CHASE STANDINGS: Most recently, Kasey Kahne finished 36th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway on Oct. 20. Kahne remains 13th in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings and trails 10th-place driver Carl Edwards by 33 points with four races remaining in the 2013 season.
SEASON-TO-DATE: In the first 32 Sprint Cup Series races this season, Kahne ranks first in fastest laps run (760), and the fastest speed in traffic (7.438 average ranking). He ranks third-best in green-flag speed (8.000 average ranking). Kahne ranks fourth-best in fastest drivers early in a run (8.500) and laps led (636). He also ranks fifth in driver rating (96.3), sixth in fastest drivers late in a run (9.458) and sixth in laps in top 15 (6,605). Kahne’s average start this season is 11.3, and his average finish is 16.7.
KAHNE AT MARTINSVILLE: In 19 Cup starts at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, Kahne has recorded three top-five finishes and four top-10s. He scored his best result at the short track in April 2005 when he rallied from a 35th-place starting spot to finish second. The driver of the No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet SS scored the pole position at the half-mile oval in April 2012 and has qualified sixth or better seven times at the Virginia short track. In this race a year ago, Kahne led 12 laps and scored a third-place finish at Martinsville in October 2012. Most recently at the paperclip oval, he started fifth and finished fourth.
MARTINSVILLE LOOP DATA: According to NASCAR loop data during the last 17 Sprint Cup Series races at Martinsville, Kahne ranks fifth in the closers category with 27 positions improved in the last 10 percent of laps in each race. He also ranks eighth in fastest laps run (229) and ninth in fastest drivers late in a run (90.179 mph).
SHORT TRACK STATS: In 59 starts on tracks less than one mile in length, Kahne has three pole positions, two wins, 12 top-five finishes and 20 top-10s. This season at short tracks, his statistics include a win at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway in March and he finished second there in August. At Martinsville in April, he finished fourth.
MARTINSVILLE CHASSIS CHOICE: Crew chief Kenny Francis has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-787 for Sunday’s race at Martinsville. Kahne drove this chassis at Martinsville in April, when he started fifth and finished fourth.
HENDRICK BESTS AT MARTINSVILLE: Hendrick Motorsports has recorded its most wins, top-five finishes and top-10s at Martinsville. The organization has 20 victories there, with Jimmie Johnson most recently reaching Victory Lane at the short track in April 2013. Johnson now ranks third among drivers all-time with eight victories at Martinsville. Jeff Gordon leads active drivers at the Virginia short track in the following statistical categories: top-five finishes (26), top-10s (33) and laps led (3,515). Gordon also ranks first among active drivers with a 7.2 starting position, and Johnson ranks first with an average finish of 5.3.
KASEY KAHNE, DRIVER, NO. 5 FARMERS INSURANCE CHEVROLET SS (ON THE TEAM’S FOCUS FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE SEASON.): “We have a strong team, and we’ve been one of the best cars at times throughout the whole season. Hopefully we can hit on it again these last couple races and at least finish strong and get back in the top 10. I think at this point in time that would be a successful year for where we’re at right now.”