Kasey Kahne "We've had fast racecars at Pocono and some success with a couple of top-10 finishes. It's a tough track on equipment. The three different turns present a challenge for all teams. The No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge holds the track ...
"We've had fast racecars at Pocono and some success with a couple of top-10 finishes. It's a tough track on equipment. The three different turns present a challenge for all teams. The No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge holds the track qualifying record (2004), but we have our work cut out finding the balance we need to be competitive. Pocono is certainly one of the toughest places to find that balance.
"We made progress last week at Indy, but lost an opportunity to make more gains when we ended up in an accident early in the race. We plan to run the '06 nose and package the rest of the year, but we will be making changes and improvements to that package each week. We went back to the '06 nose and package to re-establish a baseline. When you go in the wrong direction and keep trying to make that better, you can end up falling further away from the point where you were running competitively. Based on all the information, the decision was made to finish the season with the '06 package. We won races last year with this package."
* In 2004 Kahne became the first rookie to take the Bud Pole at Pocono.
* Kahne has led five laps and averaged a starting spot of 9.3 at the colossal 2.5-mile raceway.
* He knows how to navigate the unique triangular track as he has qualified in the top-10 in four of his seven career starts.
* His best finish at Pocono is a third in the 2004 fall event.
* Kahne is in his fourth season with Evernham Motorsports. He posted a series-high six wins last year and earned a berth in the Chase for the Nextel Cup.