USC: Kahne Heading Down Under; Will Race Sprint Car at Valvoline Raceway During Offseason

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competitor Kasey Kahne has confirmed that he’ll be returning to Australia in 2015/2016 to race an exclusive Ultimate Sprintcar schedule at Valvoline Raceway.

Kahne, a household name in NASCAR will bring his own first class equipment, including two complete cars and spares, to race at Valvoline Raceway on Dec. 26, Dec. 28, Dec. 30, Jan. 1, Jan. 3 and Jan. 5. Kahne will bring his long time right hand at Kasey Kahne Racing, Justin Adams, and possibly another team member to facilitate the Sydney tour.

Kahne became well aware of the Valvoline Raceway impetus last year when he tuned into the “Clay per view” internet live streaming broadcast to watch Kasey Kahne Racing factory pilot Brad Sweet in action on numerous occasions.

Valvoline Raceway Managing Director Steven Green was delighted today to announce Kahne’s impending tour.

“Kasey is such a class act,” Green said. “Whether it’s on a superspeedway, the coat hanger in the Poconos or a dirt quarter mile he’s renowned as an ultra versatile and competitive elite racer. His racing credentials speak for themselves but we’re also delighted to have someone of his professional and modest nature to come and share time with us. Justin Adams told me that Kasey’s idea of a holiday is spending some time working on and driving his Sprintcar so we’re happy we can accommodate him with that and some Aussie summer weather.”

Despite his busy NASCAR schedule, Kahne has remains close to his dirt racing roots through his own driving opportunities when time arises but predominantly through the development of Kasey Kahne Racing where he provides two elite sprint cars in the World of Outlaw schedule each year.

For Kahne personally the idea of ‘spare time’ is a limited concept. Increasing on and off track commitments see an exhausting schedule for the Washington native where he’s continually on demand from the media and sponsorship fraternity.

The idea then of pulling on a helmet and fire suit 14,000 miles from home and getting his fix of sprint car racing Australian style has an allure all it’s own.

“I’ve enjoyed the racing and the hospitality in Australia before and there’s a lot to like about coming back down there for it,” Kahne said. “It’s a quick break from all the activity up here (USA) and I get to squeeze in six races. It’s a win-win for me.”

Kahne will field his sprint car under the umbrella of Steve Caunt Racing – the flamboyant Albion Park Rail (NSW) car owner and driver has facilitated some of the sport’s biggest names in the past, including two-time World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series champion Jason Meyers and Outlaw legend Sammy Swindell to name a few – who has purchased Kahne’s equipment for the Sydney tour.

“Obviously it’s a great honour to have someone like Kasey involved with our racing program,” said Caunt. “He’ll be running his cars with support from our hauler and our operation. I know he’ll be bringing everything he needs but he has all of our inventory if he needs it as well.”

CREDIT: Valvoline Raceway

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