The third time was the charm for Kasey Kahne and the No. 9 Evernham Motorsports team at Lowe's Motor Speedway in North Carolina on October 14, as Kahne drove the Mopar "Midnight Camo" paint scheme into victory lane in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Bank of America 500. Kahne had piloted cars carrying Mopar's colors to the lead at the October Charlotte race in both 2004 and 2005, before blown tires both years prematurely ended his and Mopar's hopes for a victory.
Kahne kicked off the weekend by qualifying the No. 9 Mopar Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger in the second position, locking himself into an outside first row starting spot for the 334-lap race. When the green flag dropped, Kahne spent little time in taking the No. 9 to the front of the field. He took the lead on several occasions, and grabbed the top spot for the final time on lap 308 to set the stage for his win.
At press time, Kahne had won a NASCAR Nextel Cup series-high six races, and moved into the eighth position in the NASCAR Nextel Cup championship standings. The team's win at Lowe's Motor Speedway on Saturday night was its second at the facility this season, as Kahne also won the Coca-Cola 600 event at the facility in May. The victory was also the first NASCAR Nextel Cup win for a car carrying Mopar's colors as the primary paint scheme.
The Mopar "Midnight Camo" paint scheme that adorned the No. 9 Evernham Motorsports Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge entry has been a staple of Team Mopar's 2006 racing efforts and is carried by the brand's factory-backed USAC National Silver Crown, Sprint and Midget Car teams. It is also featured on Team Mopar's factory efforts in the NHRA Pro Stock Series.
Kahne and the No. 9 Evernham Motorsports team will resume action on October 22 in the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Virginia.