Kahne’s Stats For The Bojangles Southern 500

Kasey Kahne
No. 95 Dumont JETS Camaro ZL1 Notes:

·       THROWING IT BACK TO KAHNE’S BEST SEASON: Dumont JETS wanted to have another amazing throwback paint scheme this season for Kasey Kahne to celebrate the 2006 season where he earned six poles & a career-best six wins (three of which came after starting from the pole).  Kahne also earned 12 top-5’s and 19 top-10’s that year in what statistically was one of his best seasons in his Cup series career.  LFR is proud to partner with Dumont JETS to commemorate a great paint scheme from Kahne’s winningest season as we once again incorporate his old “flying 9” into the No. 95 Camaro ZL1 for the Darlington Throwback Weekend.

·       KAHNE BY THE NUMBERS: In 15 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career starts at Darlington Raceway, Kasey Kahne has an average start of 11.1 and an average finish of 15.7.  He’s completed 5,387 of 5,445 (98.9 percent) career laps and has led for a total of 353 laps.  Kahne has earned four poles, three top-five and five top-10 finishes at the historic 1.366-mile track.

·       RACE INFO: The Bojangles Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway (1.366-mile) begins at 6:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, September 2nd. 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 Darlington:

Date                Event:                                                 S          F         Laps                Status

03/21/04          Carolina Dodge Dealers 400              1          13        293/293           Running

11/14/04          Southern 500                                      13        5          367/367           Running

05/07/05          Dodge Charger 500                            1          3          370/370           Running

05/13/06          Dodge Charger 500                            1          21        366/367           Running

05/13/07          Dodge Avenger 500                            5          20        367/367           Running

05/10/08          Dodge Challenger 500                        42        22        366/367           Running

05/09/09          Southern 500                                      7          23        366/367           Running

05/08/10          Southern 500                                      10        20        366/367           Running

05/07/11          Southern 500                                      1          4          370/370           Running

05/12/12          Southern 500                                      3          8          368/368           Running

05/11/13          Southern 500                                      4          17        367/367           Running

04/12/14          Southern 500                                      22        37        323/374           Crash

09/06/15          Southern 500                                      15        12        367/367           Running

09/04/16          Southern 500                                      18        7          367/367           Running

09/03/17          Southern 500                                      23        24        364/367           Running

 

Kahne’s Career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Stats at Darlington:

                        Races     Wins     Top 5s    Top 10s       Poles

Cumulative        15           0             3               5                4

 

 

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

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

24                0                 1                 1                    0                  30                         25.9                 22.8

 

 

Kahne’s Career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

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

528               18               93              176                 27               4,678                  14.5               17.7

 

 

From the Driver’s Seat:

Kasey Kahne: “My favorite part of the weekend at Darlington is the race itself.  I think just trying to run 500 miles against the wall there, without any mistakes, makes for a challenging race.  There’s a lot that goes in to being fast at Darlington and having a chance to be there at the end of that race, and to me, it’s one of our toughest races of the year.  Darlington can also be one of the most enjoyable races too though, and of course, if you finish it and gave it everything you had, it feels pretty good to be able to finish 500 miles at that track.  If you get a “Darlington stripe” during the weekend, I always feel like it’s because you made a mistake. Getting a stripe can happen so easily there that it’s something you regret as soon as you do it, and you wish that you wouldn’t have lost that touch of focus.”

 

From the Pit Box:

Jon Leonard: “In my mind, there are three major challenges to Darlington, but the first and foremost concern in my mind is tires.  Darlington is probably the most aggressive tire surface we go to, so tire falloff is usually huge (in the order of 3-3.5 seconds per fuel run, compared to Bristol for example, which is not even 1 second). Keeping tires on our Chevy is a major key to having a good car at Darlington. The second focus is trying to match the two ends of the racetrack. Since both ends of the track are so different, sometimes it’s tough to really get your car balanced from end-to-end there. The third aspect of Darlington that we focus on is keeping our Dumont JETS Chevy off of the wall so that we don’t get one of those famous ‘Darlington stripes.’ Keeping the body of our car without any damage, as well as keeping our No. 95 off the tires, is important for the overall speed and performance. It’s almost not an ‘if’ but a ‘when’ in regard to the possibilities of making contact with the wall, so being prepared for that is another important part of our weekend preparation.  Darlington is so unique with its track shape and tire wear that it really isn’t like anywhere else we go to on the circuit, which is why it’s a place everybody wants to win at. Similar to the Daytona 500 or Brickyard 400, Darlington is a historical staple in NASCAR, and the Southern 500 is such a coveted win to achieve. These last few years with Darlington doing the throwback weekends, it makes it feel like we’re racing back in time with all the cool paint schemes. I’m really looking forward to running Kasey’s special 2006 throwback scheme this weekend thanks to our friends at Dumont JETS.”

 

 

No. 95 Dumont JETS Camaro ZL1 Team:

Driver: Kasey Kahne                         Crew Chief: Jonathon Leonard

Car Chief: Ben Leslie                        Spotter: Doug Campbell

Engineer: J.R. Houston                     Hauler Driver: Damon Lopez

Shock Specialist: Tim Lambert        Mechanic: Bill Mares

Mechanic: Matt Kimball                     Mechanic: Ryan Dextraze

Tire Specialist: Tony Ramierz          Jackman: Jonathan Willard

Fueler: Ryan Dextraze                      Rear Changer: Cory Baldwin

Front Changer: Chris Winchell         Front Carrier: Justin Kirby

 

About Dumont GROUP:

Dumont GROUP is a full-service aircraft charter, sales, maintenance and parts organization headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware with a FAA approved 135 certificate, and EASA and FAA approved 145 MRO at the New Castle Airport (KILG) and Central Illinois Regional Airport (KBMI) in Bloomington, Illinois.  Dumont GROUP’s divisions include Dumont JETS, Dumont MRO, and Volo Direct.

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