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Newton, Iowa - Kasey Kahne, a popular young NASCAR Sprint Cup star, is scheduled to race at Iowa Speedway in the NASCAR Camping World Series East-West Challenge Sunday afternoon, May 18, 2008.
Kahne, 27, was the 2004 NASCAR Rookie of the Year and drives the No. 9 Dodge Budweiser for Gillett Everham Motorsports.
“I am really looking forward to running the NASCAR Camping World Series at Iowa Speedway,” Kahne said. “The configuration and progressive banking will make for some exciting racing and I have been eager to try the place out. My Kasey Kahne Racing USAC team won there last year and they raved about the track. I know there are some great fans in the Midwest and I have always had a lot of fun racing sprint cars in that region.”
Iowa Speedway President Jerry Jauron says "racing fans are in for a real treat and we're excited to have Kasey and his team with us this season. Kasey has a big following, especially here in the Iowa, and we look forward to seeing him race on our track."
After spending his entire racing career in open-wheel series, Kahne spent 2002 and 2003 in the NASCAR Nationwide Series driving for Robert Yates Racing. He moved to Akins Motorsports in 2003. Kahne was considered a top open-wheel talent prior to his move to stock cars winning the 2000 USAC Midget title. In 2001, he ran limited schedules in the Toyota Atlantic Series and Formula Ford 2000 Series before moving to the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2002. Kahne moved to NASCAR Sprint Cup races in 2004.
Last year, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick ran the event the day after capturing the NASCAR All-Star Challenge in Charlotte, N.C. At Iowa, Harvick won the pole and engaged in a race-long battle with rising star Joey Logano - the two traded the lead 18 times - before Harvick ended up finishing second to Logano.