CHASE STANDINGS: Kasey Kahne finished 13th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Dover (Del.) International Speedway on Sept. 29. With the result, Kahne remains 13th in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings.
SEASON-TO-DATE: In the first 29 Sprint Cup Series races this season, Kahne ranks first in fastest laps run (688), and the fastest speed in traffic (6.517 average ranking). He notably ranks third-best in green-flag speed (6.762 average ranking) and fastest drivers early in a run (7.190). His 97.5 driver rating is fourth-best as are his 497 laps led. Kahne’s average start this season is 10.8, and his average finish is 16.6.
KANSAS POLE WINNER: Kahne has three pole positions at Kansas, including one in this race a year ago, which temporarily set a track record. Kahne’s three pole positions at Kansas rank tied for first all-time with Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson at the 1.5-mile oval.
KAHNE AT KANSAS: In 12 Sprint Cup Series starts at Kansas, Kahne has earned three pole positions, three top-five finishes, six top-10s and has led a total of 78 laps there. Kahne has qualified in the top 10 in eight of his 12 races there. Most recently, he crossed the finish line second at Kansas in April and scored a fourth-place result in this race one year ago. Kahne, Martin Truex Jr. and Ryan Newman are tied for the most runner-up finishes at Kansas with two each.
KANSAS LOOP DATA: According to NASCAR loop data during the last 11 Sprint Cup Series races at Kansas, Kahne ranks fifth in green-flag passes (795), fifth in fastest laps run (133), eighth in fastest drivers early in a run (166.429 mph), eighth in speed in traffic (163.762 mph) and ninth in laps in the top 15 (1,863). Kahne also ranks 10th in the following categories: green-flag speed (164.559 mph), driver rating (91.9) and quality passes (378).
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 168 starts on tracks one-to-two miles in length, he has posted 39 top-five finishes and 67 top-10s.
KANSAS CHASSIS CHOICE: Crew chief Kenny Francis has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-820 for Sunday’s race at Kansas. This is a brand new car. However, Kahne will test this new chassis at Kansas on Thursday, Oct. 3 with his Hendrick Motorsports teammates in preparation for this weekend’s race at the 1.5-mile track. Sunday’s event marks the fourth race of the Chase.
KANSAS LOCALS: Two members of the No. 5 Chevrolet SS team hail from the Kansas City area. Rear-tire changer Kip Wolfmeier was raised in Kingdom City, Mo., and raced dirt modifieds growing up. He started working at Hendrick Motorsports in 2007 and also works as a mechanic in the Nos. 5 and 24 shop during the week. Rear-tire carrier Ben Fischbeck grew up in Waynesville, Mo., where he raced street stock cars and late models across the midwest. At the end of 2001, Fischbeck started working at Hendrick Motorsports, and currently serves as a fabricator in the Nos. 5 and 24 shop during the week.
HENDRICK AT KANSAS: With four victories at Kansas, Hendrick Motorsports ranks tied for first among teams all-time at the 1.5-mile speedway. Johnson and Jeff Gordon each have two victories at Kansas to rank tied for first all-time with three other competitors. Gordon ranks first with eight top-five finishes, while Johnson ranks first with 12 top-10s and 556 laps led at Kansas.
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 Matt Kenseth if he wins this weekend at Kansas. Gordon also ranks first in career top-five results with 52, while Johnson has the second-most with 43 top-five finishes. The Hendrick Motorsports teammates rank one-two in top-10 results as well – Gordon is first with 71, and Johnson has 69.
1.5-MILE POLE: Johnson ranks third all-time and second among active drivers with 12 pole positions at 1.5-mile tracks. The driver of the No. 48 Chevrolet SS needs one more pole to catch Newman, who leads active drivers with 13.