Kansas: Kasey Kahne preview

KASEY KAHNE QUOTES "Kansas is one of those "cookie cutter" tracks, but it's one I don't mind making a stop at. Our team runs well at tracks like Kansas. We came up just a bit short in qualifying last year and started second. Once the race started,...

KASEY KAHNE QUOTES
"Kansas is one of those "cookie cutter" tracks, but it's one I don't mind making a stop at. Our team runs well at tracks like Kansas. We came up just a bit short in qualifying last year and started second. Once the race started, I thought we had a strong shot at the win, but we ended up spinning out late and finished 12th.

"These mile-and-half tracks suit my style, and with the combination of Evernham engines, bodies and crew we should have a good shot at the win. But, to leave with a strong top five would be a good day for us. Saturday's Busch race will give me a chance to get some extra seat time and hopefully see how the track will change, and then we can roll that over to Sunday's race."

STATS & FACTS

KASEY KAHNE AT KANSAS
This weekend will mark Kahne's second NASCAR Nextel Cup Series start at Kansas Speedway. Kahne started second and finished 12th in the 2004 race. Of the total 267 laps in the race, Kahne led 39, 14.61 percent of the race.

SPENDING TIME UP FRONT
Kahne ranks sixth among all active drivers in laps led this season. He has held the point position for 395 laps after 29 races this season.

IN GOOD COMPANY
Kahne holds an average starting position of 13th this season. Of the drivers who have competed in all 29 races this year, Kahne is in a four-way tie with Greg Biffle, Kurt Busch and Tony Stewart for the third-best place.

Kahne's two pole positions in 2005 also rank him third in a four-way tie among drivers who have competed in all 29 races this year. Fellow drivers who share the four-way tie are Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart.

POINTS STANDINGS
Kahne holds the 21st position in the NASCAR Nextel Cup point standings. His points total of 3,002 is 20 points out of 20th and 220 out of 15th.

KAHNE AT TALLADEGA
Kahne posted a career-best finish at a restrictor plate track last weekend, taking his Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger to a 13th place finish at Talladega.

EVERNHAM MOTORSPORTS MILESTONES
Kahne's 2005 win at Richmond, in addition to teammate Jeremy Mayfield's victory at Michigan, marked the first time that Evernham Motorsports teammates had each won a NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race in the same season.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Jeremy Mayfield , Tony Stewart , Kevin Harvick , Greg Biffle , Kurt Busch , Kasey Kahne