No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger Race Facts: Darlington Raceway

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Driver: Kasey Kahne
Team Director: Kenny Francis
Car Director: Mike Shiplett
Engineer: Keith Rodden
Team Owner: Ray Evernham
Chassis: No. 112
Car Info: Raced at Bristol

Most recent race
Track Start Finish Laps Led Points Status
Richmond 6 34 0 61 Running

2006 Nextel Cup Totals
Wins Poles Top 5's Top 10's Laps Led Rank
2 2 4 6 149 7


"We had a top-five car at Richmond, but didn't get a top-five finish. We've had two tough finishes in a row with the accident at Talladega and the ignition problem at Richmond. There is some consolation in the fact we had a very good car at both events. We just need to turn opportunity into results.

"Darlington is a tough track. The key is getting the car to handle. Our crew has been great on pit stops all season. The cars have been good, the engines strong. The communication with Kenny (Francis, team director), Mike (Shiplett, car director) and everyone has been good. We're anxious to get to Darlington and get back on track with quality finishes."


  • Saturday night's race marks Kahne's third start at Darlington Raceway. He has top-15 finishes in all three races. After finishing 13th in his first trip to the "Lady in Black" in the spring of 2004, he finished fifth in the fall race that year and was third last May.
  • Kahne has started from the Bud Pole in two of the three events at Darlington including last fall when he posted his best finish of third. He led 60 laps in the event.
  • Kahne has been running at the finish of all three races at Darlington.
  • Kahne has a 7.0 average finish at Darlington, best among active drivers.

  • Kahne has two wins, four top-five and six top-10 finishes in the first 10 races this season.

  • Kahne posted wins at Atlanta and Texas. On both occasions, he started on the pole just as he did in his first career victory last year at Richmond.
  • His victory at Texas was the eighth Nextel Cup Series win for Evernham Motorsports. The organization has won at least one race each year since it's inception in 2001.

  • Only 13 of the 102 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Darlington have been won from a starting postion outside the top 10.

  • The track was re-configured to 1.366-miles following the spring race in 1970.
  • The spring raced at Darlington became a 400-mile event in 1994.
  • The track configuration (pits and start-finish line) was reversed prior to the second race in 1997.
  • Kasey Kahne's Career Darlington Raceway Statistics
    Starts Wins Poles Top 5's Top 10's Laps Led Total Earnings
    3 0 2 2 2 84 $418,240

    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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