TEXAS RECAP: Most recently, Kasey Kahne finished 11th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway on April 13 to record his fifth straight top-11 result of the 2013 season. Kahne now ranks seventh in the driver standings and trails leader and teammate Jimmie Johnson by 37 points.
FARMERS 85TH ANNIVERSARY: Kahne, 33, will drive the specially painted No. 5 Farmers Insurance 85th Anniversary Chevrolet SS this weekend at Kansas Speedway to celebrate the company’s 85th Anniversary and pay tribute to the very first Farmers insured automobile – a 1925 Cadillac Phaeton.
SEASON-TO-DATE: In the first seven races this season, Kahne ranks second among Cup drivers with a 7.0 average starting position and 192 of the fastest laps posted, as well as a second-place average ranking of 4.833 for green-flag speed. He also ranks fourth in driver rating (103.3), fourth in laps in top 15 (1,928) and fourth in laps led (223).
RECENT KANSAS POLE WINNER: Kahne set a track record and won the pole award at Kansas in October 2012 after making a qualifying lap in 28.219 seconds at roughly 191.360 mph. Kahne’s three pole positions at Kansas rank tied for first all-time with Johnson there.
KAHNE AT KANSAS: In 11 Sprint Cup starts at Kansas Speedway, Kahne has earned three pole positions, two top-five finishes, five top-10s and has led a total of 78 laps there. Kahne has qualified in the top 10 in eight of his 11 races there. Most recently, he crossed the finish line fourth at Kansas in October 2012 and scored an eighth-place result in this race one year ago.
KANSAS LOOP DATA: According to NASCAR loop data during the last 10 Sprint Cup Series races at Kansas, Kahne ranks fourth in green-flag passes (725), seventh in fastest laps run (108), 10th in fastest drivers early in a run (165.058 mph), 10th in fastest drivers late in a run (162.127 mph), 10th in green-flag speed (163.230 mph), 10th in laps in the top 15 (1,651) and 10th in speed in traffic (162.438 mph).
1.5-MILE SUCCESS: 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. Specifically at 1.5-mile racetracks, there are only eight active drivers who have more career wins than Kahne, who has five.
CHASSIS CHOICE: Crew chief Kenny Francis will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-793 for Sunday’s event at Kansas. This is a new chassis that has not been raced.
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 two other competitors. Gordon ranks first with eight top-five finishes, while Johnson ranks first with 11 top-10s and 547 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 third with 11. Gordon can catch second-place Tony Stewart 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 41 top-five finishes. The Hendrick Motorsports teammates rank one-two in top-10 results as well – Gordon is first with 69, and Johnson has 66.
1.5-MILE POLE: With one more pole position, Johnson can catch Ryan Newman to rank tied for second on the all-time list and first among active drivers. Johnson currently is ranked third all-time and second among active drivers with 12 poles at 1.5-mile tracks.
KASEY KAHNE, DRIVER, NO. 5 FARMERS INSURANCE 85TH ANNIVERSARY CHEVROLET SS (ON HIS EXPECTATIONS THIS SEASON.): “It’s our second year at Hendrick Motorsports, and Kenny (Francis) and the No. 5 team continue to work hard. We can be consistent, and we’ve already proven that we can win races and if you make the Chase (for the NASCAR Sprint Cup) and play it right in those final 10, you definitely have a shot to win the championship. I think the way Hendrick Motorsports operates as a team, and the way our engines run, the No. 5 Chevy will continue to be strong all season long.”