Martinsville: Kasey Kahne preview

* In 12 previous races at Martinsville Speedway, Kasey Kahne, driver of the No. 9 Budweiser Ford, has one top five and two top-10 finishes. His best-ever run at the short track came in 2005 when he finished second. * Kahne and the No. 9...

* In 12 previous races at Martinsville Speedway, Kasey Kahne, driver of the No. 9 Budweiser Ford, has one top five and two top-10 finishes. His best-ever run at the short track came in 2005 when he finished second.

* Kahne and the No. 9 Budweiser Ford team are one of more than 40 teams spending two days testing with the spoiler on the COT at Charlotte Motor Speedway this week as part of NASCAR's test session at the 1.5-mile speedway.

Kasey Kahne discusses spoiler testing, the 2010 season and Martinsville:

You're 23rd in points. How would you assess your season thus far? "I feel like we've had a pretty good five races -- seven if you count the other two to start the year -- so I feel pretty good about where we're at and where we can still go this year. We've had just a few things go on, but that's racing and things happen. I think we can recover from that and gain some of those points back pretty quick, and get in the top 12 and win races."

Do you notice any difference in feel between the spoiler and the wing? "To me, it has more drag and then in the corners the car seems pretty planted. I think it will be good when you're racing cars, but there are two things here. This is the first time I've driven the spoiler and it's the first time I've driven on this tire. This is a different tire than what we had last year, so is it the spoiler I'm feeling in the corner? Is it the tire I'm feeling in the corner? It's kind of difficult to say, but there's definitely more drag on the straightaway and then you just work around the feeling in the corner. It's just fine, but it's hard to say exactly what's going on in the corners because this is my first time with the spoiler."

Is Martinsville the best place to start with the spoiler because there's little aero involved? "I think Martinsville is good, definitely before we get to another fast track is the time to do it. It's great to have a test (at Charlotte) and to practice with it a little bit before we go to some of these places, but I think Martinsville is good."

Specifically, what do you expect with the spoiler at Martinsville? Are the speeds so low that it's just not going to make a difference? "They're low and just the way that it feels (at Charlotte), I wouldn't say that it would make much of a difference, if any difference, at Martinsville. We know it's going to race different (at Charlotte) just because the speeds are up and it's completely different than a wing, but it still feels pretty similar, so you get to a short track where there's not nearly as much air on it, I'd say it's a wash. Either way, you could go to Martinsville and probably run about the same."

-source: rmp

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kasey Kahne