Racingone Pitnotes: Kansas
September 30, 2006 | 9:00 A.M. EST
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- KANSAS CITY, Kan. - A look at all the news, notes and photos from Kansas Speedway as the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series gets ready to run this Sunday's Banquet 400.
- "This car is five for seven. It's won every race I've won this year. It finished fourth at Michigan and 23rd at Chicago. It’s a great racecar. Can we win on Sunday? I hope so." -Kasey Kahne
- "I was never really crazy about that whole 'Drive for Five' program. From a marketing standpoint it sounded good, but it is hard to live up to and here we are several years later still battling for that. You never know when it is or isn't your year." -Jeff Gordon
- "The groove has moved around as we come here (Kansas) every year, it has moved up. I don't think this track has moved up as far as Chicago has, but the groove has moved up and aged a little bit." -Kevin Harvick
- "This is a great place for me because I grew up racing not that far from here, really. I have a lot of fans from up in this area. I raced at I-70. I raced in Springfield, Missouri. I have a lot of fans that don't get to come to a lot of other races, so they come down here." -Mark Martin
Busch Schedule Coming
NASCAR will release the 2007 Busch Series schedule on Monday, which will include an August 4th date in Montreal. The Craftsman Truck schedule, which is virtually identical to this year's slate, will also be announced next week. The new Iowa Speedway will not be part of either series schedule next year, but there are indications the trucks could race there in 2008.
Vickers On The Outs
Brian Vickers may still technically be a member of Hendrick Motorsports and a teammate to "Chase" contenders Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson, but he's no longer welcome to team meetings. Vickers is leaving for the new Red Bull Toyota team next season and for the next eight races, he won't be allowed to attend post-race or qualifying "debriefings" with the team.
"You know, it’s unfortunate," Vickers said. "I would like to be involved in them, but it’s not my call."
There is still some speculation that Vickers will be relieved of his duties with the No. 25 team before the end of the year in favor of Casey Mears, who was signed by Hendrick to pilot the car beginning next season.
All Evernham Front Row
Kasey Kahne captured his fifth pole of the 2006 season at Kansas Speedway, running a fast lap of 178.377 mph to take the Bud Pole award for Sunday's Banquet 400 with his Evernham Motorsports teammate Scott Riggs outside the front row. Starting Lineup | Qualifying Results | Story
Chase Brings Disappointment for Some
Not many expected Kyle Busch’s championship hopes to be slim after only two weeks of The Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup. Story
What drivers are saying this weekend at Kansas Speedway
Listen as the editorial staff at RacingOne discuss their picks for this weekend along with all the hot topics as the “Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup” heads to Kansas Speedway for this weekend’s Banquet 400. Watch the Podcast