Kahne Joins Forces with Rudeen Racing for Evergreen Sprint Challenge MONROE, Wash. (July 15, 2004) - NASCAR Nextel Cup rookie sensation Kasey Kahne returns to his roots this weekend as he joins forces with Rudeen Racing for the Evergreen...
Kahne Joins Forces with Rudeen Racing for Evergreen Sprint Challenge
MONROE, Wash. (July 15, 2004) - NASCAR Nextel Cup rookie sensation Kasey Kahne returns to his roots this weekend as he joins forces with Rudeen Racing for the Evergreen State Sprint Challenge at Grays Harbor Speedway in Elma, WA.
Kahne, a native of nearby Enumclaw, WA, scored his first Northern Sprint Tour (NST) feature victory at Grays Harbor Speedway in 1998 at the tender age of 18.
A graduate of the open-wheel Sprint Car, Midget and Silver Crown ranks, the 2000 USAC National Midget champion now entertains the masses on Sundays. With an off weekend from the NASCAR scene however, Kahne jumped at the opportunity to be a part of the Rudeen Racing "Hired Guns 2004 Tour" by competing in the NST Speedweek finale near home.
In this Friday and Saturday night's Evergreen Challenge, Kahne will pilot the Rudeen Racing No. 26 Sander Engineering Maxim, the same machine that Oklahoma's Shane Stewart recently raced to a $20,000 victory in Skagit Speedway's Dirt Cup Classic.
"We're thrilled to have Kasey drive our car this weekend," commented Kevin Rudeen. "Kasey's the best racer to ever come out of Washington and we couldn't be happier for him to come home and team up for this weekend's Evergreen Challenge. Hopefully we can make it two in a row on our Hired Guns Tour."
In addition to Stewart's prior run in the Dirt Cup and Kahne this weekend, Rudeen Racing will also field an entry in the USAC/CRA event at Skagit Speedway on July 30-31, while Jason Statler will take the wheel for Skagit Speedway's 360 Nationals on August 13-14. Stewart will make his second journey of the year to the northwest to round out the Hired Guns 2004 Tour with the World of Outlaws Grays Harbor Raceway double on August 27-28.