CHASE STANDINGS: Kasey Kahne finished 37th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sept. 22 after getting caught up in a late-race incident on-track. He now ranks 13th in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings.
SEASON-TO-DATE: In the first 28 Sprint Cup races this season, Kahne ranks first in fastest laps run (685) and the fastest speed in traffic (6.143 average ranking). He notably ranks second-best in fastest drivers early in a run (6.850) and fastest drivers late in a run (7.9) categories, while he holds third in green-flag speed (6.250). His 98.2 driver rating is fourth-best as are his 497 laps led. Kahne’s average start this season is 10.5, and his average finish is 16.8.
KAHNE AT DOVER: Kahne, driver of the No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet SS, has one top-five finish, five top-10s and has led 90 laps in 19 Sprint Cup starts at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. He earned his best finish of fourth at the track in October 2011. Kahne has eight starts inside the top 10 at the one-mile concrete oval.
DOVER LOOP DATA: In the last 17 races at Dover, Kahne has run 293 fastest laps, ranking him seventh according to NASCAR loop data. Also, he ranks ninth for green-flag passes with 695.
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 167 starts on tracks one-to-two miles in length, he has posted 39 top-five finishes and 67 top-10s.
DOVER CHASSIS CHOICE: Crew chief Kenny Francis has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-769 for Sunday’s Dover race. Kahne has raced this car six times this season, notably reaching Victory Lane at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway on March 17. During those six starts, he has averaged a 5.67 starting spot on the strength of outside pole positions at Phoenix and Bristol and a fourth-place start at Richmond, Va. Kahne also lined up eighth in this car on July 14 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Most recently, he finished second driving this car at Bristol in August.
HENDRICK AT DOVER: In 59 Cup events (187 starts) at Dover, Hendrick Motorsports has 14 wins, 48 top-five finishes and 81 top-10s. Jimmie Johnson, who won most recently at the one-mile oval for Hendrick Motorsports in June 2012, has seven career wins at Dover and ranks tied for first all-time at the track with Hall of Famers Bobby Allison and Richard Petty. Jeff Gordon has contributed another four wins to Hendrick Motorsports’ total.
LAP LEADERS AT DOVER: Johnson leads active drivers with 2,461 laps led at Dover, and Gordon ranks second with 2,292 going into Sunday’s Sprint Cup event. With 400 scheduled laps for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup event, Johnson would need to lead 341 laps to pass Dover’s all-time lap leader and Hall of Famer Bobby Allison (2,801 laps led).
KASEY KAHNE, DRIVER, NO. 5 FARMERS INSURANCE CHEVROLET SS (ON HOW RUNNING HELPS WITH HIS CHASE SCHEDULE.): “I’d say I’ve actually run about the same amount during the Chase. The nice thing about running is you can do it anywhere. I’m able to still get out there, get a good sweat in and get some miles in each day. I feel good about that. I really think it helps for the Chase (for the NASCAR Sprint Cup) because I feel better at the end of the season. When it’s all said and done, I still feel motivated, not completely drained and worn out. I remember the first couple years I was in the (NASCAR Sprint) Cup Series, by the time we got to Homestead (Fla.) at the end of the year, I was so happy for the season to be over. Probably the last two years really, I’ve been wishing it went a couple more races. I think a lot of that has to do with running and the physical work that I put in each year.”