Martinsville: Kasey Kahne preview

Budweiser Racing Team Notes of Interest * This weekend will mark Kasey Kahne's 11th career start at Martinsville Speedway. * Kahne earned a runner-up finish at Martinsville in the spring of 2005. * In addition to the second-place ...

Budweiser Racing Team Notes of Interest

* This weekend will mark Kasey Kahne's 11th career start at Martinsville Speedway.

* Kahne earned a runner-up finish at Martinsville in the spring of 2005.

* In addition to the second-place finish at Martinsville, Kahne has one other top-10 finish. He finished seventh during the fall of 2006.

* Kahne has an average start of 23rd and an average finish of 19th at Martinsville.

* Kahne has improved his finish in every race this season. After starting out with a 29th-place finish in the season opener at Daytona, Kahne has finished 12th, 11th, seventh and fifth, respectively in the last four races.

* Kahne is currently sixth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver point standings. He is 26 points behind fifth place and 155 points behind series leader Jeff Gordon.

Kahne discusses racing in the Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway:

Does patience play a large role at Martinsville? "I think it does, but hopefully not as much because you're not worried about aero here. It's more about handling and getting the car to turn and trying to get as much forward drive off the corner as you can. That's the good thing about Martinsville, there's no real aero tight here. If you're tight, you're tight -- your car just isn't turning that day."

Do you think drivers have a natural feel for Martinsville? Either you get it or you don't? "I think that it's both. As a driver, I've learned a lot about racing here. But I also think that my car has gotten better at this track. The first time I was here, I could barely go around it. I wasn't even close to qualifying well here. The next year, I was better and the car drove ten times better than the year before and we ran second. It's a tough track and I think that some people pick this track up quicker than others, but I also think that you need a car with a good set up to win a race here."

Bristol was your first top-five since Charlotte in October; you have to be happy about your progress this season?

"Yeah, I am. We've made some really good gains in the last two weeks. The first three races, I felt like we were on the edge and not sure really which way we were going. I'm real happy with where our points are right now (sixth). Our whole Budweiser team has done a great job just getting the most points we could every race. "

-credit: rpm

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Kasey Kahne