Phoenix: Kasey Kahne/Beast debut Ford Racing engine

Team ASE and Beast Debut New Combination in Phoenix Phoenix, AZ; March 17, 2002; For the first time in Silver Crown car history, Ford Racing has been behind the development of the new V-8 engine that will be run in the Team ASE/Beast . This ...

Team ASE and Beast Debut New Combination in Phoenix

Phoenix, AZ; March 17, 2002; For the first time in Silver Crown car history, Ford Racing has been behind the development of the new V-8 engine that will be run in the Team ASE/Beast . This joint venture between Ford Racing, Ed Pink Engines, and Bob East has been in development for over a year now with anticipation of its debut at the 2002 Copper World Classic. "We are very excited to have Ford Racing backing us in the Silver Crown Series. We have a great relationship that has produced much success with the midget cars and we are looking to carry that momentum over to this new engine program" remarks East. With two Team ASE entries in the field, the event seemed to be starting off strong. "There were 60 cars that attempted to qualify for the top 20 spots, toughest field in years!" adds East. The two drivers, Kasey Kahne and J.J. Yeley, qualified 9th and 15th respectfully.

Just moments prior to the start of the 100 lap race, Kasey Kahne was informed by USAC that he would have to start last as a result of being 2 minutes late to the staging area. Frustrated and wrongfully penalized, the team and driver were fired up to charge through the field form their 30th starting position. The green flag dropped and Kahne did exactly what the team wanted to see. Passing car after car, Kahne marched up to the 7th position. "The car was great!" added Kahne, "we could have won the race if we were able to start in our qualifying spot of 9th, but when you have to use the car up to come from the back, the leaders have a major advantage.'.

Kahne's teammate, Yeley was also having a good run. Yeley was running a consistent race hovering in the top 10 all day.

With just 27 laps to go, the red flag was displayed and the teams were allowed to make minor adjustments. Unfortunately for Kahne, who ran over some debris form the wreck, the front end of his car was badly damaged. This gave the crew just minutes to salvage a good finish for Team ASE. After fixing the car Kahne did his best to finish the entire 100 laps. Both Kahne and Yeley finished a respectful 15th and 10th. "We were very happy with the results of the race. For the first time out with the new engine and no failures, J.J.'s top ten, and Kasey's awesome performance from the back made the team proud" boasts East "now we have a lot to go off of for the next race in Nazareth in April. We can win that race!"

Catch the Team ASE/Beast teams efforts in Phoenix on ESPN2 Saturday, March 30th at 7:30pm eastern standard time.

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Series USAC
Drivers Kasey Kahne , J.J. Yeley