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Kasey Kahne Plans On Getting Dirty During Off-Week
Hendrick Driver To Race Sprint Car At Attica Raceway Park

By Dave Rodman - NASCAR.COM

Kasey Kahne could completely be forgiven if he was ready to climb under a rock and take a long nap for the entire upcoming off-weekend for the Sprint Cup Series. Kahne's first six Cup races have been the epitome of frustration. 

But that's not Kahne's style.

Hendrick Motorsports' newest driver also owns a multi-team, open-wheel racing operation -- Kasey Kahne Racing. Kahne can hardly contain his excitement over racing in his first Sprint Car event of the season.

And, since he's not one to do things halfway, Kahne and one of his drivers will both race Friday and Saturday nights at Attica (Ohio) Raceway Park. He and Brad Sweet, who's also splitting the full 2012 Nationwide Series schedule with Kahne in the No. 38 Turner Motorsports Chevrolet, will race in the 0.33-mile dirt track's annual Spring Nationals.

"It's exciting for myself," Kahne said. "I enjoy racing those cars 10 times a year, at least. This will be my first two, this year. I wanted to race [at Volusia Speedway Park] in Florida during February, but I had just had my knee surgery so I didn't do it.

"I feel like Attica will be a great track [to make his 2012 debut]. I enjoy racing there; it's a cool place with a lot of good fans up there. It's two nights in a row, it's supposed to be sunny and we built a brand new car for up there. So I think we'll have a good piece and I'm looking forward to having some good racing."

Kahne, who revealed via his Twitter account he's planning to attend the annual Knoxville (Iowa) Nationals in August, is so enamored of open-wheel racing he'll also serve as a race promoter for four World of Outlaws races this season.

The Kasey Kahne Challenge opens April 20 at the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia and will include events in Maryland, Indiana and Nebraska. Kahne could make all four, as NASCAR is in Kansas for the opening Challenge weekend, the second is on the Sunday of Sprint All-Star weekend and the final two events are Tuesday night shows.

Kahne said he recently spent a couple hours at his 26,000-square-foot KKR shop in Mooresville, N.C., working on his new car's driver's compartment.

"The car's almost done," Kahne said. "We were waiting on an engine, which we were going to borrow from Joey Saldana's [KKR] team so we should be in good shape. The field at Attica will be really tough -- it always is. It'll be interesting to see how well all three of our cars can do."

Sweet has been around Kahne at every Nationwide race this season, and will run a little more than half the Nationwide races and "25 or 30 Sprint Car races." Sweet laughed when he anticipated this weekend at Attica.

"Maybe the crowds around the cars [are] the only thing that's different," Sweet said of how it is to race against the boss in team Sprint Cars. "[Kahne] is just one of the guys. That's why he goes Sprint Car racing because he just wants that feel -- that he's just one of the guys at the dirt track, racing."

Sweet also commented that he thought people weren't fully aware of Kahne's passion for the circuit.

"I enjoy racing with those guys, whether it's Brad, Joey or Cody [Darrah], and everybody else that races Sprint Cars," Kahne said. "I bet Tony [Stewart, fellow open-wheel team owner] will be up there, so it'll be a fun weekend.

"The big thing for me is figuring it out quick and trying to qualify well, because you only get three or four laps of practice, then you qualify and run heat races and everything means something. You can't get behind and it's easy to get behind if you haven't had a lot of seat time and those other guys have."

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