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(VictoryKahne) Kasey Kahne back in Enumclaw classroom | NASCAR
by KEVIN HANSON, Enumclaw Courier Herald Senior Writer, Editor
Mar 25, 2014 at 6:23PM
Enumclaw native Kasey Kahne, a veteran driver on the NASCAR circuit and member of his home town’s Walk of Fame, took a step back in time Thursday.
Kahne sat on the stage at Southwood Elementary School , recalling how everything seems different from an adult perspective – the gym seems smaller and the distance to nearby soccer fields isn’t as great. He answered questions from his young audience and, before and after an all-school assembly, visited with students.
Kahne, who turns 34 next month and now resides in North Carolina, was in town to participate in the Farmers Insurance “Thank a Million Teachers” nationwide initiative.
Specifically, Kahne arrived at his childhood school to honor his former principal, Jake Thomas, and current Southwood teacher Jody Emerson, who happens to be Thomas’ daughter. During Thursday’s event, Kahne surprised the two by inviting them to be his guests at the May 4 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama. At the famous race venue, they will get a behind-the-scenes look at Kahne’s race-day environment.
Kahne‚Äôs connection to the insurance giant is a professional one. He drives the No. 5 Farmers Insurance Group/Quaker State Chevrolet SS for Hendrick Motorsports in the Sprint Cup Series.
Also during Thursday‚Äôs visit to Southwood, Farmers Insurance and the Kasey Kahne Foundation announced matching donations to the school that will create a ‚Äúreading garden,‚Äù a manicured spot on school grounds where students will be able to sit quietly and read.
Farmers Insurance launched the ‚ÄúThank a Million Teachers‚Äù program at the start of 2014 and, as of last week, had recognized nearly 300,000 teachers throughout the nation.
(VictoryKahne) Starting Line-Up for the STP 500 at Martinsville
The Associated Press Sporting News
After Friday qualifying; race Sunday
At Martinsville Speedway
Lap length: .526 miles
(Car number in parentheses)
1. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 99.674 mph.
2. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 99.548.
3. (22) Joey Logano, Ford, 99.428.
4. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 99.178.
5. (24) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 99.048.
6. (20) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 99.048.
7. (14) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 98.883.
8. (99) Carl Edwards, Ford, 98.846.
9. (1) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 98.625.
10. (10) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 98.165.
11. (16) Greg Biffle, Ford, 97.764.
12. (15) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 97.382.
13. (55) Brian Vickers, Toyota, 98.965.
14. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 98.929.
15. (47) A J Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 98.888.
16. (31) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 98.877.
17. (9) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 98.712.
18. (4) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 98.707.
19. (23) Alex Bowman, Toyota, 98.661.
20. (43) Aric Almirola, Ford, 98.625.
21. (27) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 98.61.
22. (41) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 98.61.
23. (13) Casey Mears, Chevrolet, 98.599.
24. (34) David Ragan, Ford, 98.599.
25. (51) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 98.43.
26. (88) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 98.379.
27. (5) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 98.359.
28. (42) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 98.333.
29. (32) Travis Kvapil, Ford, 98.246.
30. (17) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 98.206.
31. (78) Martin Truex Jr., Chevrolet, 98.2.
32. (95) Michael McDowell, Ford, 98.002.
33. (98) Josh Wise, Chevrolet, 97.957.
34. (3) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 97.886.
35. (26) Cole Whitt, Toyota, 97.82.
36. (40) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 97.759.
37. (33) David Stremme, Chevrolet, owner points.
38. (83) Ryan Truex, Toyota, owner points.
39. (38) David Gilliland, Ford, owner points.
40. (7) Michael Annett, Chevrolet, owner points.
41. (30) Parker Kligerman, Toyota, owner points.
42. (36) Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, owner points.
43. (66) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, owner points.
Failed to Qualify
44. (35) David Reutimann, Ford, 97.759.
(VictoryKahne) NASCAR at Martinsville 2014: Weekend Schedule, Start Time, Practice, Qualifying, TV and Weather Info
NASCAR heads to Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, VA this weekend for the sixth races of the 2014 season.
Both the Truck series and Sprint Cup series will race at the 0.526 mile short track. The Nationwide Series is off this
week. The Truck Series will run the Kroger 200 on Saturday while the Sprint Cup cars will run the STP 500 on Sunday
Below you will find the Martinsville Speedway race weekend schedule , including the race start time, practice and
qualifying times, TV info, and weather at the track if you are headed out to see the races this weekend.
All times listed are ET
Friday, March 28
– 9-11:45 a.m. ET: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice
– 12:00-1:30 p.m. ET: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice TV: FOX Sports 1
– 3-4:25 p.m. ET: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series final practice TV: FOX Sports 1
– 4:40 p.m. ET: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying Kyle Busch wins pole, full qualifying results
Saturday, March 29
– 10-10:55 a.m. ET: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice TV: FOX Sports 1
– 11:10 a.m. ET: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Series Keystone Light Pole qualifying TV:FOX Sports 1
–1-1:50 p.m. ET: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice TV: FOX Sports 2
– 2:30 p.m. ET: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Kroger 250 (250 laps, 131.5 miles)Green Flag: 2:46 pm/ET approx
TV: FOX Sports 1
Sunday, March 29
– 1 p.m. ET: Sprint Cup Series STP 500 (500 laps, 263 miles) Green Flag: 1:13pm/ET approxTV: FOX
Race Day Track Info:
Grand Marshal: Dale Inman
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Virginia Governor Terry McAulif
National Anthem: Virginia Army National Guard’s 29th Army Band
Flyover: The Warbirds
Last Year’s Winner:
Trucks: March 2013 – Johnny Sauter, Fall 2013: Darrell Wallace Jr.
Sprint Cup: March 2013 – Jimmie Johnson, Fall 2013 – Jeff Gordon
Temperatures will be in the low 60′s all weekend in Martinsville, VA. Rain is possible on both Friday and Saturday, with a
70-80% chance each day. Biggest chance of rain comes Saturday. Sunday looks clear.
(VictoryKahne) 29th Army Band To Peform Anthem For STP 500
The 29th Army Band, Virginia Army National Guard will perform the National Anthem prior to the STP 500 at Martinsville
The 29th Army Band is one of the oldest and most decorated military bands in the nation.
“We believe our National Anthem should be played with great respect and pride, and having heard the 29th Army Band
perform the anthem, we know we will get a that type of performance,” said Martinsville Speedway President Clay
Campbell. “We are truly honored to have such a patriotic and historic band perform here. I’m looking forward to hearing
their version Sunday.”
The 29th Army Band has been in existence since 1922 and has served the Commonwealth of Virginia and the nation with
It was pressed into active duty during World War II and joined in the assault on Omaha Beach, duty for which its members
received the French Croix de Guerre with Palm. The band saw action in four European campaigns during World War II:
Normandy, Northern France, the Rhineland and Central Europe.
Present-day duties take the 29th Army Band all over the Commonwealth of Virginia and sometimes out of the state. They
perform in concert, marching band and small ensembles for military and civilian functions with a repertoire that ranges
from the classics to pop to Broadway to motion picture hits.
The Band’s most recent foreign assignments were in Bosnia-Herzegovina in support of Stabilization Force 10 in 2002 and
the 60th Anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, France in 2004
(VictoryKahne) Petty, Inman Reunited As STP 500 Grand Marshals
One of racing’s most potent partnerships is reuniting for the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on March 30.
Richard Petty and Dale Inman, who combined for more wins than any other driver-crew chief team in the history of
NASCAR, have been named Grand Marshals for the STP 500.
“We are so honored to have two of our sport’s greatest legends to be the Grand Marshals for the STP 500,” said
Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell. “When I look at what Richard and Dale did together, I’m just amazed. The
two of them set records that will never be broken.”
With Petty behind the wheel and Inman turning the wrenches and calling shots from the pits, Petty Enterprises dominated
the sport for nearly three decades. They combined for 193 victories and eight championships, both records for a driver-
Fittingly both Petty and Inman are enshrined in the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
Petty and Inman notched 15 wins together at Martinsville Speedway, tops for both driver and crew chief at the historic
“Richard and Dale were practically unbeatable here for a lot of years,” said Campbell. “They had Martinsville figured out
like no one else at the time. It was the closest track to their home, so it meant a lot for them to win here, too.”
And they will get one more chance to shine at Martinsville Speedway when they give the command for drivers to start
their engines on March 30.
In addition to the last story, we all should remember and be thankful for Lynda Petty, Richard Petty's wife, who passed away earlier this week. She was the backbone behind Richard's success and an inspiration not only to many NASCAR wives, but to NASCAR over-all. Thank you Lynda!!!