As one of the four drivers currently below the elimination bubble to qualify for the Eliminator round, Kasey Kahne needs a solid performance at Charlotte. He qualified 19th for Saturday night’s race, which places him immediately behind Brad Keselowski and in front of teammate Jimmie Johnson—two of the other three drivers who finished badly last week at Kansas.
Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. saw their days end in accidents. Jeff Gordon lost the chance to finish in the top five after scraping the wall, and Kasey Kahne completed the Hendrick Motorsports sweep when he slammed the SAFER barrier on a late-race restart.
Kasey Kahne is riding an 11-race streak of top-15s on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks. He finished 12th in last year’s Geico 400 at Chicagoland and has not slowed down since.
Kasey Kahne had one of the fastest cars early in the AAA 400, but a loose wheel forced him to pit out of sequence. At one point during the race, he was four laps behind the leaders, but he managed to climb back to 20th in the rundown and advance to the Contender round.
Kasey Kahne will race chassis No. 5-820 at Dover in the AAA 400. It has been raced four times previously this season.
Kasey Kahne’s Atlanta Oral-B 500 victory is beginning to look more like a distant memory with each passing race. He finished 23rd in the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire and slipped to 11th in the Chase rankings. Only 12 drivers will advance to the second round after Dover.
Kasey Kahne is still looking for his first short, flat track top-10 of the season at New Hampshire; his best effort on this track type to date has been a pair of 11ths at Phoenix and in New Hampshire’s first race.
Kasey Kahne posted the fastest time among the Chase contenders in Saturday morning’s practice session with a lap of 187.780 mph.
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.