BUSCH: Bristol: Kasey Kahne race notes

Kahne pilots the Auto Value-Bumper to Bumper Dodge to 19th place finish The Auto Value-Bumper To Bumper Dodge, driven this week by Kasey Kahne, looked poised to put on an impressive display of racing prowess at the power-packed half mile Bristol...

Kahne pilots the Auto Value-Bumper to Bumper Dodge to 19th place finish

The Auto Value-Bumper To Bumper Dodge, driven this week by Kasey Kahne, looked poised to put on an impressive display of racing prowess at the power-packed half mile Bristol Motor Speedway. After climbing to 10th on the practice speed charts, Kahne qualified his Dodge 17th with a lap of 15.536 seconds (just over two one-hundredths of a second off of the eventual pole time).Blessed with the all-important inside line on the start, Kahne looked to drive through the field and up to the front.

Contact from Dale Earnhardt Jr. damaged the left rear of the No. 9 Auto Value-Bumper To Bumper Dodge in the race's early laps. The impact of Earnhardt's car pushed the No. 9 Dodge into the car of Jason Leffler causing damage to the machine's grill. After suffering some minor overheating issues, Kahne pitted and had tape removed off the front of the grill and put on four sticker tires; however, the situation escalated as NASCAR penalized Kahne for speeding coming off pit road. Kahne was sent to the tail-end of the longest line (31st position) and his quest back to the front began.

Kahne and crew chief Mike Shiplett used strategy to regain lost track position as Kahne stayed out during yellow-flag pit stops. The gamble paid off as Kahne briefly became the race's new leader.

After running in the top-ten for the majority of the day, Kahne reported the car had a vibration with the possibility of a tire going down. A pit stop that saw tape removal from the right side of the car briefly remedied the ill-handling machine but the Auto Value-Bumper To Bumper Dodge went two laps down because of the emergency green flag pit stop.

Unfortunately for Kahne, time ran out on his day as he finished the race two laps down and in 19th place.

"I'm disappointed. We just had a lot of bad luck today and the thing is, you have to be perfect at a place like (Bristol)," said Kahne. "The race has to be one hundred percent flawless and that just didn't happen today. The Auto Value-Bumper To Bumper Dodge was good but we just didn't have the good luck needed to win here."

Kahne's race-used helmet to be auctioned off for Auto Value-Bumper To Bumper's Charity Cars program

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 wore a special, one-of-a-kind helmet scheme during 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."

Radio Chatter from Kasey Kahne:

"I don't mind if we stay out with everybody pitting." Kasey, talking strategy with crew chief Mike Shiplett, on how to make up for lost track position

"We're really putting a show on today."

A sarcastic Kasey during NASCAR's re-shuffling of the field after a scoring error

"It just didn't get any better." After pitting because of a vibration, Kasey briefed his crew on the feel of the car, post-pit stop

Next up for Auto Value-Bumper To Bumper:

Scott Riggs will once again take over the reigns of the No. 10 Auto Value-Bumper To Bumper / Valvoline Dodge in NASCAR Nextel Cup Series action from Michigan International Speedway on Sunday, August 19.

-credit: em

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Jason Leffler , Scott Riggs , Kasey Kahne