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Team: Hendrick Motorsports-5
Age / DOB:  (34) / 4/10/1980
Ht / Wt:  5'8 / 150

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Kasey Kahne posted the fastest time among the Chase contenders in Saturday morning’s practice session with a lap of 187.780 mph.
That was 15/100ths of a second slower than Paul Menard, but only 1/100ths faster than fellow Chaser Kevin Harvick. The 400 will feature two battles and the most important one to win for the Chasers is to outpace at least 12 or the 16 contenders. Sep 13 - 11:59 AM

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Kasey Kahne is happy that he locked the No. 5 team into the Chase last week, because his recent record at Richmond has not been particularly strong. Racing for Hendrick Motorsports, he has earned only one top-10 in five starts there.

Kahne qualified 21st for the Federated Auto Parts 400 and that continued a pattern of struggling in time trials during the fall. His race results have remained relatively consistent, however, and he should be expected to finish in the low teens Saturday night.
Sep 5 - 9:18 PM

Kasey Kahne had the best restart of his season during the second green-white-checkered attempt and swept past Matt Kenseth on the next-to-last lap. He held on to win the Oral-B USA 500 by 0.574 seconds and locked himself into the Chase.

That puts all four Hendrick Motorsports drivers in the Chase for the Championship with one regular season race remaining. Kahne has had an up-and-down year, which has occasionally made him a questionable fantasy value, but this will undoubtedly generate a lot of momentum for the next couple of races.
Sep 1 - 12:03 AM

Kasey Kahne will race chassis 5-820 in Sunday night’s Oral-B USA 500. It has been raced three times so far this year.

This car was raced most recently at Kentucky where it finished eighth. Kahne was not so lucky at Auto Club where he finished 41st, but he lost more than 25 laps attending to a broken rear end.
Aug 30 - 1:24 PM

Kasey Kahne won his second Atlanta race in fall 2009 and that was part of a three-race, top-10 streak there. His last four efforts have all ended well outside the top 20, however, with an average finish of 31.2.

Three of these four races were marred by crash damage, but he also finished two laps off the pace in 2012 without extenuating circumstances. Kahne needs a victory in order to secure a Chase spot, but it would be a long shot for him to earn it in the Oral-B USA 500.
Aug 27 - 4:50 PM

Kasey Kahne will race chassis No. 5-809. This is the same car he drove to an eighth-place finish at Bristol in spring.

Kahne also drove this chassis at Dover in June and it did not fare nearly as well. He finished 19th after starting mid-pack in 17th.
Aug 22 - 12:07 PM

Kasey Kahne is still searching for the elusive victory that will ensure his spot among the 2014 Chasers and Bristol is a good place for that to come. He won the spring 2013 race there, finished second in the fall, and has an active four-race, top-10 streak.

Kahne’s performance has been uniformly lagging behind the other Hendrick Motorsports drivers and that has seemed to make him a bad value by comparison. While he is not front-of-mind for many players, he could be one of this week’s top sleepers and help win one’s league.
Aug 18 - 5:04 PM

Kasey Kahne will race chassis No. 5-888 at Michigan International Speedway. It enters the weekend with a two-race top-10 streak after finishing sixth at Indy and 10th at Pocono.

Kahne desperately needs a win to clinch a spot in the Chase and Michigan has been kind to Hendrick Motorsports in recent seasons.
Aug 16 - 8:50 AM

Michigan may be one of Kasey Kahne’s best shots to win a regular season race and clinch a Chase berth. He finished fifth there in the spring and won the 2006 3M Performance 400 from the pole.

Hendrick Motorsports has dominated unrestricted, intermediate speedways in the middle stages of 2014 and Kahne will have another good opportunity two weeks from now at Atlanta. The full force of the organization will be behind getting him into the Chase this week, which will make him a great fantasy value.
Aug 13 - 8:13 AM

Kasey Kahne will race chassis 5-876 in the Cheez-it 355k at the Glen. This is the same chassis he drove to a sixth-place finish at Sonoma this June.

Kahne has been better at Sonoma than the Glen in recent seasons, however, and even with this proven chassis he remains simply a driver to watch this weekend.
Aug 9 - 1:49 PM

Kasey Kahne finished sixth in the Toyota / Save Mart 350k at Sonoma Raceway, but he has traditionally struggled at Watkins Glen International. He has never cracked the top 10 on this track, with a best of 13th.

Sonoma and Watkins Glen are distinctly different tracks and a few drivers can tell the difference. Kahne is one of these drivers and should be avoided this week despite his strong run in California.
Aug 6 - 11:26 AM

At Pocono, Kasey Kahne finished 10th in the 400 and climbed to within one point of the current Chase cutoff.

Kahne is in the same position as Greg Biffle, Kyle Larson, and Austin Dillon. These drivers need to have strong runs and a win would be ideal, but they cannot afford to adopt risky strategies in the next five race. That philosophy will make them good values on tracks where they have solid histories.
Aug 4 - 8:55 AM

Kasey Kahne is still seeking his first victory of the season, which would essentially lock him into the Chase.

Last week Kahne led the most laps in the Brickyard 400 and these two courses are among the most comparable on the circuit, so this is perhaps his best opportunity to find Victory Lane. With Michigan and Atlanta still to come before the Chase begins, he still has a couple of other strong tracks ahead.
Jul 30 - 9:58 AM

Kasey Kahne needed to stretch his fuel mileage and get a great restart if he wanted to win the Brickyard 400. He accomplished one of those feats by getting to the checkers in sixth, but he failed to hold off a determined Jeff Gordon on a restart with 16 laps remaining.

With his strong finish, Kahne gained two positions in the standings. He currently sits 15th in the points, but is not currently in Chase contention. He needs to make up for points on Austin Dillon or win a race. Next week the series returns to the site of his most recent win; Kahne won last year’s 400 at Pocono and should run well again this season. Fantasy owners should note, however, this was Kahne’s first top-10 on a flat track in 2014.
Jul 27 - 6:31 PM

Kasey Kahne’s overall results at Indianapolis Motor Speedway have been consistently in the high single digits or teens, but he is capable of rattling off a top-five when the circumstances are perfect. He finished third in this race last year.

That was the culmination of a three-year streak in which he finished better in each successive race. His worst result in the past six years was an 18th in 2011 but that is countered by last year’s third. Since 2008 his average finish on the famed 2.5-mile oval is 10th, which will garner a lot of attention this week. Odds are good that he will stand up well to the scrutiny.
Jul 21 - 4:51 PM