No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger Race Facts: Atlanta Motor Speedway

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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.

Last weekend
Track Start Finish Led Points Status
Las Vegas 5 4 0 160 Running

2006 Nextel Cup Totals
Wins Poles Top 5's Top 10's Led Rank
2 2 1 3


"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."


  • Kasey Kahne has competed in four races at Atlanta Motor Speedway, scoring top-five finishes in his first three events. He finished 35th in last fall's race at the speedway after getting caught up in a wreck, ending his top-five streak.

    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.


  • Last year heading into the spring race at Atlanta Motor Speedway Kahne ranked 38th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series point standings, a far cry from his current third-place standing. So far in 2006, Kahne has scored top-15 finishes in the first three races.

  • Kahne's fourth-place finish last weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway moved him up to third in the point standings. This is the highest Kahne has ever ranked in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series point standings. He is only 85 points behind current leader Jimmie Johnson and 33 points behind second place.

    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
    Name Shop/Track Position Hometown Birthdate Spouse Children
    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

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