Indianapolis: Kasey Kahne preview

Budweiser Racing Team Notes of Interest * This weekend will mark Kasey Kahne's fifth career start at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS). * In four starts at the famed Brickyard, Kahne has two top-five finishes. * Kahne has an average...

Budweiser Racing Team Notes of Interest

* This weekend will mark Kasey Kahne's fifth career start at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS).

* In four starts at the famed Brickyard, Kahne has two top-five finishes.

* Kahne has an average start of sixth and an average finish of 21st at IMS.

* Kahne has only one start outside of the top five at IMS (he started 12th in 2004).

* Kahne led 39 laps en route to a runner-up finish in only his second start at the Brickyard.

* Kahne is 11th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver point standings. He is 586 points behind series leader Kyle Busch.

Kahne Discusses Racing in the Allstate 400 at IMS:

What would winning at the Brickyard mean to you?"Winning at the Brickyard and the Daytona 500 are on the top of my list. I think it depends on what type of racing background you have which one is more important to you. For me, coming up in the sprint car ranks, I raced in the Indianapolis area a lot and learned early on how significant winning at the Brickyard was. When you think about the drivers that have won at Indy throughout the years it would mean a lot to be able to add my name to that list. We've been close a few times and it's certainly a victory I'd love to pull off."

Talk about the next few races? "I'm really looking forward to this next seven-race stretch. Those tracks should all be good for us. I feel like we're still learning, still getting better. We've got some great racecars. For Indy, we have a brand new car that is being built that looks awesome. I'm excited. It's a great time of the season, a great time of the year for us to show that we deserve to be in the top-12 in points and hopefully win a couple more times before the Chase rolls around."

Do you still feel like your team is progressing? "I know that we are progressing as a team, as a company. All the cars are better and the things that we are doing to the race cars are much different from what we did four months ago. So I think, as a company, we are definitely progressing. I've really learned a lot about the COT and how to make it turn and still be on the race track. That was our biggest problem. I feel like we're really close to being more competitive than we have been."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kasey Kahne , Kyle Busch