Atlanta II: Kasey Kahne preview

* With two races remaining before the 12-car Chase field is determined, Kasey Kahne is currently in the 11th position in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver point standings, 52 points ahead of the 13th-place driver. This weekend, Kahne heads to ...

* With two races remaining before the 12-car Chase field is determined, Kasey Kahne is currently in the 11th position in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver point standings, 52 points ahead of the 13th-place driver. This weekend, Kahne heads to Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS), which he credits as his favorite track, looking to gain ground in his quest to solidify a spot in the 2009 Chase for the Championship.

* Kahne will need to leave Atlanta with a 162 point advantage over the 13th-place driver in order to clinch a position in the Chase.

* This Sunday night will mark Kahne's 12th career start at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

* Kahne scored a win at Atlanta during the spring race in 2006 after starting from the pole. He led 85 laps en route to the win.

* In 12 starts at the 1.54-mile speedway, Kahne has four top-five and six top-10 finishes.

* Kahne has an average start of 11th and an average finish of 19th at AMS.

* Kahne will run double duty at AMS. In addition to competing in Sunday's Sprint Cup event, Kahne will also race in the Nationwide Series on Saturday night, piloting the No. 10 Fritos car.

* Kahne will be available for interviews with the media following his qualifying lap on Saturday. He'll be in the media bullpen on pit road if he qualifies in the top three; he'll be at the #9 hauler if he qualifies outside the top three. Qualifying starts at 4:40 p.m.

* Kahne, a Washington native, and Sound Harley-Davidson, a Marysville, Wash. motorcycle dealer, have teamed up to present "Raising Kahne for Kids" benefit motorcycle ride on Sunday, Sept. 13th to raise funds for the Kasey Kahne Foundation. For more information or to register for the event, please visit www.raisingkahneforkids.com.

Kahne discusses the point standings and racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway:

You've been on the Chase bubble before, does the pressure get any easier to handle? "I think the reason that it gets easier is because you try to relax and work with your team and do what you can there. It's all about the team guys and how everyone is stepping up together and communicating together. If we just keep doing that same stuff that we've been doing, hopefully it's enough to make the Chase."

Talk about the multiple grooves at AMS. "Your car may be good on the bottom early in the race, but as the track changes the car may work better up top. It's important to move around to make sure you are running the quickest line. A line that didn't work early may be the right line later in the race. Just because another driver is having success with one line doesn't mean the setup you have in your car will automatically produce the same kind of results."

With two races remaining until the Chase begins, just 89 points separate the seventh to14th-place drivers. "It's a tight battle. Any little mistake can definitely cost you a lot of points and hurt your chances. We had a lot bigger point cushion heading into Bristol and just one race later, our points were cut in half. I just try and focus on my racecar. We're doing the same things that we've been doing, trying to get the balance where it needs to be so that we can race and be competitive on race day. Hopefully it works out. You definitely think about it, but there's nothing that you can do. All you can do is perform and try and run strong on race day. If we can do that the rest will take care of itself."

-credit: rpm

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