Kahne Promotes Breast Cancer Awareness At Martinsville


Kasey Kahne lent a hand to help breast cancer awareness Wednesday.


Kasey Kahne is familiar with the curbs in the turns at Martinsville Speedway. He’s raced around them, and sometimes over them, for a decade.

Recently he got a different view of those curbs as he helped 10 breast cancer survivors paint a section of them pink in observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

“Our curbs are famous in the sport. They are iconic,” said Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell. “So it is fitting that we paint them pink for such a great cause.”

“It’s a pretty tough curb,” said Kahne, speaking from experience.

The curbs will be pink for the Goody’s® Headache Relief Shot® 500 weekend Oct. 24-26.

Chevrolet also rolled out the pink Chevrolet SS Sedan pace car that will be used for the Goody’s® Headache Relief Shot® 500. It is part of a larger program sponsored by Chevrolet that includes a contribution of $250 for every lap the pace car leads under caution during the race.

“Last year we had 111 caution laps in the October race here,” said Jeff Chew, marketing manager for Chevrolet’s racing program. “I hate to say keep it up, Clay (Campbell), but keep it up and we’ll generate some money.”

This is Chevrolet’s fourth year of raising money for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer®. To date Chevy’s efforts have netted more than $3 million.

“It’s always neat to see the pace car leading the race under caution and know we are raising money for breast cancer awareness,” said Kahne.

Once the brushes were put away Wednesday, Kahne took some time to talk racing, the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship and the upcoming Goody’s® Headache Relief Shot® 500.

He struggled a bit in the first two races of Chase, but bounced back with a strong effort Sunday to advance to the Contender Round. He and his Hendrick Motorsports teammates, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr., all advanced and Kahne says that has the entire company excited.

“I think it’s going to be a great race weekend (at Martinsville). There’s going to be a lot on the line,” said Kahne, who has three top-five finishes to his credit at Martinsville along with one pole victory. “All the Hendrick cars tested here, so we feel good about what we are bringing back. Hopefully we’ll all have some really good speed here.”

Tickets to the Goody’s® Headache Relief Shot® 500 on October 26, the Kroger 200 on October 25 and the Virginia Lottery Pole Day on October 24 can be purchased by calling 1.877.RACE.TIX. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.

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