Kasey Kahne raced his way into the Chase for the NEXTEL Cup Series Championship with an impressive Top 5 finish at Richmond on September 9. He enters the Chase in 10th place.
Kahne, who leads all drivers with five wins so far in the 2006 season, has yet to visit Victory Lane at Darlington Raceway, but not for lack of favorable starting positions. He earned the pole at the track "Too Tough To Tame" in three consecutive spring events - 2004, 2005 and 2006.
In four NEXTEL Cup Series starts at Darlington, Kahne has posted one top five and one top 10 finish. His best finish was third in the 2005 Dodge Charger 500.