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No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger Race Facts: Atlanta Motor Speedway
Driver: Kasey Kahne
Team Director: Kenny Francis
Car Director: Mike Shiplett
Engineer: Keith Rodden
Team Owner: Ray Evernham
Chassis: No. 128
Car Info: Brand new chassis.
|2006 Nextel Cup Totals|
|Wins||Poles||Top 5's||Top 10's||Led||Rank|
KASEY KAHNE QUOTES"Atlanta is definitely one of my favorite tracks. It's fast, wide and has several grooves for the No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger. It's important to watch what other drivers are doing as well as try different lines yourself. The key is finding the fastest way around the track that last 100 miles. For me, that's been at the top of the track most of the time.
"If I can make it work outside, I feel like I can carry more speed. I always ran high when I was racing sprint cars, so I just feel comfortable there and when the car is working, I can carry more momentum off the corner."
"We have a better handle on the Dodge Charger this year. Last year, the car was so sensitive to adjustments. All the work the Evernham team did in the off season is paying off. Through the first three races, we've been able to adjust on the car and continue to make it better each stop. That's a tribute to the team and all the work everyone did during the off season."
"I learned a lot last year. I have a better understanding of the car and its limits. I'm communicating what the car is doing more effectively. I've learned to stay within the limits of what the car can do and wait for the team to make it better on the next pit stop. The experience has made me a better driver."
STATS & FACTSKASEY KAHNE AT ATLANTA MOTOR SPEEDWAY
In the four races he's run at Atlanta, Kahne has collected $482,625. Kahne's average start at the speedway is 13.8 and his average finish is 12. His best start at Atlanta came last spring when he started fifth and his best finish came in his first race at the track in the spring of 2004 when he finished third.
WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES
KAHNE CONTINUING TO CLIMB
Kahne's third-place status is the best-ever points standing for any Evernham Motorsports driver.
|No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger Team Roster|
|Kasey Kahne||Driver||Enumclaw, WA||4/10/80||None||None|
|Kenny Francis||Team Director||Jacksonville, FL||12/1/69||Rebecca||Emma|
|Mike Shiplett||Car Director||Amherst, OH||5/17/72||Brooke||None|
|Keith Rodden||Engineer||Denver, NC||3/27/81||None||None|
|Scott Meesters||Engine Tuner||Hanford, CA||7/7/77||Kimberly||None|
|Rich Muckenthaler||Catch Can/Mechanic||Turner, MI||7/9/62||None||Matt|
|Tank Probus||Gas Man/Mechanic||Louisville, KY||2/3/73||Jessica||Baily, Blane|
|Alan Whitaker||Shocks||Hendersonville, NC||10/13/71||None||None|
|Kevin White||Tire Specialist||Pittsville, MD||3/27/65||Michelle||Brianna, Danielle|
|Sean Yaussi||Eighth Man/Mechanic||Hiawatha, KS||3/21/81||None||None|
|Rick Pennington||Jackman||Oakland, CA||12/12/69||Lise||Chloe|
|Don Marvel||Rear Tire Carrier||Union Beach, NJ||3/31/83||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|
|Kyle Turner||Rear Tire Changer||Yorktown, VA||9/8/84||None||None|
|Kale Kahne||Pit Support||Enumclaw, WA||4/18/83||None||None|
|Kole Kahne||Spotter||Enumclaw, WA||12/30/74||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||Roll LR||Charlotte, NC||7/4/82||None||None|
|Sheila Lumpkin||Scorer||Atlanta, GA||5/26/54||Tracy||RT, Casey, Jason, Diane|