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No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger Race Facts: Budweiser Shootout

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Driver: Kasey Kahne
Team Director: Kenny Francis
Car Director: Mike Shiplett
Engineer: Keith Rodden
Team Owner: Ray Evernham
Chassis: No. 111
Car Info: Raced in all 2005 superspeedway races by Jeremy Mayfield; finished 4th at Talladega in April 2005

2005 Budweiser Shootout
Track Start Finish Led Status Earnings
Daytona 13 9 Running $44,445

Kasey Kahne's Career Daytona Statistics
Starts Poles Top 5's Top 10's Led
4 4

2005 Nextel Cup totals
Wins Poles Top 5's Top 10's Led Rank
1 2 5 8 430 23

Kasey Kahne quotes

"I'm excited. I can't wait to get back on the track at Daytona and get the season started. The No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger has a new paint scheme and is ready to go."

"The Bud Shootout is a fun race and it's a Saturday night race, which creates even more excitement. I'm definitely looking forward to a better finish in this year's Shootout than we had last year."

"We will learn a lot on Friday and Saturday that can be helpful for the Daytona 500. It's a different car, but you can apply what you learn to the 500 car."

"The engine team at Evernham Motorsports has really picked up. Our Dodge Chargers are definitely better than what they were last year, just by having more time to work with them. I have a new team director and crew. Our speedway program should be better than it was in 2004 and 2005."

On the new team structure:
"It's worked great so far. Ray Evernham has done a lot of things. He's won championships in NASCAR. He has a lot of great ideas. This one is different from what everybody else is doing, but it's really not as different as people think from the outside. Kenny Francis is the team director. Mike Shiplett is our car director and then we have our engineer, Keith. Working with those three so far this week and working with them in the offseason, it's been great. Each one of them talks to each other. Kenny has final say in everything. Kenny is going to be on the radio talking to me during the races and figuring out things as he bounces questions off Mike and Keith. I think it's really a perfect situation. We'll just have to see how it all works out, but so far it's really worked out good."

STATS & FACTS

  • KASEY KAHNE IN THE BUDWEISER SHOOTOUT: This weekend's race marks Kahne's second start in the Budweiser Shootout. In 2005, he started 13th and finished the race in ninth place. Kahne earned a berth in this year's Budweiser Shootout by collecting Bud Pole Awards at Darlington Speedway and Richmond International Raceway in May of 2005.
  • KASEY KAHNE AT DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY: In Kahne's most recent visit to Daytona International Speedway he earned his career-best start at the racetrack (19th) and his career-best finish (16th).
  • NEW LOOK FOR 2006: Starting with the Budweiser Shootout, the No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger will sport a new paint scheme for the 2006 season. Reflecting the bold design of the Dodge Charger production vehicle, the No. 9 will still feature the bright red hood with the signature Dodge Ram's head and branding for the Dodge Dealers. But, Kahne's Charger will have white doors and fenders and the numbers on the side of the car will be black and the top of the car will be white.
  • 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
    Mike Metcalf Roll LR
    Sheila Lumpkin Scorer Atlanta, GA 5/26/54 Tracy RT, Casey, Jason, Diane

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