BUSCH: Bristol: Kasey Kahne preview

Kasey Kahne and Auto Value-Bumper To Bumper team up to tackle Bristol For the third consecutive season, Evernham Motorsports and its drivers Kasey Kahne, Scott Riggs, and Elliott Sadler will be a part of the Auto Value-Bumper To Bumper ...

Kasey Kahne and Auto Value-Bumper To Bumper team up to tackle Bristol

For the third consecutive season, Evernham Motorsports and its drivers Kasey Kahne, Scott Riggs, and Elliott Sadler will be a part of the Auto Value-Bumper To Bumper family.

Kasey Kahne will drive the No. 9 Auto Value-Bumper To Bumper Dodge this Saturday as the NASCAR Busch Series takes to the mighty Bristol Motor Speedway. This will be the only time this season that Kasey will don the red, black, and yellow for Auto Value-Bumper To Bumper.

Before Kasey goes for his first win at Thunder Valley, he offers some insight into the season, racing at Bristol, and Auto Value-Bumper To Bumper:

The two Busch Series races that you've been in haven't been favorable to you. Since you're not running for points, what is your goal for the season?

"It's to really just have some fun and win races. This a great bunch of guys that Ray (Evernham, car owner) has assembled. We can still win an owners points championship but for the most part, it's so that Scott (Riggs), Elliott (Sadler), and myself can have a little bit of fun while getting some track time."

Bristol is typically a raced filled with hot tempers and high attrition. What is the key to putting yourself in a position to win a race here?

"You have to be perfect from day one. Qualify well, hit all of your pit stops--a lot can happen here in an instant, so there's a great deal of luck involved. The key for this weekend is to just survive long enough where you can be able to make a run toward the end of the race."

Since the "Car of Tomorrow" debuts in Sunday's Nextel Cup race, not a whole lot of information will come out of running the Busch Series event. Is there anything at all that you can gain from being on the track for 300 miles on Saturday?

"We can see how the track is going to treat us and how the tire compound affects us. The C.O.T. will certainly limit the information gathering from the Busch Series, but I am still looking forward to

just having some fun and putting the Auto Value-Bumper To Bumper car in victory lane on Saturday."

Obviously the experts at Evernham Motorsports help with the maintenance of the No. 9 Auto Value-Bumper To Bumper Dodge, but what have the experts at Auto Value-Bumper To Bumper done recently to help maintain your personal car?

"I try to take good care of my Dodge Ram pick-up as best I as possibly can. We take a lot of trips with it, so I took it to Auto Value-Bumper To Bumper to get the tires rotated. Now, we can put some more miles on it and trust that they did the job right."

Being from Enumclaw, Washington, you expect a friendly face and personal service at a local parts store. Is that why you're such a fan of Auto Value-Bumper To Bumper?

"Yes, absolutely. They get it--when it comes to my vehicle, I want somebody who knows me and has the know- how to do the job done right. Auto Value-Bumper To Bumper is great for giving you the personal attention that you deserve."

"The Auto Value-Bumper To Bumper store in Orting (Washington) is just a couple of miles down the road from Enumclaw. Not only are they great at what they do, but they know what I expect from them and they never fail to deliver."

Race Facts

* Kasey will be piloting chassis No. B11, the same car that Scott Riggs put on the pole at Dover International Speedway last year.

* The last time Kasey donned the Auto Value-Bumper To Bumper colors was at this very track last August, where he qualified fifth and finished fourth. This also came in chassis No. B11.

* Kasey has competed in seven NASCAR Busch Series races at Bristol Motor Speedway with an average finish 20.4., slightly better than his finishing percentage in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series, which is 23.2.

Auto Value-Bumper To Bumper and its vendor partners are currently giving a helping hand to victims of domestic violence through its Charity Cars Program.

The program takes in donated cars from store customers and then allows the Auto Value-Bumper To Bumper experts to inspect and ensure that each and every car is ready for the road. The refurbished vehicles will then be presented to over 500 recipients across the nation, all of whom are victims of domestic violence.

"I'm so very proud of our entire membership for supporting this program and lending a helping hand. So many times people want to pull themselves up but just don't have the means -- no transportation or no money to get transportation," said Richard H. Morgan, president and CEO of Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, parent company to Auto Value-Bumper To Bumper. "This car give-away will help families within each community rebuild their lives and start fresh. There's no better feeling than being a part of that."

The campaign is believed to be one of the largest charitable vehicle donations to domestic violence victims in history.

Purchase Kasey's helmet, support Charity Cars program The Kasey Kahne Foundation partners with Charity Cars

The Kasey Kahne Foundation, in conjunction with Auto Value-Bumper To Bumper's Charity Cars program, will auction off Kasey's race-used helmet from this Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series race.

Kasey will be wearing a special, one-of-a-kind helmet scheme for the running of the Sharpie 300. The helmet, designed by Troy Lee Designs, will be put up for bid on eBay on April 9, 2007. All proceeds from the auction go to the Auto Value-Bumper To Bumper Charity Cars program. Logon to ebay.com/kaseykahnefoundation for auction details.

"What Auto Value-Bumper To Bumper has done for victims of domestic violence has been truly outstanding," said Kahne. "Sometimes people need a little bit of help in getting back on their feet and the people here at Auto Value-Bumper To Bumper are doing just that. I'm honored that they've asked that the Kasey Kahne Foundation be a partner in this cause."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Scott Riggs , Kasey Kahne , Elliott Sadler