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Kasey Kahne |

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

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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

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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

Sprint Cup regular Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Chevrolet SS) has the best 10-lap consecutive average speed in the Happy Hour practice for the Nationwide Series 300 at Chicagoland Speedway.

The average speed of 171.587 mph in the JR Motorsports No. 5 Chevrolet Camaro was best of the 15 cars that ran 10 consecutive laps on the track for this final practice session. No. 2 Brian Scott (171.250 mph), No. 60 Chris Buescher (171.129), No. 42 Kyle Larson (171.113), No. 11 Elliott Sadler (171.110), No. 22 Ryan Blaney (170.879), No. 54 54 Sam Hornish Jr. (170.804), No. 20 Erik Jones (170.789), No. 9 Chase Elliott (170.772) and No. 6 Trevor Bayne (169.600) are the rest of the top 10 on this list.
Jul 18 - 8:52 PM

In seven career Nationwide Series starts at Chicagoland Speedway, Kasey Kahne earned one top-five finish.

This weekend’s race in JR Motorsports' No. 5 Chevrolet Camaro marks Kahne’s first standalone Nationwide Series start since Oct. 28, 2006, at Memphis Motorsports Park. That day, he started 41st and finished ninth. Of Kahne’s eight career Nationwide Series wins, five have come on 1.5-mile tracks. He owns victories at Charlotte, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Kansas Speedway, Las Vegas and Texas. With JR Motorsports, Kahne’s average finish in four starts on 1.5-mile tracks is 4.5.-JR Motorsports
Jul 16 - 11:59 AM

All of Kasey Kahne’s seven top-10s have come in conjunction with another top-10 finish. He scored back-to-back top-10s at Las Vegas and Bristol, Talladega and Kansas, and had three such finishes in consecutive weeks at Michigan, Sonoma, and Kentucky.

If the trend continues, this makes Kahne a relatively easy driver to handicap. Fantasy players simply want to wait until he cracks the top 10 and then start him the following week. They should exercise caution when starting him for a third consecutive event, however, since he only has one three-week streak.
Jul 15 - 6:26 PM

Kasey Kahne’s 11th-place finish in the Camping World RV Sales 301 was not indicative of how he ran for most of Sunday afternoon. He spent approximately 220 laps in the top 10 and scored the ninth-best average running position of 9.125.

Sitting 17th in the standings and without a victory this season, Kahne remains outside of Chase contention. Narrow misses such as this minimizes his fantasy appeal until he is capable of stringing multiple top-10s together.
Jul 13 - 7:45 PM

Kasey Kahne was one of the top picks at New Hampshire in 2012 with a victory and another top-five. Last year, he failed to crack the top 10 in either race.

Kahne has regularly failed to achieve the same level of results or consistency as his Hendrick Motorsports teammates this year and until he begins to string top-10s together with regularity it is best to leave him off a player’s roster.
Jul 10 - 11:49 AM

Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Great Clips / Shark Week Chevrolet) has one win, three top fives, eight top 10s and an average finish of 17.0 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

He has a Driver Rating of 92.4, 10th-best; 331 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most; 948 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most; Average Green Flag Speed of 124.697 mph, seventh-fastest; 3,411 Laps in the Top 15 (63.5%), 10th-most and 487 Quality Passes,
Jul 9 - 3:32 PM