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Kasey Kahne

Team: Hendrick Motorsports-5
Age / DOB:  (36) / 4/10/1980
Ht / Wt:  5'8 / 150

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Kasey Kahne has been losing a lot of place-differential points at Daytona International Speedway; he has finished worse than he started in 12 of his last 16 attempts there.
In the past three years, he has lost 11.5 spots on average at Daytona including a 26-position loss in the 2014 Daytona 500. His last two efforts in this race, however, ended in a four-spot improvement to ninth in 2015 and a 13th-place finish from a 13th-place start last year. Feb 19 - 12:37 PM

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Kasey Kahne is riding a current four-race top-10s streak at Sonoma, giving him an average finish of 7.25 in that span of races—and that makes this his best track in the last three and four years.

Kahne has also been strong at Dover International Speedway, where he has a three-year average of 10.8. The high-banked concrete oval is his best course that hosts more than one race per year, but he has not been terribly consistent with three results of sixth or better counterbalanced by a 19th and 20th. He has been strong enough overall, however, that Rotoworld has him ranked 13th for 2017.
Jan 11 - 12:03 PM

Kasey Kahne scored back-to-back top-10s for the first time in 2016 with a seventh at Darlington Raceway and a sixth at Richmond International Raceway in September.

Those were the first of four consecutive top-10s and seven straight results of 12th or better. In fact, 13 of his last 16 races ended in top-15 finishes. It took a while for salary cap managers to catch up to his new-found strength, which made him one of the top values from August until the end of the year.
Sat, Dec 10, 2016 07:11:00 PM

Kasey Kahne has earned four top-10s in 12 Homestead-Miami Speedway starts, but none of them have come with Hendrick Motorsports.

In his two most recent starts before joining the Hendrick brigade, he earned back-to-back results of sixth and seventh after qualifying first and third respectively for Red Bull Racing. He was 21st in 2012 after getting penalized by NASCAR and losing a lap. His next two efforts were in the low-teens. Last year, he finished 19th and the good news is that he has a three-race streak of lead lap finishes.
Thu, Nov 17, 2016 02:51:00 PM

Kasey Kahne finished eighth in the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

That was his 11th top-15 finish in the last 12 races. Hendrick Motorsports turned a major corner following the Cheez-it 355 at Watkins Glen International and Kahne has been one of the best values in the game because of early season struggles. He will finish the season with another pair of top-15s.
Sun, Nov 6, 2016 11:50:00 PM

Kasey Kahne has scored three top-10s in his last four efforts on short, flat tracks in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series.

Two of these came at Richmond International Raceway, a .750-mile track that sometimes behaves like a speedway. One was earned in the Bad Boy Off Road 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Kahne finished only 22nd at Martinsville Speedway this spring, but there is plenty of reason to be hopeful because he was 11th and ninth last year. Look for a result on the cusp of 10th this week.
Thu, Oct 27, 2016 06:45:00 PM

After rebounding from what appeared to be a broken suspension part in the back of his Chevrolet, Kasey Kahne regained a lost lap and finished the Hollywood Casino 400 in 10th.

There is a mystery surrounding the rear end of the Hendrick Motorsports cars. Kahne appeared to sustain the same problem as teammate Chase Elliott on the same caution sequence. Kahne’s team repaired the issue as did Elliott’s for a brief time. Kahne maintained his lead lap standing and finished 10th, which was his 10th consecutive top-15 and his sixth top-10 in the past seven races.
Sun, Oct 16, 2016 07:50:00 PM

Kasey Kahne finished third in the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway to earn his first top-five in his last 18 starts.

Kahne has been one of the most improved drivers in recent weeks. In his last seven races, he scored four consecutive top-10s and has not finished worse than 14th. He kept his top-15 streak alive and will be one of the best values next week at Kansas Speedway.
Sun, Oct 9, 2016 04:41:00 PM

Kasey Kahne posted the quickest 10-lap average in the first practice session for the Bank of America 500. His top speed of 188.561 mph was set during his first 10 laps on track.

Kahne has been the most improved driver in the field since Watkins Glen International. In seven races, he has swept the top 15 and scored three top-10s—making him one of the best overall values. If a player cannot afford Chase Elliott and is wary of Jimmie Johnson, Kahne is a great cap consideration option.
Thu, Oct 6, 2016 07:13:00 PM

Kasey Kahne finished ninth in the Bad Boy Off Road 300 at New Hampshire to become the top finishing non-Chase driver of the weekend.

Most importantly, this was his fourth consecutive top-10. He has not accomplished that feat since spring 2013. If he can add another next week, it will be his first such streak since the first year he raced for Hendrick Motorsports in 2012. Kahne is not only a solid dark horse, but his surge proves how far this organization has come in the past several weeks and it makes Jimmie Johnson and Chase Elliott better values overall.
Sun, Sep 25, 2016 08:02:00 PM

Kasey Kahne posted the fastest single lap in final practice for the Bad Boy Off Road 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway among non-playoff contenders. His speed of 132.489 mph was good enough for third on that chart.

Kahne has been resurgent in recent weeks with three consecutive top-10s. He should challenge for another finish in that range this week as Hendrick Motorsports finally seems to have regained their overall strength.
Sat, Sep 24, 2016 12:29:00 PM

For much of the second half of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400, Kasey Kahne was part of a Hendrick Motorsports sweep of the top 10. He kept his position through the checkers and finished seventh in Chicagoland Speedway after starting 19th.

This is Kahne’s third straight result of sixth or seventh. He finished seventh at Darlington Raceway and sixth at Richmond International Raceway—so fantasy owners are slowly beginning to trust the team. Kahne was one of three drivers outside Chase consideration who finished in the top 10 and that made him a good value.
Sun, Sep 18, 2016 08:14:00 PM

Kasey Kahne posted the fastest lap among non-Chase contenders. His top speed of 185.039 mph was good enough for sixth on the speed chart, placing him directly behind Martin Truex Jr.

Kahne did not make a 10-lap run in that session, so this is his only indicator. There is not enough data yet to make him a favorite, but he should be considered a solid dark horse.
Sat, Sep 17, 2016 01:53:00 PM

Kasey Kahne made a determined effort at Richmond International Raceway and finished sixth in the Federated Auto Parts 400. Unfortunately, he failed to earn enough points to advance into the 2016 Chase for the Championship and finished two positions behind the cutline.

Kahne was in a must-win situation and while that was a long shot, he employed the best strategy available. He was overwhelmed by several stronger teams, but has come on strong in recent races and could play the role of spoiler during the Chase.
Sun, Sep 11, 2016 12:26:00 AM

Kasey Kahne was seventh in the Bojangles' Southern 500, which was his best finish in a NASCAR Cup race since he was sixth in the June Axalta 400 at Pocono Raceway.

Perhaps more importantly for his future, he was the top scoring Hendrick Motorsports driver for the first time in a long while. Teammate Chase Elliott scored a top-10, three spots behind him and Jeff Gordon was in the top 15. Kahne enters Richmond International Raceway next week in desperate need of a victory to make the Chase, however.
Mon, Sep 5, 2016 12:07:00 AM