Surprise, surprise. Kasey Kahne will be the lone driver out of the Richard Petty Motorsports camp using the newer, faster Dodge R6 engine, according to Scenedaily.com.
Kahne’s #9 Budweiser Dodge will run the R6 engine beginning at Dover on May 31st. Whether the R6 will be used in the following races remains to be seen, but one has to think that the team will indeed be using the R6 after Dover, as the circuit will head to a pair of tracks where Kahne finished 1st and 2nd respectively a year ago.
Kahne is most certainly excited about receiving the new engine. “When we get the R6 for Dover, I think that’s going to be a big help,” said Kahne. “I think that engine runs really well, if you look at the way Penske has run this year.”
And boy have they run well this year. With the R6 engine, Kurt Busch has returned to his championship form of 2004, while David Stremme and Sam Hornish Jr. are having career seasons.
According to Kahne, the new engine is lighter. It also runs cooler, which, according to Kahne, creates more take on the car, creating more downforce. Overall, the engine is supposed to allow the car to run better, and faster, something Kahne needs desperately. He sit 16th in the points standings, 60 points out of 12th.
So the question remains, will the new engine really have an impact on Kahne’s results? Most likely, it will. However, it remains to be seen, at least until after Dover.