For the first time in his career, Kasey Kahne will get behind the wheel of a Toyota Camry.
On Friday night, Kahne will be making his much-anticipated Toyota debut in the #10 McDonald’s McCafe’ Toyota for Braun Racing in the Subway Jalapenos 250 Nationwide race at Daytona.
Kahne is accustomed to making his Nationwide Series season debut at Daytona. Just not this late into the year.
Kahne had this to say about returning to the Nationwide Series:
“I’m pretty excited about this. Braun Racing builds some pretty fast race cars and I’ve always enjoyed racing in this series. Last year was the first time we didn’t visit Victory Lane in a Nationwide car, so I want to try and get back to the winners circle. Richard Petty Motorsports is focused on four cars in the Cup Series, so this deal with Braun Racing made a lot of sense. They’re one of the best stand-alone teams in the series.”
Kahne’s Sprint Cup teammate, Elliott Sadler, drove the #10 to an 18th place finish last week at New Hampshire.
Ironically, Braun owns the very car Kahne drove in the Nationwide Series before his big break with Ray Evernham; The #38 Great Clips Toyota driven by Jason Leffler.
However, Kahne has never driven for Braun. Kahne hasn’t been in the #38 since 2005, when the car was owned by Akins Racing. His old ride was a Ford, until he joined up with Evernham Motorsports in 2004. It then became a Dodge.
The car was shared by several racers until a merger brought the #38 to Braun Racing in 2006. Leffler took over the car, and in 2007, it became a Toyota. Leffler earned Toyota its first win in the Nationwide Series at O’Reilly Raceway Park in 2007.
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