Both in their first season with Leavine Family Racing and the No. 95 team, driver, Kasey Kahne, and crew chief, Travis Mack are optimistic going into the Kansas Speedway weekend and its night race this coming Saturday.
Driving Kansas Successfully
“Turn 4 is really tight on the exit compared to Turn 2 where it opens up a little bit more,” Kahne said.
“Having your car work well through both of those spots and turn really well, while also being able to run the top lane as well, is important for Kansas.”
Kahne said that a lot of times on long runs at Kansas, drivers run along the wall, carrying both momentum and speed.
“The exit to Turn 2 is a long exit, so if you can get your car turning really well, that can really help you with your day,” he said.
He said it’s very easy to be loose into Turn 2.
“…you can’t put the throttle down like you need to in order to go fast,” he said.
“Turn 2 is just such a different corner than Turns 3 and 4. Turn 4 is open getting into it, but then it just gets really tight off the corner.”
The Leavine Family Racing driver said the difference in the corners makes it a fun track, but also makes it tough to get right.
“I’ve just always enjoyed racing at Kansas before the repave and after the repave because you’ve always been able to move around on that track and the bottom is usually the preferred spot,” he said.
“Kansas throws a lot at you between the two different corners and the way the backstretch is that I’ve always liked the challenge of it.”
Calling the Kansas Race
Travis Mack, the crew chief of the No. 95 Tommy Williams Drywall Camaro ZL1, said he’s feeling good going into the Kansas Speedway Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race week.
“We ran this same car at Atlanta earlier this season and had a decent qualifying effort of starting from 14th,” Mack Said.
“From the time it got back from Atlanta, we have completely gone through this car making sure we are taking our best piece to date.”
Mack said they got the car they’re running this weekend into the wind tunnel — a first for the single-car team.
“Since the beginning of the year I feel like we have found something each week to help make our cars better for Kasey to drive,” the crew chief said.
“We will take everything we have learned so far up to this point of the season and come up with the best race set-up for Kasey. I’m looking forward to a good weekend in Kansas.”
Kane’s Kansas Numbers
In 21 Cup starts at Kansas Speedway, Kahne has an average start of 15.0, with an average finish of 13.5 He’s completed 99% of laps at the track and has led for just over 100 laps. Kahne has five top-five finishes, nine top-10 finishes, and three pole awards.