Kasey Kahne in Position to Score First Charlotte Motor Speedway Triple
After winning the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and the Coca-Cola 600 in May, Kasey Kahne has a chance to make history.
A victory in the Oct. 11 Bank of America 500 would make the Enumclaw, Wash., native the only driver to win all three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Charlotte Motor Speedway in a single season.
"It would be a huge accomplishment for me personally and everyone at Gillett Evernham Motorsports to be able to complete the sweep. Lowe's is definitely one of my favorite tracks," said Kahne.
"I enjoy racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway, we've had a lot of success there. It's a track where I seem to know what the car needs to go fast.
We've run up front a lot there since 2004, so I feel fairly confident going back."
This is only the sixth time since the All-Star Race debuted in 1985 that a driver has had the opportunity to score the unique triple.
. 1985: Darrell Waltrip was the first to strike out. After winning the inaugural NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and the Coca-Cola 600 on back-to-back days, Waltrip finished 14th in the October race, three laps behind winner Ken Schrader.
. 1991: Davey Allison ended up just one position short of winning all three races. The second-generation sensation dominated the Sprint All-Star Race and led 264 of the 400 laps en route to victory in the Coca-Cola 600. But his No. 28 Ford was in second place, 11.31 seconds behind Geoffrey Bodine when the fall classic came to a close.
. 1993: NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt was the next to take a shot. Earnhardt swept around Mark Martin on a late-race restart to win the All-Star Race and then led 154 laps on his way to victory in the Coca-Cola 600. Driving Robert Yates' No. 28 Ford, Ernie Irvan dominated the Bank of America 500 with Earnhardt settling for third in Richard Childress' No. 3 Chevrolet.
. 1997: Dale Jarrett spoiled Jeff Gordon's only opportunity to score the triple. Gordon drove the legendary No. 24 Chevrolet known as T-Rex to victory in the Sprint All-Star Race and then edged Rusty Wallace to claim the Coca-Cola 600 trophy. Gordon started fourth in the 500, but could do not better than fifth as Jarrett and Bobby Labonte battled at the front of the pack before Jarrett took the win.
. 2003: Jimmie Johnson was the most recent driver with a chance at the sweep. The California native became the first to earn more than $1 million for winning the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and went on to earn his first of three consecutive Coca-Cola 600s. In the Bank of America 500, however, Johnson never led during the last half of the race and ended up third behind Tony Stewart and second-place finisher Ryan Newman.
Tickets for the Oct. 11 Bank of America 500, round five of the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, start at just $29 and can be purchased by calling the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455 FANS or online.