"It's some of the funnest racing you'll ever do."

And that, race fans, sums up Kasey Kahne's reason for returning to Williams Grove Speedway.

And it's for charity, too.

Kahne, the NASCAR Sprint Cup series star who cut his teeth racing on area dirt tracks, has teamed up with Ollie's Bargain Outlet to present the "Battle at the Grove" race to benefit charities designated by the Kasey Kahne Foundation and Ollie's.

The event will be held on Wednesday at the historic Mechanicsburg half-mile clay oval and will feature 360/358 sprint cars and super late models.

Kahne will pilot a sprint car, while NASCAR "bad boy" Kyle Busch will be the featured driver in the late-model-series race. Another NASCAR Sprint Cup driver, David Stremme, also is scheduled to run in that event.

Kahne said in a telephone news conference Thursday morning that he enjoys getting back to his racing roots.

"It's fun to get back and be part of short-track racing because it's so big," Kahne said. "It's such a big part of all of us (drivers) in where we're at. Say you're in NASCAR or whatever series you might be in, you came from short-track racing. And to me, that's where racing's at."

Kahne said he's especially looking forward to having Busch - who has never raced at Williams Grove - in the show.

"I know that Kyle - I think we all know - Kyle enjoys racing," Kahne said. "He does whatever it takes to win races. He's aggressive, and for a race like this, it's something to come out and be a part of and show the fans that he loves short-track racing as well as I do.


And we can put on a good show and have some fun with all the racers up in that area."

And why this area?

"I enjoy that racetrack and that group of fans up there," Kahne said. "For some reason, I've always had a pretty good following up there and sprint-car racing is really big up that direction. I lived up there for about three or four months in 1999. I just enjoy sprint-car racing."

Kahne said he's comfortable in a sprint car, but he's not expecting a cakewalk.

"It's actually easy for me to get back in it and drive it and all that, but to be really competitive up front, battling for wins and that kind of stuff, that's where it's difficult," he said. "Those guys that we're racing with are the best at what they do, so it's tough to go out and beat (them). But I think we can definitely run with them and be competitive and try to win.

"I don't think I have any advantage over any of the guys there because they do it, whether they're 360 drivers or 410 drivers, like Fred Rahmer and Cody Darrah and the guys that'll be there. I enjoy racing and trying to beat those guys, but they definitely have a little advantage over me because I don't do it very often."

NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Tony Stewart, who, like Kahne, owns his own sprint-car team, will not be participating in the event.

"I wish he could, but he has an appearance scheduled on that night," Kahne said. "He actually really enjoys racing at (the Grove). He had a lot of fun last year. He's not going to be there this year, but he'll be back at some point."

The first benefit race for the Kasey Kahne Foundation was run in 2007 and raised nearly $75,000. Last year the race earned $139,000 for charitable organizations that care for chronically ill children and their families.

Advance tickets are available only at www.battleatthegrove.com through Monday. Tickets will be on sale at Williams Grove Speedway on race day.