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Darlington, SC - (November 11, 2004) When Kasey Kahne decides to tackle something new, there are no holds barred. Kahne will make his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series debut in the No. 2 Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge on Friday, November 12 in the Darlington 200 at Darlington Raceway.

Kahne currently leads the battle for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Raybestos Rookie of the Year award. He is still looking for his first win of the season, and can think of no better place to get it than Darlington, the track "Too Tough To Tame."

"I'd really to win at Darlington," Kahne said. "I like the surface. The track is difficult to drive; it's really narrow and slippery. It's just an exciting and fun racetrack. You've got to be on top of it all day long. It's a driver's track."

Kahne has posted five consecutive fifth-place finishes in Cup competition over the past two weeks.

Serving as added incentive for Kahne's entry into NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series competition is the chance to secure a haircut for his younger brother Kale. Kale Kahne, 21, has pledged not to cut his hair until his brother wins a race, and perhaps a Craftsman Truck Series win would suffice.

"I guess I need to win one of these so he doesn't have to go through the winter without getting it cut," Kahne said. "His hair has always been short. If you look at pictures of him from Daytona in February, it's short. Mine gets long, too, but I'll cut it after a little while."

The Darlington 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event is slated for Friday night, the inaugural event under the lights at Darlington Raceway. Bobby Hamilton is the defending champion. The race will be broadcast live on the Speed Channel, MRN Radio and XM Satellite Radio at 8 p.m.

The race weekend continues on Saturday, November 13 with the BI-LO 200 NASCAR Busch Series race. Start time for that event, won last year by Brian Vickers, is 1 p.m.

Sunday, November 14 will feature the 55th, and final, running of the Mountain Dew Southern 500. This legendary event was first run in 1950, but will see its checkered flag wave under the lights for the first time in 2004. Terry Labonte is the defending champion.

For tickets or more information on upcoming events at Darlington Raceway, call the Raceway ticket hotline toll-free at 866.459.RACE (7223), or visit darlingtonraceway.com.

Contact:  Darlington Raceway 843.395.8892

 
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