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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 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. Sep 25 - 8:02 PM

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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.
Sep 24 - 12:29 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.
Sep 18 - 8:14 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.
Sep 17 - 1:53 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.
Sep 11 - 12:26 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.
Sep 5 - 12:07 AM

Kasey Kahne suffered a garage mishap at Darlington Raceway before the Bojangles' Southern 500. His Chevrolet fell off the jack onto a tire in final practice and severely dented the left side of his car.

The team will have a lot of work to do overnight, but the damage should not limit his track time.
Sep 3 - 2:06 PM

Kasey Kahne has scored six top-10s this season, but the last of these came in late June on the road course of Sonoma Raceway. He finished ninth that afternoon after starting 10th.

Kahne has been difficult to predict and even more difficult to place-and-hold. None of his top-10s came in consecutive races. In the last six attempts that failed to produce another top-10, he has two top-15s which have also failed to come in successive weekends.
Aug 8 - 6:56 PM

Kasey Kahne and Jeff Gordon will join Jimmie Johnson in the back half of the pack on Sunday at Pocono Raceway for the Pennsylvania 400. Kahne posted a lap of 175.901 mph and will roll off the grid 23rd; Gordon starts 24th with a lap of 175.706. Johnson starts just outside the top 20 in 21st.

Hendrick Motorsports is struggling across the board in recent weeks. If they are going to turn their season around anyplace, Pocono is a great place to do so. Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Chase Elliott ran well here in June and Hendrick is the winningest team in track history.
Jul 30 - 11:51 AM

Kasey Kahne posted a lap of 183.109 mph and failed to advance to the second round of qualification. He will line up 26th on Sunday in the Crown Royal Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard.

Kahne was pessimistic about his chances of getting through the field in dirty air and mentioned how well he thought his teammates would be. That is not a glowing recommendation for starting him on Sunday.
Jul 23 - 2:25 PM

Kasey Kahne became the second casualty of Kentucky Speedway practice on the newly repaved and reconfigured surface. He slapped the wall much harder than Brad Keselowski, but the team will attempt to fix the car and stay with the primary.

The damage to the right rear is fairly extensive and Kahne is going to miss quite a bit of practice. This is notable because of the new surface and will make him less attractive for fantasy players.
Jul 7 - 3:03 PM

Kasey Kahne finished ninth in the Toyota / Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway, which was his fourth consecutive top-10 on this track.

File that result away for next year, but do not let it affect your pick at Watkins Glen International. Kahne has never cracked the top 10 on that track in 12 starts. His best result on NASCAR’s other road course was a 12th.
Jun 26 - 8:21 PM

Kasey Kahne’s first five races with Hendrick Motorsports at Michigan International Speedway showcased a lot of inconsistency but some solid run. He finished in the 30s twice, top-fives twice, and seventh once. He lost his strength in the past three races, but gained consistency.

Kahne has finished either 15th or 16th in his last three attempts on this track. That makes him a difficult pick for the
Jun 9 - 12:42 AM

Kasey Kahne was hit with a penalty from NASCAR early in the Axalta We Paint Winners 400 at Pocono, but rebounded to finish sixth at Pocono Raceway after starting among the top 12 in 11th. He was one of three Hendrick Motorsports drivers to finish in the top 10.

Kahne is still looking for his first back-to-back top-10s of the season, but he has run well in the past three weeks. A tire problem at Charlotte Motor Speedway kept him from finishing on the lead lap, but he was fourth at Dover International Speedway in the AAA 400.
Jun 6 - 6:15 PM

Kasey Kahne has earned four top-10s this season. His last two successes were fourth-place finishes at Richmond International Raceway and again last week at Dover International Speedway.

Before fantasy owners form a bandwagon, however, it should be noted that Kahne has not yet earned back-to-back top-15s this season. He has come close on a few occasions, however, with a three-race streak of results 17th or better in April and he finished 16th before last week’s AAA 400 top-five.
May 24 - 2:58 PM