By admin | February 20, 2009
By Richard Allen
Richard Petty Motorsports placed three of its four cars in the Top 10 of the Daytona 500. Surprisingly, the one car not to score a good finish was the teamâ€™s star driver, Kasey Kahne. After being involved in a late race incident the driver of car #9 finished 29th in the â€˜Great American Raceâ€™.
However, Kahne may well be poised to take his turn at the head of the RPM parade.
The Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California is one of Kahneâ€™s best. Over the course of his career he has recorded one win, three Top 5s and seven Top 10 finishes in only ten attempts. His win came in the fall race of 2006.
Last year, Kahne recorded two Top 10s on the Los Angeles area track. He was 9th in this race a year ago and drove to an 8th place result in the fall race.
Kahne did not waste any time showing that his driving style was well suited for this 2 mile speedway. In his first officially timed trip around the facility in a Sprint Cup car he won the pole for this race in 2004.
After a tumultuous off season which included driver changes, a merger and even possible legal action, Richard Petty Motorsports showed strength at Daytona that may have caught some off guard. Now, Kasey Kahne is looking to take advantage of that strength. The Auto Club Speedway may be the place for him to do just that.
Richard Allen is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association. His weekly column appears in The Mountain Press every Wednesday.
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