Found May 25, 2013 on Start 'N' Park Blog:
PLAYERS: Kasey KahneRegan Smith
JRM CHEVROLETS TO RUN PATRIOTIC PAINT SCHEMES AT CHARLOTTE - Both Kahne and Smith will be running special patriotic-themed paint schemes as part of the “NASCAR: An American Salute” program, an industry-wide effort to honor and celebrate the service of members of the United States Armed Forces, veterans and their families. Look for the stars and stripes to be blended into the paints schemes of both the Great Clips and TaxSlayer.com Chevrolets. CHARLOTTE IN-RACE REPORTER - Smith will serve as the ESPN In-Race reporter this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway, with crew chief Greg Ives giving his thoughts from atop the No. 7 TaxSlayer.com team’s pit box. SMITH AT MILE-AND-A-HALFS - In three starts for JR Motorsports at 1.5-mile facilities (Homestead-Miami, Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway), Smith holds one win, one top-five and three top-10s. His average finish in those races is 5.0. DRIVER RATING UPDATE - Smith has accumulated a season-to-date driver rating of 102.7. He is ranked second in that category among Nationwide Series regulars, and is one of only three regular drivers with a rating higher than 102. Driver rating is comprised of a formula which tracks eight statistical categories and combines the average into a numerical value with a maximum rating of 150. KAHNE AT HOME IN CHARLOTTE - Kahne makes his 20th start at Charlotte in NASCAR’s second-tier series this weekend, driving the No. 5 Great Clips Chevrolet. In 19 previous starts, he holds one win (earned during the spring event in 2007), one top five and four top-10s. He has also led 151 laps around the 1.5-mile facility. At the Sprint Cup level, Kahne is a four-time victor at Charlotte and three-time winner of the prestigious and grueling 600-miler. All totaled, he holds seven top-fives, 10 top-10s and has led 807 laps in Sprint Cup competition LEAD LAP UPDATE - Smith and the No. 7 TaxSlayer.com team have spent 99.22 percent of the season’s 1,677 laps running on the lead lap. Smith leads all Nationwide Series drivers in that statistical category. SO BEGINS THE SUMMER STRETCH OF NNS COMPETITION - Beginning with this week’s race at Charlotte, the Nationwide Series will see action over a summer stretch that covers 21 races in 16 states and almost five months of competition. The series will run consecutively through the fall event at Charlotte on October 11. KASEY KAHNE ON CHARLOTTE - “I thought we had a successful test session at Charlotte Motor Speedway this week. We tried a bunch of stuff, and the two teams worked well together in maximizing that time. We are going into this weekend’s race with a lot of confidence. We’ve had contending race cars, and there are a few races that I know we could’ve won. “With the test session on Wednesday and the fan festivities all week, its’ been a busy but fun week. It’s great when people come from all over the country to see the shops and go to the races. I know there has been a lot of foot traffic at my shop (Kasey Kahne Racing) as well as JR Motorsports and Hendrick Motorsports. That’s great to see, and I hope the fans enjoy their time here in North Carolina.” REGAN SMITH ON CHARLOTTE - “We’re getting ready for a fun summer of racing. I’m excited for it and excited for our TaxSlayer team. We want to start this stretch off on the right foot. It’s a good feeling to be leading the points, but to that point, we still want to be improving. Right now, we’re in a solid position because everyone is chasing us and it’s almost like you have a bit more control when you’re leading the points. But we’re still not satisfied. From the beginning of the year, the goal has been the championship. The great thing is that we have Greg Ives who has been in a lot of the situations we’re going to face this year. Looking down the road when we get into the thick of it, he has the experience and the know-how to guide our team through everything and out the other side.”
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