Pocono: Kasey Kahne preview

Kasy Kahne quotes "We tested up there last week and it went pretty good. We learned a lot about the car we tested so we can bring a better car to the race. I like Pocono because of the difference corners. And I think the shifting will make it...

Kasy Kahne quotes

"We tested up there last week and it went pretty good. We learned a lot about the car we tested so we can bring a better car to the race. I like Pocono because of the difference corners. And I think the shifting will make it interesting."

"Bill Elliott has always been good at Pocono, and he's given me a lot of pointers. He's helping me learn how to get through the corners. He's got great insight on how to each corner is different and how I need to get through it."

"Last weekend didn't work out like we wanted, but I'm not going to let that bother me. When we ran the Busch race on Monday, the first lap was just as fast as the last lap we ran on Sunday. You've just got to keep looking forward, not backward."

"This weekend, we want to put ourselves in a position to finish in the top 10. We want to learn all day long, and if we learn enough, maybe we'll put our Dodge in the top five by the end of the race."

STATS & FACTS

KASEY KAHNE AT POCONO

This weekend will mark Kahne's first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series start at Pocono. The team tested at Pocono on June 3rd.

ADDING UP THE POINTS

After racing at Dover, Kahne is in the 12th spot in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series points standings. He is 71 points out of the top 10 and 438 points out of first place.

RED-HOT ROOKIE

After 13 races, Kahne maintains a commanding 40 point lead in the Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year standings.

FAST ON FRIDAYS

Kahne's 12.61 average starting position ranks seventh on the NEXTEL Cup circuit after 13 races. He has three poles (tying him for the series lead), and has qualified in the top-five on six occasions.

QUICK OUT OF THE BOX

Kahne earned his third Bud Pole Award of 2004 at California, putting him well on his way to challenging Ryan Newman's record six poles in a rookie season. Kahne set a qualifying record at Las Vegas for his first pole this year. He earned his second pole at Darlington just two races later, making him one of only five NASCAR drivers to earn multiple poles in their first five career starts.

LAST WEEKEND...

Kasey Kahne, driver of the No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge, started the day 12th with a qualifying run of 22.685 seconds at 158.695 mph. His Dodge had handling problems early on, but he still worked his way up to the sixth position by lap 20. On lap 191, Kahne passed for the fourth position, then moved to third on lap 195 and second on lap 201. He ran in the second spot for the next hundred laps, with teammate Mayfield close behind him. When Mayfield retook the lead on lap 326, Kahne was close behind. Kahne passed for the lead on lap 345. When danger hit on lap 347, Kahne was among the few cars that avoided the melee. When the red flag was lifted, Kahne was in the lead spot. Once green-flag racing conditions returned, Kahne led the field for 36 laps. However, another driver spread oil on the race track when an engine expired, and Kahne spun in the unseen oil on lap 381, sending his inaugural victory spinning, too, and ending his day prematurely.

GIVE ME FIVE!

Kahne's string of three top-fives in his first four career starts made him the first driver to accomplish the feat in more than 40 years of NASCAR racing. Most recently, Curley Barker notched three top-fives in his first four Grand National starts from May to September of 1963.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bill Elliott , Ryan Newman , Kasey Kahne