Daytona II: Kasey Kahne preview

With 17 races completed, Kahne and the No. 9 team have scored one pole award, four top fives and five top-10 finishes. His average starting position is 10.6 and his average finish is 19.7. Kahne is currently 20th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series ...

With 17 races completed, Kahne and the No. 9 team have scored one pole award, four top fives and five top-10 finishes. His average starting position is 10.6 and his average finish is 19.7. Kahne is currently 20th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings, 174 markers out of 12th position, the cut-off point for the Chase for the Championship.

Kasey Kahne discusses racing at Daytona and running the Budweiser Armed Forces paint scheme:

How will the handling be different during this race than in the Daytona 500? "Handling is big in the 500, but this race is hot and the track has been hot for months. Some people will be able to go faster and be on the throttle more than others. You'll be lifting (off the throttle) no matter what. This track will be real slippery. You just really need to work on getting the car to drive around the corner and turn and not be too loose."

What is the key to restrictor-plate racing? "You have to make the right decisions, but a lot of it is luck. You have to depend on other cars to help you get to the front. You're really at the mercy of the cars behind you, and for whatever reason, I haven't been able to make it work at the end and win one of these things. There are so many things out of your control when it comes to plate racing, so you better hit all the marks on everything you can control, or you can really dig yourself a hole."

What does it mean to you to run the Budweiser Armed Forces paint scheme this weekend? "I am definitely looking forward to it. We unveiled the car at Fort Hood and there were a lot of people excited about it. As a driver, I am excited about it. To have the camouflage and be able to represent the Armed Forces and what they do for us is great."

-source: budweiser

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kasey Kahne