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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 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.
Kahne has been at his best on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks and qualified for the Chase initially by winning at Atlanta. Now that the points have reset to make all Chasers equal, he could provide a great fantasy value. Sep 29 - 4:05 PM

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Kasey Kahne will race chassis No. 5-820 at Dover in the AAA 400. It has been raced four times previously this season.

Its most recent appearance on the NASCAR schedule is most likely the reason it was chosen this week. Kahne last drove this chassis at Atlanta four weeks ago and won the Oral-B 500.
Sep 27 - 10:21 AM

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.

If Kahne can survive the AAA 400 at Dover, he could get back on track in the next two races, which will be run on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks, but his Chicagoland effort ended outside the top 10, so that is not a certainty.
Sep 22 - 5:16 PM

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.

In final practice Kahne had the 13th-fastest lap and the 13th-quickest, 10-lap average, so it seems unlikely that he will be able to climb all the way into the top 10. Expect a finish in the teens and plan accordingly.
Sep 20 - 2:44 PM

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

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