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.
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.
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.
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.
Kasey Kahne will race chassis No. 5-809. This is the same car he drove to an eighth-place finish at Bristol in spring.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At Pocono, Kasey Kahne finished 10th in the GoBowling.com 400 and climbed to within one point of the current Chase cutoff.
Kasey Kahne is still seeking his first victory of the season, which would essentially lock him into the Chase.
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.
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.