Kasey Kahne - NASCAR Driver
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Kasey Kahne - Bio
It didn't take long for young Kasey Kahne to become a superstar on the NASCAR Nextel Cup racing circuit. Kasey signed up with Evernham Motorsports to race for the 2004 season. In his first year on the circuit, Kasey finished 13th in points by picking up 13 top five finished and 14 top ten finishes. The strong performance earned him the Rookie of the Year award, but more even more exciting was Kasey's nomination to People magazine's 50 top bachelors.
Since then, women all over the country have swooned over Kasey's boyish looks and sparkling eyes. Everyday, young female fans pose the questions, "Does Kasey Kahne have a girlfriend?" or "Is Kasey Kahne married?". The infatuation by female NASCAR fans has prompted a whole series of commercials involving dreamy-eyed ladies causing havoc while fantasizing about Kasey.
All of this attention must be mind-boggling for the small-town boy from Washington state. Like most of NASCAR's finest, Kasey comes from a grass roots background. His first competitive laps came on dirt tracks in his home state of Washington. He won four races in his first season running Micro Midgets.
Kahne's progression was anything but gradual. He won 11 of 14 races in 1996 to win the Hannigan Speedway championship and the Northwest Mini-Sprint Car championship. By 1998, Kasey was running full-size sprint cars. He visited Victory Lane a dozen times in his first season.
Steve Lewis, who has employed the likes of Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart, offered Kahne a sprint, midget and Silver Crown deal that would run the full United States Auto Club (USAC) schedule. In his first season, Kahne garnered the USAC Silver Crown Rookie of the Year award, and both the USAC Midget Series Champion and Driver of the Year honors.
In 2002, Kahne signed with Robert Yates to run a limited NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division schedule. His best finish was a 10th-place effort at Michigan International Speedway. Kahne got his first Busch Series win in the 2003 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. For Kahne, who had quick success in every other stop in his career, was surprised it took so long to get a Busch Series win.
In late 2003, Kahne was pegged to take over the No. 9 Dodge for Evernham Motorsports after its driver, Bill Elliott, announced intentions to run a partial schedule.
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