ROANOKE, Va. -

Kasey Kahne is in NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup, but before the veteran driver turns his first lap in the Chase, he took a Sprint Cup car through downtown Roanoke on Thursday.

It was part of a nationwide kickoff celebrating the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Kahne drove down Jefferson Street, across Campbell Avenue, and onto the City Market.

Several race fans went down to the Market to see Kahne. Mayor David Bowers read a proclamation and gave the driver a gold star.

We'll have more on today's event tonight on WDBJ7.

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Kasey Kahne is in NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup, but before the veteran driver turns his first lap in the Chase, he will wheel a Sprint Cup car through downtown Roanoke.

As part of a nationwide kickoff celebrating the Chase for the Sprint Cup, Kahne will appear in Roanoke Wednesday and drive a Sprint Cup car down Jefferson Street, across Campbell Avenue and onto the Historic Roanoke City Market where he will be met by the Patrick Henry High School marching band, cheerleaders and a crowd of fans. The excitement begins at 11 a.m.

After driving the Sprint Cup car onto the Historic Roanoke City Market Wednesday, Kahne will be greeted on a stage in front of Center In The Square by Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell, Roanoke City Mayor David Bowers, and Jaclyn Roney, Miss Sprint Cup. He will accept a proclamation from Bowers, address the crowd and conduct a question-and-answer session with the fans.

The event is presented by Martinsville Speedway, which hosts the seventh race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup, the Goody’sHeadache Relief Shot 500 Powered by Kroger on October 27.

Kahne is seeded 11th in the 12-driver Chase field. The 10-year Sprint Cup veteran nailed down one of two wildcard spots in the Chase by virtue of his two victories in 2013.

The first 10 spots in the Chase field were awarded to the top 10 drivers in the point standings after Saturday night’s race.

The final two positions went to the two drivers with the most victories on the year that weren’t among the top 10 in points.

Kahne, who finished 14th in Saturday night’s race, believes his team has what it takes to win his first Sprint Cup championship.

Tickets for the Goody’sHeadache Relief Shot™ 500 Powered by Kroger are available in all areas of the grandstands. Advance tickets start at just $37 and will be on sale at the Center In The Square box office Wednesday in Roanoke.

Advance tickets for the Kroger 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday, Oct. 26 are just $30 with youth 12 and under admitted free. Tickets for Pole Day, Friday, Oct. 25, are $15. To purchase tickets for the Goody’sHeadache Relief Shot 500 Powered by Kroger weekend, call  877.RACE.TIX  or click here.