Daytona: Kasey Kahne preview

Kasey Kahne Returns to the Seat of the Familiar Great Clips Machine in Nationwide Series Season Opener * In this weekend's NASCAR Nationwide Series season-opener, Kasey Kahne will return to the seat of the No. 38 Great Clips Camry after a ...

Kasey Kahne Returns to the Seat of the Familiar Great Clips Machine in Nationwide Series Season Opener

* In this weekend's NASCAR Nationwide Series season-opener, Kasey Kahne will return to the seat of the No. 38 Great Clips Camry after a five year hiatus. Kahne drove the No. 38 Great Clips machine from 2003-2005, before becoming a rising star in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Kahne will drive the No. 38 Camry in eight races throughout 2010 while Jason Leffler completes the remaining balance of races.

* Who's on the pit box? Stewart Cooper will call the shots for Kahne and serve as crew chief for the No. 38 Great Clips team in the eight races that Kahne is behind the wheel.

* Kahne brought Great Clips their first win! From 2003-2005, Kahne and his sponsor, Great Clips, Inc., reached momentous milestones, including capturing Kahne's first Nationwide Series victory in 2003 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It was also Great Clips' first win as a primary sponsor. In 2005, Kahne captured his second career win at Texas Motor Speedway before leaving the Nationwide Series to allow more time for his Sprint Cup Series efforts.

* Kahne's Daytona Highlights... In 14 NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at Daytona, Kahne has accumulated two top-five and six top-10 finishes, with 15 laps led. He has an average start of 15.5, an average finish of 22.6 and has completed 1238 of 1536 laps (80%). His best performance at the 2.5-mile tri-oval occurred last July when he drove a Braun Racing entry to a fifth-place finish after starting 15th.

* Longest-running sponsor in the Nationwide Series... When the green flag drops on Saturday afternoon, Great Clips will officially become the longest-running primary sponsor in the series. The Minneapolis-based Great Clips, Inc. came onto the scene in 2001 as a primary sponsor of Akins Motorsports No. 38 entry, then driven by Christian Elder.

Kahne on racing at Daytona International Speedway

"You have to make the right decisions, but a lot of it is luck. You have to depend on other cars to help you get to the front. You're really at the mercy of the cars behind you, and for whatever reason, I haven't been able to make it work at the end and win one of these things. There are so many things out of your control when it comes to plate racing, so you better hit all the marks on everything you can control, or you can really dig yourself a hole."

Kahne on returning to the familiar Great Clips machine

"I'm really looking forward to climbing back in that familiar Great Clips car. It's awesome to be able to partner up with Great Clips again after all this time. I got my start with them as my sponsor back in 2003, and that's something I have never forgotten. We are not running for a championship so my ultimate goal is take this Great Clips team back to victory lane. If we can get it done right out of the gate here at Daytona, it would be awesome!"

Equipment Information

The No. 38 Great Clips team will hit the track with chassis #005 in this weekend's Drive 4 COPD 300. This is the same chassis Kahne piloted in last season's July event at Daytona under the Braun Racing banner, posting a fifth-place finish after starting 15th.

-source: braun racing

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Kasey Kahne , Christian Elder