Smooth rookie covets victory

Updated: May 13, 2004, 12:37 PM ET
By Jerry Bonkowski | Special to ESPN.com

Rookie driver. Brand new racing surface. The kind of three-quarter-mile short track that plays to his strength as a race car driver.

Add in a series-best-tying three poles and four top-5 finishes, including runner-up at Rockingham, Las Vegas and Texas.

Could all those elements equal a first Nextel Cup win for Kasey Kahne in Saturday night's Pontiac Performance 400 at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway?

The driver of the No. 9 Dodge Intrepid sure hopes so. He's had such success ...

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