No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger Race Facts: California 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. 116
Car Info: Jeremy Mayfield raced this car to a fourth-place finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2005.

Last weekend
Track Start Finish Led Status Earnings
Daytona 27 11 Running $307,347

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

Kasey Kahne quotes

"We had a great car at Daytona, but that doesn't translate into success at California. We've worked hard on our speedway program in the off-season and the test at Las Vegas indicates we've made progress. We expect our No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger to be competitive on the speedways this year. I really enjoy racing on tracks like California where you can run high or low. Actually, there are several grooves. As the track changes during the race, you have multiple opportunities to move around searching for a quicker way around the track."

"The communication with Kenny (Francis, the team director) and his crew was outstanding at Daytona. The Evernham engines are stronger, more powerful. We've made good progress with the Dodge Charger. The issues this weekend won't be bump drafting or drafting partners. It's all about balance and handling. We expect the off-season effort to be evident with all three Evernham Motorsports teams this weekend."


  • This weekend's race will mark Kahne's fifth career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series start at California Speedway. Prior to this weekend's race, Kahne has a total of one pole and one top-five finish. Kahne's career-best start came in May 2004, when he won the pole award, and his career-best finish at California Speedway came in September 2004, when he ended the race in second position. In last year's spring event at California Speedway, Kahne started 17th and finished 40 after getting caught up in an accident. In his last race at the track (September 2005), Kahne started seventh and finished sixth.
  • With four races under his belt at California Speedway, Kahne has led 116 laps out of a possible 1,004. That means Kahne has been at the top of the board 11.5 percent of the time.
  • 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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