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Kentucky – No. 95 Dark Matter presented by ionomy Camaro ZL1 Preview
Jul 11, 2018

No. 95 Dark Matter presented by ionomy Camaro ZL1 Notes:

ROVAL READY: Kasey Kahne and his No. 95 team are participating in today’s open test at Charlotte Motor Speedway as Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams prepare for the track’s first road-course event this coming September for the Bank of America ROVAL 400.

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KAHNE BY THE NUMBERS: In seven Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career starts at Kentucky, Kasey Kahne has an average start of 17.7 and an average finish of 16.1.  He’s completed 1,694 of 1,876 (90.3 percent) career laps, and has led for one lap.  Kahne has earned one top-five and two top-10 finishes at the 1.5-mile track located in Sparta, Kentucky.

RACE INFO: The Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway (1.5-mile) begins at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, July 14th. The race will be broadcast live on NBCSN, Sirius XM Channel 90 and PRN Radio.

 

Kahne's Career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Stats at Kentucky:

Date Event Start Finish Laps Running

Date

7/9/2011

Event

Quaker State 400

Start

4

Finish

13

Laps

267 / 267

Status

Running

Date

6/30/2012

Event

Quaker State 400

Start

19

Finish

2

Laps

267 / 267

Status

Running

Date

6/30/2013

Event

Quaker State 400

Start

21

Finish

11

Laps

267 / 267

Status

Running

Date

6/28/2014

Event

Quaker State 400

Start

20

Finish

8

Laps

267 / 267

Status

Running

Date

7/11/2015

Event

Quaker State 400

Start

19

Finish

27

Laps

266 / 267

Status

Running

Date

7/9/2016

Event

Quaker State 400

Start

18

Finish

14

Laps

267 / 267

Status

Running

Date

7/8/2017

Event

Quaker State 400

Start

23

Finish

38

Laps

93 / 274

Status

Crash

 

Kahne's Career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Stats at Kentucky (Cummulative):

Races Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles

Races

7

Wins

0

Top 5

1

Top 10

2

Poles

0

 

Kahne's 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Season Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish

Starts

18

Wins

0

Top 5

1

Top 10

1

Poles

0

Laps Led

30

Avg. Start

25.7

Avg. Finish

22.8

 

Kahne's Career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish

Starts

522

Wins

18

Top 5

93

Top 10

176

Poles

27

Laps Led

4,678

Avg. Start

14.4

Avg. Finish

17.6

 

From the Driver's Seat:

Kasey Kahne: “Looking ahead to this weekend at Kentucky, I’m expecting it to be pretty similar conditions as we’ve had there for the past few years.  It’s always hot and humid when we go to Kentucky and the track is usually really slick.  I think things will be better than last year since there’s a little more wear and tear on the track’s surface, so I think that will help overall because we’ll be able to start moving around more in Turns 3 and 4 than we could before.  Kentucky is a tough track because it’s always such slippery conditions when we’re racing there.  Kentucky has changed so much over the years and the repaves have really helped since the surface isn’t nearly as rough as it used to be.  There’s still some bumps in the track, but overall, I feel that it will be a better race track as time goes on and the surface weathers.  We just need to keep learning how it changes from year-to-year as it ages, but it’s a fun and challenging track, and I’m looking forward to this weekend.

From the Pit Box:

Jon Leonard: “Kentucky is a lot like Texas and Kansas since they all have been recently repaved and have similar configurations.  I think that we have a pretty solid notebook at those places, and our plan is that we will probably unload close to how we would for those tracks.  Like most 1.5-mile tracks, Kentucky narrows up off of Turn 2 and is usually free going into Turn 3 with the way the banking works, so that’s probably where we'll focus most of our time during practice.  Usually when we go to Kentucky, it’s very hot and really slick, so having our No. 95 Chevy be stiff for attitude and speed may not be the best option in terms of grip.  It's always a compromise when it comes to finding the right balance at Kentucky.  We have some momentum carrying over from Daytona last weekend, and all the guys are excited to get back to the racetrack.  Hopefully we can bring some success to Kentucky this weekend for our No. 95 team.


No. 95 Thorne Camaro ZL1 Team:

Driver: Kasey Kahne                          
Crew Chief: Jonathon Leonard
Car Chief: Ben Leslie                         
Spotter: Doug Campbell
Engineer: Ben Lynch                         
Hauler Driver: Damon Lopez
Shock Specialist: Tim Lambert        
Mechanic: Ryan Southall
Mechanic: Matt Kimball                     
Mechanic: Ryan Dextraze
Tire Specialist: Tony Ramierz          
Jackman: Richie Williams
Fueler: Ryan Dextraze                       
Rear Changer: Cory Baldwin
Front Changer: Weston Lovejoy       
Front Carrier: Justin Kirby

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