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Kahne's knee trouble persists

RICHMOND, Va. – Kasey Kahne said he hopes his additional knee surgery won’t affect his performance in the race car.

“It’s still a little bit sore,” he said. “I think it may be sore throughout the race, but really as far as affecting the speed or the way that the race plays out, I don’t think it will affect that at all.”

Kahne had surgery on his right knee on April 18, the day after the race at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.

“I re-injured it probably about January or February – probably February – and I’ve just been waiting until I had time to get it fixed,” Kahne said.

“It’s been kind of a pain, but at the same time it’s part of things that happen.”

Shortly after the 2010 season ended, Kahne had surgery on both knees to repair a condition known as “plica syndrome,” the result of tissue build-up.

Kahne is driving the No. 4 Toyota for Red Bull Racing this season before he moves to Hendrick Motorsports next season.

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