* Kasey Kahne and the No. 9 Budweiser Ford team will make their seventh start at Watkins Glen International in Sunday's Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen. * Kahne gained one position in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings after...
* Kasey Kahne and the No. 9 Budweiser Ford team will make their seventh start at Watkins Glen International in Sunday's Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen.
* Kahne gained one position in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings after last weekend's race at Pocono Raceway. The driver of the No. 9 Budweiser Ford is now ranked 16th and sits 168 points outside of the 12th-place cut-off point for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup with five races remaining in the Race to the Chase.
* Fans can meet Kahne at Walmart in Watkins Glen, N.H., on Friday, Aug. 6 from 7 -- 9 p.m. The store is located at 515 East 4th Street. The appearance will include an autograph session with Kahne and the store will hand out a limited number of wristbands in advance.
* Kahne will be joined by fellow NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch in Thursday's Battle at the Grove night of racing at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa. The half-mile clay oval will play host to sprint car and dirt late model action and proceeds from the event will benefit the Kasey Kahne Foundation and other local charities. Additional details and ticket information are available at www.battleatthegrove.com.
Kasey Kahne discusses racing at Watkins Glen International:
How has the road racing learning curve been for you? "Winning Sonoma last year was a huge confidence booster for me and the No. 9 team. I think that the track time and experience has helped a bunch. I'm a really smooth driver with my feet, my hands, and in road racing you throw the car around so much more that it's important to be smooth inside the car. You have to learn how to throw the car around without losing too much time. (Road course racing) goes against everything that I've ever done inside the car. It's hard to get myself to go against the grain and drive the car like you have to."
Is qualifying up front especially critical at road courses? "It's important, but not critical. So many things can go on in these (road course) races...being on the right strategy, getting good fuel mileage and just having things go your way is a big part of winning (at Watkins Glen) on Sunday. Starting up front can never hurt -- it's better than starting in the back."