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Michigan - No. 95 WRL General Contractors Camaro ZL1 Preview
Aug 7, 2018

No. 95 WRL General Contractors Camaro ZL1 Preview Notes:

THE GRANDDADDY OF THEM ALL: Kasey Kahne is spending the week at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa for the annual Knoxville Nationals sprint car event.  Kahne will race on Wednesday night (8/8) in an attempt to qualify for the feature event which is on Saturday night (8/11).  Kahne will be behind the wheel of the No. 4 Ollie’s Bargain Outlet car with his Kasey Kahne Racing team.

KAHNE BY THE NUMBERS: In 29 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career starts at Michigan, Kasey Kahne has an average start of 13.0 and an average finish of 16.8.  He’s completed 5,357 of 5,612 (95.5 percent) career laps and has led for a total of 78 laps.  Kahne has earned one win, eight top-five, 10 top-10 finishes, and three poles at the 2.0-mile track.

RACE INFO: The Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway (2.0-mile) begins at 2:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, August 12th. The race will be broadcast live on NBCSN, Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN Radio.

 

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

Date Event Start Finish Laps Status

Date

6/20/2004

Event

DHL 400

Start

34

Finish

2

Laps

200 / 200

Status

Running

Date

8/22/2004

Event

GFS Marketplace 400

Start

11

Finish

5

Laps

200 / 200

Status

Running

Date

6/19/2005

Event

Batman Begins 400

Start

4

Finish

19

Laps

200 / 200

Status

Running

Date

8/21/2005

Event

GFS Marketplace 400

Start

3

Finish

29

Laps

199 / 200

Status

Running

Date

6/18/2006

Event

3M Performance 400

Start

1

Finish

1

Laps

129 / 129

Status

Running

Date

8/20/2006

Event

GFS Marketplace 400

Start

15

Finish

4

Laps

200 / 200

Status

Running

Date

6/17/2007

Event

Citizens Bank 400

Start

36

Finish

32

Laps

197 / 200

Status

Running

Date

8/21/2007

Event

3M Performance 400

Start

3

Finish

31

Laps

201 / 203

Status

Running

Date

6/15/2008

Event

LifeLock 400

Start

9

Finish

2

Laps

203 / 203

Status

Running

Date

8/17/2008

Event

3M Performance 400

Start

32

Finish

40

Laps

162 / 200

Status

Engine

Date

6/14/2009

Event

Lifelock 400

Start

8

Finish

21

Laps

200 / 200

Status

Running

Date

8/16/2009

Event

Carfax 400

Start

10

Finish

11

Laps

200 / 200

Status

Running

Date

6/13/2010

Event

Heluva Good! 400

Start

4

Finish

2

Laps

200 / 200

Status

Running

Date

8/15/2010

Event

Carfax 400

Start

1

Finish

14

Laps

200 / 200

Status

Running

Date

6/19/2011

Event

Heluva Good! 400

Start

8

Finish

28

Laps

199 / 200

Status

Running

Date

8/21/2011

Event

Pure Michigan 400

Start

14

Finish

7

Laps

203 / 203

Status

Running

Date

6/17/2012

Event

Quicken Loans 400

Start

4

Finish

33

Laps

151 / 200

Status

Crash

Date

8/19/2012

Event

Pure Michigan 400

Start

5

Finish

3

Laps

201 / 201

Status

Running

Date

6/16/2013

Event

Quicken Loans 400

Start

3

Finish

38

Laps

103 / 200

Status

Crash

Date

8/18/2013

Event

Pure Michigan 400

Start

31

Finish

7

Laps

200 / 200

Status

Running

Date

6/15/2014

Event

Quicken Loans 400

Start

13

Finish

5

Laps

200 / 200

Status

Running

Date

8/17/2014

Event

Pure Michigan 400

Start

15

Finish

16

Laps

200 / 200

Status

Running

Date

6/14/2015

Event

Quicken Loans 400

Start

1

Finish

15

Laps

138 / 138

Status

Running

Date

8/16/2015

Event

Pure Michigan 400

Start

11

Finish

15

Laps

200 / 200

Status

Running

Date

6/12/2016

Event

FireKeepers Casino 400

Start

23

Finish

13

Laps

200 / 200

Status

Running

Date

8/28/2016

Event

Pure Michigan 400

Start

11

Finish

14

Laps

200 / 200

Status

Running

Date

6/18/2017

Event

FireKeepers Casino 400

Start

16

Finish

21

Laps

200 / 200

Status

Running

Date

8/13/2017

Event

Pure Michigan 400

Start

23

Finish

38

Laps

138 / 202

Status

Crash

Date

6/10/2018

Event

FireKeepers Casino 400

Start

29

Finish

23

Laps

133 / 133

Status

Running

 

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

Races Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles

Races

29

Wins

1

Top 5

8

Top 10

10

Poles

3

 

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

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

Starts

22

Wins

0

Top 5

1

Top 10

1

Poles

0

Laps Led

30

Avg. Start

25.8

Avg. Finish

23.0

 

Kahne's Career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

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

Starts

526

Wins

18

Top 5

93

Top 10

176

Poles

27

Laps Led

4,678

Avg. Start

14.5

Avg. Finish

17.7

 

From the Driver's Seat:

Kasey Kahne: “Michigan has always been fast, but since they repaved it, the track has really picked up a lot of speed.  You carry that speed into the corner, you carry that speed through the center of the corner, and off the exit.  It’s a fast and smooth track with a lot of grip.  Restarts are critical at Michigan, and usually if you’re on the outside, it works out better as long as you can hold your position through Turn 2, and then carry the speed down the backstretch into Turn 3.  It just seems like you can pass a little bit more if you can make that all happen on a restart. The inside can work as well, especially if someone gets bottled up on the inside lane and slides up in front of the outside row in (Turns) 1 and 2, which can happen pretty easily.  Restarts at Michigan are critical to gain spots, and if you’re in a tough position, it’s really easy to lose spots.

From the Pit Box:

Jon Leonard: “We have some momentum heading into Michigan coming off of Watkins Glen. We didn’t get the finish we wanted, but it was one of our newest car builds that we ran this past weekend, and it proves the direction that we've been going the past few weeks is correct. We're taking the same car we raced at Michigan in June with us this weekend, but with a different set-up theory and body build. The notebook from our first Michigan race definitely helps leading into this weekend because it gets us closer on tire settings, directional changes, and things we needed to focus on. We struggled a bit into the corner the last time we raced Michigan, and we've focused on that while still keeping turn in the center.  Not much changes from the June to August races at Michigan.  They're both summer races, and both are hot and slick tracks, so that helps in how we approach going back for this weekend since the conditions and trends are so similar.  To have a good car at Michigan you need to be able to get into the corner and get back to the gas as soon as possible. It’s such a momentum racetrack that one little slip, one little bobble, one second off the gas can mean a lot over those long straightaways. We've really focused on getting speed into these cars since the last event, and hopefully that effort shows this weekend.”


5 WRL General Contractors 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: James Melick
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

About WRL General Contractors:

WRL is a competitive and reputable General Contractor based in East Texas with decades of experience in educational, commercial, faith-based, and industrial construction and over $1 billion of completed projects. Comprised of a team of experienced professionals, WRL has a standing reputation of completing jobs on time and on budget. For more information go to www.wrl-gc.com, like our Facebook page and/or follow us on Twitter @WRL_GC.