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No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger Race Facts: Lowe's 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: Ran at Atlanta and Texas

Most recent race
Track Start Finish Laps Led Points Status
Darlington 1 21 41 105 Running

2006 Nextel Cup Totals
Wins Poles Top 5's Top 10's Laps Led Rank
2 3 4 6 190 8

KASEY KAHNE QUOTES

"We've had success at the mile-and-a-half tracks this year, so we should have a competitive car this weekend. It's the same car we ran at Atlanta and Texas. The new surface and tire compound have certainly made a difference. The track is smooth. The tires are hard. Tire wear is not a factor, but grip will be, especially on cold tires. It's very difficult to get a setup where you can maintain adequate grip throughout a run. We did get a little test last week during the All-Star race, but that was a sprint. Now we're talking about 600 miles, the longest race of the year. The race starts in the late afternoon and finish at night. There a so many factors. To be successful, we have to have control of those factors.

"This is an important race for the No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger team. We've run up front the last three races, but haven't been there at the finish. We will be looking to change that this weekend."

STATS & FACTS

KASEY KAHNE AT LOWE'S MOTOR SPEEDWAY
  • Sunday's race marks Kahne's fifth start at Lowe's Motor Speedway. He has led in all four races at LMS with his best finish of 12th coming in the Coca-Cola 600 in 2004.
  • After starting second in the fall race in 2004, Kahne led 207 laps of the first 267 laps and looked to be on his way to his first career victory when a blown tire send Chassis # 55 (which Kahne stills refers to as his all-time favorite car) into the outside retaining wall coming out of turn two. The car was damaged beyond repair.
  • Kahne started fourth in last year's Coca-Cola 600 and finished 26th. In the fall race last year, he started 33rd and finished 23rd.
  • KAHNE OFF TO GOOD START IN 2006

  • Kahne has two wins, four top-five and six top-10 finishes in the first 10 races this season.
  • KAHNE POSTS WINS AT ATLANTA AND TEXAS

  • 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.
  • The Bud Pole winner (or driver that started first) has posted a top-10 finish in only five races this season, including Kahne's victories at Atlanta and Texas.
  • 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.
  • STARTING UP FRONT IMPORTANT AT LOWE'S MOTOR SPEEDWAY?

  • A Dodge has won the Bud Pole at Lowe's Motor Speedway four of the last six races.
  • The last five races at LMS have been won from a top-10 starting position. However, four of the last 10 races at LMS were won from outside the top 10 including one from a 37th-place starting position, the lowest starting position for a Lowe's winner in the track's 94-race history.
  • Kasey Kahne's Career Lowe's Motor Speedway Statistics
    Starts Wins Poles Top 5's Top 10's Laps Led Total Earnings
    4 0 0 0 0 258 $485,725

    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
    Mark 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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