Kahne to race USAC gauntlet at Four Crown Nationals

ROSSBURG, OH (September 25) -- Kasey Kahne is looking forward to a new experience when the United States Auto Club runs three classes of open-wheel race cars in the 20th Annual Four Crown Nationals at Eldora Speedway this weekend. The ...

ROSSBURG, OH (September 25) -- Kasey Kahne is looking forward to a new experience when the United States Auto Club runs three classes of open-wheel race cars in the 20th Annual Four Crown Nationals at Eldora Speedway this weekend. The 20-year-old racer from Enumclaw, WA, will race all three divisions -- the MCI WorldCom Midget Cars, the Stoops Freightliner Sprint Cars and the Coors Light Silver Bullet Cars -- for the first time in one event at "The World's Fastest Half-Mile." The two-day event will feature qualifying and preliminaries Friday, while Saturday's races include 25-lap midget, 30-lap sprint car and 50-lap Silver Bullet features. "I'm looking forward to this weekend," Kasey said Monday. "I'm going to race three cars in one day, something I've never done before. It will be tough, but I think we have a chance to win every race we run. I want to win them all." Kahne holds a comfortable 227-point advantage over Jay Drake in their battle for the MCI WorldCom Midget Cars Series championship. He has finished out of the top 10 in only one of 18 races and has five feature victories. Kasey has raced in only half of the 26 sprint car events, but still ranks 13th in the point standings. He has eight-top 10 finishes, including six in the top five, and is still searching for his first victory. Kahne is 15 points behind Brandon Petty, who has competed in 17 races, has four top-10s and a victory. The Four Crown Nationals is the next-to-last Stoops Freightliner Sprint Car Series race of the season. Winchester Speedway will host the finale October 22nd. Kahne moved ahead of veteran Russ Gamester into ninth place in the Coors Light Silver Bullet Racing Series standings with a 10th-place finish in Friday's A.J. Foyt Hulman/Hoosier 100 at Indiana State Fairgrounds Speedway. He has run eight of the 10 races, finishing in the top 10 four times. "We weren't really that good Friday in Indianapolis," Kahne said. "We had motor problems. The car was tight in the corners and it wouldn't take off. We were good on straightaways, but that was about it."

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Series USAC
Drivers Kasey Kahne , Jay Drake , Russ Gamester , Brandon Petty , A.J. Foyt