No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger Race Facts: Talladega Superspeedway

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Driver: Kasey Kahne
Team Director: Kenny Francis
Car Director: Mike Shiplett
Engineer: Keith Rodden
Team Owner: Ray Evernham
Chassis: No. 126
Car Info: Raced at Martinsville; ran in top five until being sidelined with mechanical problems just past the halfway mark

Most recent race
Track Start Finish Led Points Status
Phoenix 22 6 0 150 Running

2006 Nextel Cup Totals
Wins Poles Top 5's Top 10's Led Rank
2 2 4 5 149 3


"Last week was a great experience for our team. The car wasn't totally up to par, but through good communication and determination, we made adjustments during the race that kept us in the top 10 and put us in position for a good finish.

"Last year going into Talladega, we had two top-five and two top-10 finishes and were outside the top 20 in the point standings. This is a much better start, but there's plenty of work ahead. This weekend is a big test for the No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger team.

"Our restrictor-plate program continues to improve. We're confident we have the equipment to be competitive. At Talladega, it's all about getting hooked up with the right drafting partners. That's been a problem for me. For some reason, when I pull out of line to pass, I don't have a lot of cars following to provide that push you have to have to move up."


  • Sunday's race marks Kasey Kahne's fifth start at Talladega Superspeedway. Last spring, he started 19th and finished 24th at the 2.66-mile track.
  • His best start at Talladega ¿ 19th -- came in the spring race last year. He finished 13th in the fall, his best Talladega finish.
  • He has competed in nine restrictor-plate races in his career and has yet to post a top-10 finish.

  • Kahne's sixth-place finish at Phoenix gives him six for the season which ties him with Jimmie Johnson for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series high. He has four top-five finishes.

  • Kahne has posted wins at Atlanta and Texas in the first eight races this season. 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 now won at least one race each year since it's inception in 2001.

  • Forty-two of the 73 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Talladega have been won from the first four starting positions (58 percent). The furthest back a winner has started -- Jeff Gordon started 36th in April, 2000.
  • There have been nine different Bud Pole winners in the last nine restrictor-plate races beginning at Daytona in 2004.
  • There have been 73 restrictor-plate races since 1988 ¿ 37 at Daytona and 36 at Talladega. There have been 73 Nextel Cup events at Talladega, two per year except 1969, the inaugural year, which had only one race.
  • 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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