POCONO RECAP: Most recently, Kasey Kahne was scored 36th at Pocono Raceway after an early-race vibration stalled a potentially strong run. When Kahne returned to the track, he was clocking lap times faster than the leaders. He now ranks eighth in the driver standings.
SEASON-TO-DATE: In the first 14 NASCAR Sprint Cup races this season, Kahne ranks first with 476 of the fastest laps run and fastest speed in traffic (6.78 average ranking). His 99.2 driver rating is fourth-best as are his 386 laps led and green-flag speed (6.0 average ranking). The driver of the No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet SS has scored six top-10 results in the last 12 Sprint Cup races. His average start in 14 starts is 8.4, and his average finish is 16.1.
KAHNE AT MICHIGAN: In 18 Sprint Cup starts at Michigan International Speedway, Kahne has one win, seven top-five finishes, eight top-10s and has led 49 laps. He has two pole positions at the two-mile oval and won from the top starting spot in June 2006. Most recently at Michigan, Kahne finished third there in August 2012.
MICHIGAN LOOP DATA: During the last 16 races at Michigan, Kahne has made 1,208 green-flag passes, ranking him fifth according to NASCAR loop data. He also ranks seventh for fastest laps run with 144, eighth in fastest on restarts (172.921 mph) and ninth for quality passes with 597.
SPEEDWAY STATS: Kahne has collected three of his 15 career Cup wins and six of his 26 pole positions on tracks two miles or longer in length. In 101 starts on tracks two miles or longer, Kahne has posted 22 top-five finishes and 39 top-10s. Kahne has scored wins on both of the Cup circuit’s two-mile ovals, finding Victory Lane at Michigan and Fontana, Calif., in 2006.
CHASSIS CHOICE: For this weekend at Michigan, crew chief Kenny Francis will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-793. Kahne finished second with this car at Kansas Speedway in April. Most recently, he led 161 laps and drove it to another runner-up finish in May at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway’s 600-mile race.
HENDRICK AT MICHIGAN: In 58 races (186 starts) at Michigan, Hendrick Motorsports has six wins, 44 top-five finishes and 80 top-10s. Jeff Gordon ranks tied for first among active, full-time drivers with 18 top-five finishes, and he leads active, full-time drivers with five pole positions.
SEASON TO DATE: After 14 Cup races this season, all four Hendrick Motorsports drivers rank inside the top 11 in the championship standings. Points leader Jimmie Johnson is tied for first with a series-best three victories, and he also leads the Series with an 8.1 average finish, 6.5 average running position and 4,018 laps in the top 15. Dale Earnhardt Jr. ranks fourth, while Kahne is eighth in the standings and has the other Hendrick Motorsports victory this season. Gordon is ranked 11th in the standings.
KASEY KAHNE, DRIVER, NO. 5 FARMERS INSURANCE CHEVROLET SS (ON THE IMPORTANT ROLE HIS FATHER HAS PLAYED IN HIS RACING CAREER.): “My dad worked on sprint cars when I was little so I grew up learning about racing. He taught me about the cars, and I also wanted to race and ultimately race for my dad at some point. Because of him is why I race cars and why I got into it. He was the one who taught me first off about the cars, how they worked, how to work on them and I enjoyed it. I’ve learned a lot from him over the years, and it’s been great having him around and having his support at all my races.”
KENNY FRANCIS, CREW CHIEF, NO. 5 FARMERS INSURANCE CHEVROLET SS (ON WHY FATHER’S DAY IS SPECIAL TO HIM.): “Father’s Day is special for me because I have two children, and they think it’s pretty neat to be able to have a day for their dad. They’ll usually make something — some kind of arts and craft type project — and give it to me. They have a lot of pride in that, and that’s pretty special to me so that’s what I remember most about Father’s Day is these days.”