In 16 NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) starts at Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS), Kahne has one win (2007), five top-five and five top-10 finishes. He has 132 laps led with an average start of 14.7 and an average finish of 18.4.
In NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition at BMS, Kahne is credited with one pole, three top-five and six top-10 finishes. He has a total of 305 laps led with an average start of 13.5 and an average finish of 19.8.
Kahne’s In the Loop at BMS… Kahne is ranked in the top-10 in all of NASCAR Loop Data Categories and in the top-five in a number of them as well including Closers (3rd), Fastest Drivers Early in a Run (5th), Fastest Drivers Late in a Run (3rd), Fastest Laps Run (3rd), Green Flag Passes (4th), Green Flag Speed (5th), Laps in the Top-15 (5th), Laps Led (4th) and Speed in Traffic (3rd).
Changes Atop the Pit Box… Effective immediately, Trent Owens, who has led James Buescher and Nelson Piquet Jr. to NNS victories this season, will take over as crew chief for the No. 38 Great Clips team with drivers Kahne and Brad Sweet. A former driver himself, Owens is a long-time fixture in the NASCAR garage. Over the years, the Darlington, S.C., native has been successful working with a variety of drivers with different levels of experience and has visited victory lane with both rookies and veterans alike including Buescher, Piquet. Jr., Mark Martin, Dave Blaney and Reed Sorenson. The changes are part of an ongoing process by Turner Motorsports, which is credited with five NCWTS and six NNS wins since September, 2010, to gauge performance and ensure that the right people are in the right place to achieve race wins and championships.
This Week’s Impala… The No. 38 team will unload chassis TMS-325 this weekend at BMS. This chassis last saw track time at Kentucky Speedway, where Sweet posted a 16th-place finish. Sweet also piloted TMS-325 Auto Club Speedway, bringing home a season-best sixth-place finish. Kahne drove this chassis at Darlington Raceway, finishing 18th.
Kahne and Sweet: a unique combination… Not only are Kahne and Sweet good friends off the track, but the veteran is serving as mentor to Sweet as he makes the transition from open-wheel competition to stock cars. Sweet was handpicked by Kahne in 2008 to drive for Kasey Kahne Racing (KKR) where he has since experienced tremendous success in the World of Outlaws Series. Sweet will continue to compete on a limited basis for KKR when he is not behind the wheel of the No. 38 Great Clips machine in the NNS. You can expect Kahne to be very involved and present in the NNS garage when Sweet is behind the wheel of the No. 38 as he will closely monitor his progress and offer encouragement.
Kahne brought Great Clips their first win! From 2003-2005, Kahne and his sponsor, Great Clips, Inc., reached momentous milestones, including capturing Kahne’s first Nationwide Series victory in 2003 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It was also Great Clips’ first win as a primary sponsor. In 2005, Kahne captured his second career win at Texas Motor Speedway before leaving the Nationwide Series to allow more time for his Sprint Cup Series efforts.
Great Clips goes racing with the World of Outlaws in 2012! Great Clips will serve as sponsor for KKR driver Joey Saldana for the 2012 World of Outlaws season. The Minneapolis-based company has been a sponsor of KKR for the past two seasons. This year, they will be featured on all three KKR entries – as a primary sponsor on the #9 with Saldana as well as associate sponsor placement on Brad Sweet’s #49 and Cody Darrah’s #5 World of Outlaws cars.
12 Years and Counting… Great Clips, Inc. is currently the longest-running sponsor in the NNS and has used the Nationwide Series as their primary marketing platform for the last 11 years. Their sponsorship began in 2000 with Akins Motorsports as they climbed on board to sponsor the team’s No. 38 entry with driver, Christian Elder. Mark Green piloted the No. 38 for one season before general manager, Doug Stringer, hired up-and-coming talent, Kasey Kahne, thereby solidifying Great Clips’ commitment to their NASCAR sponsorship.
Kahne on racing at Bristol Motor Speedway: “Bristol is short track racing at its best. Patience is key but maintaining that patience for so many laps is not as easy as it sounds sometimes when you are beating and banging lap after lap at such high speeds. Turner Motorsports has made some changes this week internally and this will be my first week working with Trent Owens (crew chief) and his crew, but I’m looking forward to going out there and doing everything we can to win a race for Great Clips. It’s still my main goal to get that 38 car back into victory lane and I think we have a good shot at doing that this weekend at Bristol.”