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Kasey Kahne: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series – Charlotte Preview

NEWS & NOTES

CHASE STANDINGS: Most recently, Kasey Kahne finished 15th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Kansas Speedway on Oct. 6. With the result, Kahne remains 13th in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings and trails leader Matt Kenseth by 83 points with six races remaining in the 2013 season.

SEASON-TO-DATE: In the first 30 Sprint Cup Series races this season, Kahne ranks first in fastest laps run (688), and the fastest speed in traffic (6.733 average ranking). He ranks third-best in green-flag speed (7.091 average ranking) and fourth-best in driver rating (97.0) and laps led (497). Kahne’s average start this season is 10.9, and his average finish is 16.6.

QUAKER STATE: This weekend at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway will mark the fourth and final time Quaker State will adorn the hood of Kahne’s No. 5 Chevrolet SS this season.

CHARLOTTE WINNER: Kahne recorded his first win for Hendrick Motorsports in Charlotte’s 600-mile event in May 2012 after leading 96 laps and establishing a 4.295-second margin of victory. The win happened in his milestone 300th Sprint Cup start. In 19 Sprint Cup starts at the 1.5-mile track, Kahne has posted four wins, eight top-five finishes, 11 top-10s and led a total of 968 laps. Kahne has one win in the fall Charlotte event, which happened in 2006.

KAHNE AT CHARLOTTE: Nearly every statistical category at Charlotte ranks as a personal best for Kahne, who has competed in 19 Cup events at the 1.5-mile oval. Kahne’s four wins and 11 top-10s are personal bests as well as his eight top-five finishes. Kahne has completed 97 percent of the laps he has attempted at Charlotte and has led a personal best 968 laps at the track. His 11.9 average finish at Charlotte ranks as his second-best among active tracks.

CHARLOTTE DRIVER RATING: Kahne’s average driver rating during the last 17 points-paying events at Charlotte ranks him third with a score of 100.5. The driver rating is a formula that combines wins, top-15 finishes, average running position while on the lead lap, average speed under green, fastest lap, most laps led and lead-lap finishes. The maximum a driver can earn in each race is 150 points. The driver rating number is used pre-race as a prediction tool and post-race as a performance evaluator.

CHARLOTTE LOOP DATA: In the last 17 points-paying events at Charlotte, Kahne ranks first for fastest laps run with 593 and second for laps led (756). He ranks third in the following categories: green flag passes (1,384), average running position (11.811), fastest drivers early in a run (178.008 mph), speed in traffic (175.081 mph) and green flag speed (176.096 mph). During the same period, he also ranks fourth in laps in top 15 (4,129), fourth in fastest on restarts (170.150 mph) and fifth in quality passes (782).

INTERMEDIATE STATS: Kahne has collected nine of his 16 career Cup wins and 15 of his 26 pole positions on tracks one-to-two miles in length. In 169 starts on tracks one-to-two miles in length, he has posted 39 top-five finishes and 67 top-10s.

CHARLOTTE CHASSIS CHOICE: Crew chief Kenny Francis has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-779 for Saturday night’s race at Charlotte. Kahne has driven this car five times this season. He notably led 66 laps in this car and won at Pocono Raceway in August. He also led 114 laps in this chassis in March en route to a runner-up result at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and later scored an 11th-place finish one month later at Texas Motor Speedway.

HENDRICK AT CHARLOTTE: In 59 events (199 starts) at Charlotte, Hendrick Motorsports has 17 wins, which ranks first all-time among teams at the 1.5-mile oval. Kahne most recently won the 600-mile event there in May 2012 and has four career victories at Charlotte. His Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jimmie Johnson (six victories) and Jeff Gordon (five) rank first and second, respectively, among active drivers in wins at the 1.5-mile track. Hendrick Motorsports has 52 top-five finishes and 81 top-10s and has led 4,146 laps at Charlotte since 1984.

ALL-TIME TIE: Johnson, winner of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, needs one more Cup victory at Charlotte to break a three-way tie for first all time with NASCAR Hall of Famers Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip. Johnson recently captured the all-time wins record at Dover (Del.) International Speedway and leads at three other tracks on the Cup circuit: Phoenix International Raceway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the two-mile oval in Fontana, Calif.

TEAM STATS: Hendrick Motorsports’ 17 victories at Charlotte rank second for the organization behind Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, where it has recorded a team-best 20 wins. Its 15 pole positions at Charlotte trail only Martinsville (17 poles) and Richmond (Va.) International Raceway (17) for first overall.

ALL-TIME AT 1.5-MILERS: Johnson and Gordon rank best among drivers all-time in several categories at 1.5-mile racetracks. Johnson leads drivers with 14 career victories at 1.5-mile racetracks, while Gordon ranks fourth with 11. Gordon can catch second-place drivers Tony Stewart and Kenseth if he wins this weekend at Charlotte. Gordon also ranks first in career top-five results with 53, while Johnson has the second-most with 43. The Hendrick Motorsports teammates rank one-two in top-10 results as well – Gordon is first with 72, and Johnson has 70.

QUOTES

KASEY KAHNE, DRIVER, NO. 5 QUAKER STATE CHEVROLET SS (ON THE TEAM’S STRENGTH AT CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY.): “Looking at the remaining races on the schedule this season, there are a couple tracks that we’ve been able to run up front at every time we go to them. Charlotte is one of them so I’m looking forward to this weekend. I think it’s a track we can definitely run well at so I’m just focused on trying to get back on track and finishing up the season strong. We’ll do what we can to finish off our year on a high note, and hopefully we can get a win or two at some of our best racetracks.”

KAHNE (ON HIS FOUNDATION’S FOURTH ANNUAL 5K THIS SUNDAY.): “I’m looking forward to having our fourth annual Five Kahne 5K in Charlotte (N.C.) this Sunday. It starts at the (NASCAR) Hall of Fame and ends there. It’s been growing each year so it’s been cool to watch it grow. It’s fun getting to see all the people come out and really enjoy themselves, get a good run in in the morning and just hang out after. We have Great Clips there cutting hair as well as different prizes that we’ll be giving out.  There’s also a kids race after the 5K so it’s just a cool day in general. I enjoy it, and I hope a lot of people come out and enjoy it again. It’s going to be a good time.”

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