No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Race Facts Driver: Kasey Kahne Team Director: Tommy Baldwin Team Owner: Ray Evernham Kasey Kahne Quotes KASEY KAHNE ON CALIFORNIA "I'm looking forward to going to California. California is one of my...
No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Race Facts
Driver: Kasey Kahne
Team Director: Tommy Baldwin
Team Owner: Ray Evernham
Kasey Kahne Quotes
KASEY KAHNE ON CALIFORNIA
"I'm looking forward to going to California. California is one of my good tracks. I like racing there. It fits my style and these Evernham Dodges. I think we're going to be fast out there. We have a good car to take to California.
"I have a lot more confidence on tracks like California, because we've run well on similar tracks. I know that's where Jimmie Johnson got his first win in his rookie season, and it would be nice to go to victory lane on the West Coast, that's for sure. But, we've just got to keep running up front and if we do, we'll get a win."
TUES-WED TEST SESSION AT SONOMA
"I'm excited about testing at Sonoma this week. I'm happy to go there. I really like road course racing. I'm looking forward to going out there and see what it's like in a stock car. I spent some time at Sonoma in a Dodge Viper not too long ago, so it will be interesting to see the difference. Hopefully the Dodge/Save Mart 350 will be a good race for us."
Stats & Facts
KASEY KAHNE AT CALIFORNIA
* Kasey Kahne has made two Busch Series starts at California Speedway in the past two years. He started ninth and finished fourth in the 2003 1-800-PIT-SHOP.com 300. Kahne moved up from a 40th place start to finish 18th in the 2002 Busch race.
FAST ON FRIDAYS
* Kahne's 10.33 average starting position is fourth best among all Nextel Cup drivers after nine races. He has two poles in that span (second-best on the circuit), and has qualified in the top-five on five occasions.
* Last weekend at Talladega, Kahne started Sunday's race in the 26th position and quickly drove his Dodge into the top 10 by lap 10. Unfortunately, the No. 9 Dodge was spun by another car on lap 22, and, although the car was not damaged, Kahne had to return to the pits for four tires. He worked his way through field again, moving from the 41st spot up to the 13th by lap 73. Then, the big one hit. The No. 9 Dodge was hit by another car on lap 84 and was collected in the pileup in turn four. The No. 9 Dodge went to the garage for repairs, and, thanks to the hard work of the Dew Crew, returned to the field on lap 122 and finished 30th on the day.
ADDING UP THE POINTS
* After racing at Talladega Kahne collected 73 points for the day, and moved to 12th in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series points standings. He is just 110 points out of the top five, and 267 points out of first place.
HEAD OF THE CLASS
* After nine races, Kahne maintains a commanding 32-point lead in the Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year standings. He has been the top rookie finisher in five races (Rockingham, Las Vegas, Atlanta, Darlington, and Texas) and the top rookie qualifier five times (Rockingham, Las Vegas, Darlington, Bristol and Texas).
GIVE ME FIVE!
* Kahne's string of three top-fives in his first four career starts made him the first driver to accomplish the feat in more than 40 years of NASCAR racing. Most recently, Curley Barker notched three top-fives in his first four Grand National starts from May to September of 1963. Kahne joins Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson as one of just three drivers to score at least four top-five finishes this season.
QUICK OUT OF THE BOX
* In this year's UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Kahne won his first NASCAR Nextel Cup pole position by posting a speed of 174.904 mph (30.874 sec.), shattering Bobby Labonte's previous track record of 173.016 mph. (31.211 sec.) by nearly two miles per hour. Kahne earned his second career pole position this year at Darlington, making him one of only five NASCAR drivers to do so in their first five career starts (Mark Martin -- '81, Dick Hutcherson -- '64, Bob Burdick -- '59, John Kieper -- '56). No driver had earned more than two poles in that span.
NO. 9 DODGE DEALERS/UAW DODGE
THE DEW CREW
The No. 9 pit crew took top honors in 2003 in the Union 76 Pit Crew Competition and was voted The Sporting News Pit Crew of the Year. The pit crew propelled the 2003 No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge driver Bill Elliott's return to the year-end top 10. They also claimed eight wins in the Pit Crew Championship and finished fourth in the program's year-end standings.