Watkins Glen: Kasey Kahne preview

Kahne drove this chassis in the Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway in June KASEY KAHNE QUOTES "The last six races have been disappointing for the No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger team. After the win at Michigan, we've had only one ...

Kahne drove this chassis in the Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway in June

KASEY KAHNE QUOTES

"The last six races have been disappointing for the No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger team. After the win at Michigan, we've had only one top-10 finish, an eighth at New Hampshire. We have to change that these next five races. We need to run in the top 10, be consistent and hopefully win a couple of races. If we get the race performance back to our potential, the Chase will take care of itself.

"We had a good test at VIR (Virginia International Raceway in Danville, Va.) in preparation for Watkins Glen. I think we've made progress with our road-course program and I have improved as a driver. We are capable of having a good run at Watkins Glen.

"There's a lot of pressure on every driver out there each week, especially those in the battle for a spot in the Chase. It's not that we haven't been doing everything possible to perform well and win the past six races. We've worked as hard as we did in winning four races. Now, we have to step up and make it happen in these next five races. The first step comes at Watkins Glen."

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Kahne will be running a special Dodge SRT paint scheme this weekend, promoting Dodge's line of SRT (Street and Racing Technology) vehicles. It is the same scheme that was on the car at Infineon Raceway in June.

Kahne tested with road-course ace and part-time teammate Boris Said at Virginia International Raceway last Tuesday in preparation for this weekend's race at The Glen.

Kahne has two starts at Watkins Glen International Raceway, and although he has not posted a top-five or top-ten finish, he has no DNFs and has posted two solid top-20 finishes.

Kahne has completed all of the laps he has attempted at The Glen (182 of 182), giving him a 100 percent lap-completion rate at the 11-turn, 3.37 mile road course.

-credit: em

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Boris Said , Kasey Kahne