Kasey Kahne/Ultimate Chargers Dodge Charger Fast Facts Richmond International Raceway

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Driver: Kasey Kahne
Team Director: Trip Bruce
Car Director: Todd Devnich
Engineer: Mike Wolf
Team Owner: Ray Evernham
Sponsor: Lipton
Chassis No. 8: This is a new short track chassis run only once by Bill Elliott at Memphis where he qualified sixth and finished 16th.


"I am ready to get back to Busch racing this Friday night. Richmond is one of my favorite tracks and I love the one-day show schedule they have the Busch Series on. This weekend we have Lipton on our car which is special because I worked with them a lot before the Daytona 500 to campaign the Lipton Live Well Challenge."

"I got my first NEXTEL Cup win at this track a year ago. It is a big contrast going to Richmond from Talladega last week. There is a lot more that is in a driver's control at Richmond whether that be getting through the turns or avoiding a wreck. There is a lot of passing, especially on the long runs. One of the most important parts about driving Richmond is having a car that will turn good when you are off the throttle entering the turns. I am looking forward to working with Trip (Bruce) and those guys some more. We tested for two days with this same chassis a while back and I feel like we really narrowed in on a strong race setup so we will be looking for more of that on our return."


  • Saturday's race marks Kahne's eighth NASCAR Busch Series start at Richmond International Raceway (RIR). In seven races at the track he has an average starting position of 13.3 and an average finish of 14.0.
  • The last time Kahne drove the Ultimate Chargers Dodge was at Texas Motor Speedway where he finished 11th.
  • Friday night's race marks the first time this season that the Ultimate Charger's Dodge will carry the Lipton Tea brand on its hood.
  • The No. 9 Lipton/Ultimate Chargers Dodge Charger will be pitted by Kahne's Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Nextel Cup team.
  • In Nextel Cup competition Kahne has one pole and one win, both coming in the spring race at Richmond International Raceway (RIR) last season.
    Starts: 7 Laps led: 203
    Poles: 2 Laps completed: 1626 OF 1753 (92.8 percent)
    Wins: 0 Average start: 13.3
    Top 5s: 1 Average finish: 14.0
    Top 10s: 3 Total Winnings: $108,980

    Starts: 4 Laps led: 248
    Poles: 1 Laps completed: 1593 OF 1600 (99.6 percent)
    Wins: 1 Average start: 16.2
    Top 5s: 1 Average finish: 15.2
    Top 10s: 2 Total Winnings: $550,780

    No. 9 Ultimate Charger 2006 results
    Race Start Finish Owner's points Laps Money Status Led Driver Primary Sponsor
    Daytona 12 33 33rd 93/120 $44,300 accident 14 Kahne Ragu
    Fontana 34 35 40th 147/150 $22,335 running 1 Mayfield Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper
    Mexico 1 2 19th 80/80 $50,525 running 27 Said Ingersoll Rand
    Las Vegas 10 1 8th 206/206 $94,050 running 52 Kahne Ragu
    Atlanta 17 2 5th 195/195 $41,200 running 0 Kahne Hellmann's
    Bristol 5 6 4th 300/300 $25,300 running 0 Riggs Lawry's
    Texas 8 11 4th 206/206 $23,900 running 0 Kahne Hellmann's
    Phoenix 29 37 9th 172/206 $14,405 accident 0 Riggs Ragu
    Talladega 24 11 9th 117/117 $20,950 running 0 Riggs Ragu

    No. 9 Lipton/Ultimate Chargers Dodge Charger Team Roster
    Name Shop/Track Position Hometown Birthdate Spouse Children
    Kasey Kahne Driver Enumclaw, WA 4/10/80 None None
    Trip Bruce Team Director Richmond, VA 11/5/67 Sharon KT, Demi, Tristin
    Todd Devnich Car Director Lincoln, NE 11/11/70 Terry Derrick
    Mike Wolf Engineer Warren, MI 4/29/69 None None
    Hartwell Pritchett Tires/Shocks Durham, NC 2/21/80 None None
    Steve Ritchie Engine Tuner Jonestown, PA 7/20/69 Karen None
    Brad Carson Mechanic San Diego, CA 8/15/62 None Brianna
    Carter Fischlein Mechanic Davenport, IA 2/19/86 None None
    Forest Henry Transporter Driver Williamsburg, VA 5/30/54 None None
    Sean Yaussi Eighth Man/Mechanic Hiawatha, KS 3/21/81 None None
    Nick O'Dell Front Tire Changer Mooresville, NC 7/9/83 None None
    Jason Gay Mechanic/Front Tire Carrier Lexington, KY 3/19/73 Kelly Walker, Kayleigh
    Rick Pennington Jackman Oakland, CA 12/12/69 Lise Chloe
    Don Marvel Rear Tire Carrier Union Beach, NJ 3/31/83 None None
    Kyle Turner Rear Tire Changer Yorktown, VA 9/8/84 None None
    Kale Kahne Pit Support Enumclaw, WA 4/18/83 None None
    Chris Sweeny Truck Driver Haslet, TX 5/27/69 None None
    Sandy Kahne Fuel — Second Can Enumclaw, WA 6/12/59 None Kelsey, Kendry
    Mike Metcalf Fuel - Second Can Charlotte, NC 7/4/82 None None
    Kole Kahne Spotter Enumclaw, WA 12/30/74 None None

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