Kasey Kahne eighth in I-80 opener

GREENWOOD, NE (September 21) -- Kasey Kahne has hit the auto racing world by storm this year, racing with the leaders in every major open wheel series. The 20-year-old driver from Enumclaw, WA, hit the trail with the Pennzoil World of ...

GREENWOOD, NE (September 21) -- Kasey Kahne has hit the auto racing world by storm this year, racing with the leaders in every major open wheel series. The 20-year-old driver from Enumclaw, WA, hit the trail with the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Thursday when "the greatest show on dirt" opened the Circuit City Shootout at I-80 Speedway and finished eighth in the Preliminary Feature. Although he was only the 16th-fastest qualifier in the 49-car field, Kahne drove his family's #23K sprinter to victory in the Fourth NAPA AUTO PARTS Heat Race. His third-place finish in the CHANNELLOCK Dash put him inside the second row in the feature line-up. Kasey lost an early battle with defending Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series champion Mark Kinser, but raced with him for much of the 20-lap race. He also exchanged positions with Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Rookie of the Year Danny Wood, Gumout Series points leader Craig Dollansky, Gold Cup Race of Champions winner Danny Lasoski and "King of the Outlaws" Steve Kinser before settling for eighth place. Kahne left the Circuit City Shootout to race in Friday's True Value Hullman-Hoosier Hundred USAC Coors Light Silver Bullet event at Indiana State Fairgrounds Speedway. Kahne, who ranks 10th in the point standings, won the series' most recent race -- the DuQuoin Century at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds in DuQuoin, IL -- Labor Day. Kasey will return to the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' 53rd event of the year Saturday. TNN Sports will televise the feature program live, starting at 9 p.m. EDT. Kahne will also race at Huset's Speedway in Brandon, SD, Sunday when the World of Outlaws Gumout Series sanctions the annual "Cheaters' Day" event.

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Mark Kinser , Kasey Kahne , Steve Kinser , Craig Dollansky