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Reality show turns Kahn into TV star

By Anthony Rhoads and Doug Gorman

Television star: Kasey Kahne, the driver of the No. 38 Great Clips Dodge in the NASCAR Busch Series, is part of the new television program NBS 24/7 on the Speed Channel.

The show gives a behind-the-scenes look at three teams in the NASCAR Busch Series including Akins Motorsports (Kahne), Fitz-Bradshaw Racing (Tim Fedewa and Casey Atwood) and Braun Racing (David Stremme).

"We have good days and we have bad days," Kahne said during a media day event Tuesday at Atlanta Motor Speedway. "It's fun on the good days but on the bad days it makes it irritating. It has ups and downs with it. The number one thing is to be yourself."

In addition to running in the Busch Series, Kahne is in his rookie season in Nextel Cup. He drives the No. 9 Dodge Dealers Dodge in the Nextel Cup series.

Clanton racing this weekend in Norfolk: Unlike most of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series drivers, Jonesboro native Joey Clanton will not have the weekend off from racing. He is participating in the Arena Racing event on Saturday night at the Norfolk Scope Arena in Norfolk, Va. The Arena Racing Series has brought the appearances of NASCAR standouts Dale Earnhardt Jr. and most recently Kurt Busch, who won the event back in November of 2003.

"We will be running a similar set up to what Kurt ran last year," Clanton said. "There isn't to much you can do to these cars so I'll be expecting some fierce competition from the current competitors."

In Arena Racing, drivers race real, one-half-scale stock cars-capable of speeds up to 100 mph outdoors on a custom-designed, high-banked indoor track.

Wants to see Rusty win: Rusty Wallace has won 54 races in his career but lately victories have been hard to come by. He hasn't won a race since the 2001 season. But he has a legendary race car driver rooting for him ? Rex White, the 1960 NASCAR Grand National champion.

"I want to see Rusty Wallace win again," White said. "I have always pulled for the underdog."

Wallace has had pretty good luck at Atlanta Motor Speedway, winning three times (1988, 1990 and 1993).

Glad to see kids getting involved in racing: White has attended several Atlanta Motor Speedway's Thursday Thunder summer races and he said it's good to get families involved in racing. The summer racing series features drivers of just about any age, from 7 in the Bandolero Bandits Division to the over-40 Masters Division in Legends.

"I think it's a good start and they're starting awfully young now," White said.

No time for sight seeing: Drivers on the Nextel circuit often visiting some interesting cities during the course of the season, but don't expect to see them at any of the hot spots. That's because once a driver gets to a track the week of the race, the hectic schedule keeps them there.

Outside of a few personal appearances that go along with sponsorship deals, drivers spend their time eating, breathing and sleeping racing.

"We really don't have a lot of time to do to much exploring," said rookie driver Scott Wimmer.