The No. 9 Evernham Dodge team of Kasey Kahne didn't garner the finish they wanted at New Hampshire International Speedway last weekend; but they are looking ahead to Dover this week to change things. Despite a 16th place finish in the first...
The No. 9 Evernham Dodge team of Kasey Kahne didn't garner the finish they wanted at New Hampshire International Speedway last weekend; but they are looking ahead to Dover this week to change things.
Despite a 16th place finish in the first Chase race, Kahne still got lucky. He moved from 10th to eighth in points after Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch both suffered wrecks killing them in the points.
"We didn't have the finish we worked very hard for last week at New Hampshire, but we didn't wreck the car and finished 16th," Kahne commented. "I thought we had a top-10 racecar, but it was too tight there at the end of the race and we couldn't challenge the leaders."
For Kahne, going into the second race of the Chase, the focus is still on running better than 16th.
"Dover can be very tough," explained Kahne. "It's fast. If something happens in front of you, it's difficult to avoid. We've had our share of bad luck there in the past, but finished seventh in the first race this year. The best situation will be to start up front in the No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger and not have to gamble on pit strategy for track position.
"Kenny (Francis, team director) has been successful at Dover in the past. And we have tracks coming up where we've had success earlier this year. We didn't get off to as good a start in the Chase as we wanted, but there's still a lot of racing before this championship is decided. I'm making my 100th start this weekend. Maybe that's worth a little extra good luck."
Kahne might need some luck this weekend; he has just one top-5 and one top- 10 at Dover and has had three DNF's at that track. He does, however, continue to lead all drivers in overall wins this season, with five.