Martinsville II: Kasey Kahne preview

KASEY KAHNE QUOTES "We're doing everything we can to run up front. We've been doing that all year long. We've had some rough weekends and some great weekends. We had a great race in the No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger at Lowe's Motor ...

KASEY KAHNE QUOTES

"We're doing everything we can to run up front. We've been doing that all year long. We've had some rough weekends and some great weekends. We had a great race in the No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Now we go to Martinsville. Hopefully, it will be another good weekend. We had an awesome run at Martinsville earlier this year before a problem took us out of the race with just over 100 laps remaining. We ran in the top three throughout the first half of the race. I like racing at Martinsville. It's intense, but fun.

"The 10 drivers in The Chase have run up front all year. That makes it difficult to gain points. We're happy to get our sixth win Saturday night at Lowe's and we will do everything we can to make up the points we lost in those first three Chase races. We finished second in the No. 9 Dodge Charger at Talladega and made up 88 points. We won Saturday night and gained only 25 points on the leader. If we get some good breaks and have some good results while the guys we're racing with in the top 10 have some of those bad weekends like we had in the first three races in The Chase, then we'll be right back in the middle of it.

"I'm happy I'm in The Chase. I definitely want to win the Nextel Cup, but if things don't go our way and we can't do it this year, then that's the way it is and we'll try again in '07. As far as hitting the panic button, there's no panic. I just want to win. I want to do everything I can to run up front. My team is really good. They're always bringing me great racecars. For two-and-a-half months, we've had as good a racecar as anybody."

KASEY KAHNE FAST FACTS

Kahne has one top-five start at Martinsville Speedway (Spring 2006). He finished 35th in the race after an engine issue took him out early.

Kahne's best finish at Martinsville is a second, which he posted in the 2005 Spring race after starting 35th.

Kahne has a 94.5 percent lap completion rate at Martinsville. He has led 18 laps there over his two-and-a-half year career, 17 of the 18 laps were lead in the fall race of 2004.

The 2006 season marks the third consecutive year Evernham Motorsports has had a driver in the Chase for the Championship (Jeremy Mayfield 2004 and 2005)

Kahne is eighth in the Chase for the Championship standings, just 71 points out of third and 160 behind the leader.

-credit: em

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeremy Mayfield , Kasey Kahne