CHARLOTTE RECAP: Most recently, Kasey Kahne led 161 laps and finished second in the 600-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway on May 26. Kahne has a series-leading three runner-up results in the first 12 events of season. He now ranks fifth in the driver standings and trails leader and teammate Jimmie Johnson by 75 points.
SEASON-TO-DATE: In the first 12 races this season, Kahne ranks first with 374 of the fastest laps run, and he ranks second in green-flag speed with an average ranking of 4.9. Kahne’s 102.9 driver rating is fourth-best as are his 384 laps led. The driver of the No. 5 Chevrolet SS has scored six top-10 results in the last 10 Sprint Cup races. His average start in 12 starts is 8.3, and his average finish is 13.8.
KAHNE AT DOVER: Kahne, driver of the No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet SS, has one top-five finish, five top-10s and has led 88 laps in 18 Sprint Cup starts at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. He earned his best finish of fourth at the track in October 2011 and crossed the line ninth in this race a year ago. Kahne has eight starts inside the top 10 at the one-mile concrete oval.
DOVER LOOP DATA: In the last 16 races at Dover, Kahne has run 242 fastest laps, ranking him seventh according to NASCAR loop data. Also, he is tied for sixth with Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth for green-flag passes with 651.
INTERMEDIATE STATS: Kahne has collected nine of his 15 career Cup wins and 15 of his 26 pole positions on tracks one-to-two miles in length. In 161 starts on tracks one-to-two miles in length, he has posted 39 top-five finishes and 67 top-10s.
CHASSIS CHOICE: Crew chief Kenny Francis will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-769 for Sunday’s race at Dover. Kahne has raced this car three times this season, notably reaching Victory Lane at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway on March 17. During those three starts, he has tallied outside pole positions at Phoenix and Bristol, while starting fourth at Richmond, Va.
DOVER DOUBLE: In addition to his duties behind the wheel of the No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet SS this weekend, Kahne will pilot JR Motorsports’ No. 5 Chevrolet in the 200-mile NASCAR event on Saturday.
HENDRICK AT DOVER: In 58 Cup events (183 starts) at Dover, Hendrick Motorsports has 14 wins, 47 top-five finishes and 79 top-10s. Johnson, who won most recently at the one-mile oval 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 2,318 laps led at Dover, and Gordon trails his teammate by 26 laps going into Sunday’s Sprint Cup event. Most recently, Johnson led 43 laps during the September 2012 event to eclipse Gordon.
KASEY KAHNE, DRIVER, NO. 5 FARMERS INSURANCE CHEVROLET SS (ON WHY HE’S A NASCAR DRIVER.) “Our sport is very competitive. Something I definitely want to shoot for is winning races and ultimately winning a championship. That’s why we do it. That’s why Kenny Francis (crew chief) does it and our entire team — it’s the effort we put in to make that happen. I definitely feel like this is my best shot yet just with the team, Mr. (Rick) Hendrick (team owner) and what he’s done for me, being prepared, having great sponsorship on the car and knowing all the people now and knowing the systems at Hendrick Motorsports.”