Thursday, September 2, 2010

Will Kasey Kahne win at Atlanta this weekend?

Kasey Kahne during Michigan
qualifying in August. (Jeff Zelevansky/
Getty Images for NASCAR)
NASCAR visits Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend for a series of night races.

Kasey Kahne will return to the Atlanta Emory Healthcare 500 as a defending winner in his #9 Budweiser/Valvoline Ford. In his past 13 starts at the track, Kahne has secured 2 wins, one pole award, six top 5s, eight top-10 finishes and has led a total of 297 laps.

It’s probably safe to say, AMS is Kahne’s track. Will he make it to victory lane in Atlanta this weekend?

To date, Kahne sits in 16th position, putting him -737 points behind the leader, Kevin Harvick and 136 points out of 12th position. Is there a chance for him to catch up and secure a spot in the Chase in the next two races?

There’s been a lot of media around Kahne these past few months; this is his final year with Richard Petty Motorsports, with Budweiser and possibly the #9. He signed a contract with Hendrick Motorsports to drive the #5 car in 2012 and has announced he’ll be driving the Red Bull car in 2011, number to be announced later. There’s no set crew chief at this time. Marcos Ambrose is set to replace him at RPM and Budweiser will move to Richard Childress Racing's #29, which is driven by Kevin Harvick.

Kahne told reporters Tuesday in a teleconference that he believes he has a shot of winning the next two races. He plans to make the best of his final days at RPM and plans to contend in each race, whether he makes the Chase or not.


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