Difficult Dover for Kahne

Written by  NASCAR Wire Service
Published in Sprint Cup Series News
Saturday, 02 June 2012 16:33
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Kasey Kahne comes from a track where he's won four times, including last Sunday -- Charlotte -- to one where he's never been to Victory Lane -- Dover.

The Monster Mile has been a mixed bag for the driver of the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. Kahne has qualified well at Dover, with an average starting spot of 12.8, but his finishes have been, on average, a disappointment: 22.6.

His past six starts at Dover have included three finishes of eighth or better, including a career-best fourth last fall, and three finishes of 20th or worse.

"I think it's tough," Kahne said of the high-banked track. "The concrete is part of it and then just the high speeds -- and there's some roughness to the track as well. The entries (to the corners) are really tricky . . .

"The corners look really similar, but it's as difficult as any track we go to, to get the whole track right and to get that balance throughout a whole 400-lapper here."

Kahne hit his average start for Sunday's race, qualifying 13th in Saturday's time trials. He enters the event with a string of six straight top-10 finishes on the line.





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