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Daytona to Dirt: Kasey Kahne Earns Volusia Redemption as Wallaces Grand Marshal

NASCAR’s continued West Coast swing again left dirt racing a big lacking in representation from the pavement brigade this weekend, though several drivers were present in different capacities.

Christopher Bell

The Cup Series regular’s sprint car team again fielded entries for teenager Gavan Boschele in a USCS series doubleheader at Hattiesburg Speedway in Mississippi Friday and Saturday nights (March 3-4). Boschele scored top-10 finishes in both events, with Saturday’s fourth-place finish a career-best sprint car finish for the 14-year-old.

Kasey Kahne

The former Cup Series regular contested all three World of Outlaws features run at Volusia Speedway Park in Florida Sunday and Monday and had some bipolar results over the weekend. Sunday night saw Kahne put together arguably his strongest performance as a full-time Outlaw driver, qualifying for the pole dash and scoring a third-place finish.

Later Sunday evening and into Monday saw Kahne return back to running in the mid-pack in both the makeup feature from a February rainout and Monday’s feature, finishing 13th and 16th in the two respective races. Still, considering how Kahne’s last race at Volusia ended in 2022, finishing three races without a major incident has to be considered a win.

Plus, even if it’s not the Allstate girls, Kahne’s apparently still got quite the fanbase going.

The Wallaces

None of them turned a competitive lap at Volusia on Monday night, but 1989 Cup Series champion Rusty Wallace, former Cup Series regular Kenny Wallace and former Xfinity Series regular Steve Wallace all served as co-grand marshals of the World of Outlaws feature.

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Richmond, Virginia native. Wake Forest University class of 2008. Affiliated with Frontstretch since 2008, as of today the site's first dirt racing commentator. Emphasis on commentary. Big race fan, bigger First Amendment advocate.

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