INDIANAPOLIS RECAP: Most recently, Kasey Kahne started seventh and improved to record the third-place result on July 28 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. With his sixth top-five finish of the NASCAR Sprint Cup season, Kahne improves one position to ninth in the driver standings. He trails leader and teammate Jimmie Johnson by 176 points and fifth-place teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. by 52 points.
SEASON-TO-DATE: In the first 20 Sprint Cup races this season, Kahne ranks first with 553 of the fastest laps run and fastest speed in traffic (5.7 average ranking). He ranks third in green-flag speed (5.800 average ranking) and third in fastest drivers early in a run (6.600). His 100.5 driver rating is fourth-best as are his 400 laps led, and he ranks fifth among fastest drivers late in a run (7.800). His average start in 20 races is 8.8, and his average finish is 16.3.
KAHNE AT POCONO: In 19 Sprint Cup starts at Pocono Raceway, Kahne has recorded one win, four top-five finishes and six top-10s. He has two career pole positions at the track and won from the top spot in June 2008 after leading 69 laps. He has completed 98.7 percent of laps attempted and has led 151 laps at the 2.5-mile track.
QUICK IN QUALIFYING: Kahne ranks as Pocono’s second-best qualifier among active drivers with an average start of 8.6. Most recently, he started from seventh at the 2.5-mile Tricky Triangle in June 2013. In the last four Cup events at Pocono, Kahne has lined up 10th or better and averaged a start of 5.75.
POCONO LOOP DATA: According to NASCAR loop data in the last 17 races at Pocono, Kahne ranks fourth in both fastest laps run (243) and fastest drivers late in a run (159.841 mph). The driver of the No. 5 Chevrolet SS ranks fifth in fastest drivers early in a run (162.338 mph), sixth in laps led (147) and seventh in average green-flag speed (160.816 mph).
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 104 starts on tracks two miles or longer, Kahne has posted 23 top-five finishes and 40 top-10s. Kahne has scored wins on both of the Cup circuit’s two-mile ovals, finding Victory Lane at Michigan International Speedway and Fontana, Calif., in 2006.
CHASSIS CHOICE: For this weekend at Pocono, crew chief Kenny Francis will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-779. Kahne has driven this car three times this season and averaged a 16.3 finish. He notably led 114 laps in this chassis in March en route to a runner-up result at Las Vegas and later scored an 11th-place finish one month later at Texas Motor Speedway. Most recently, he drove it at Pocono Raceway in June.
KEYSTONE STATE CREW MEMBER: Chris Fasulka, gas man on the No. 5 team, hails from nearby Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and calls Pocono his favorite track on the circuit. Fasulka also works as a suspension and brake specialist in the Nos. 5 and 24 team shop.
HENDRICK AT POCONO: Hendrick Motorsports is the winningest organization at Pocono with 14 Cup victories. In 59 Cup races (193 starts) at the 2.5-mile racetrack, Hendrick Motorsports has gathered 57 top-five finishes and 100 top-10s. Johnson most recently won from the pole position at the Tricky Triangle in June 2013. With six victories, Jeff Gordon is ranked first among drivers all-time at Pocono. Gordon’s 965 laps led are the most among drivers all-time there.
SEASON-TO-DATE: In the first 20 Cup races of the season, Hendrick Motorsports drivers have tallied five victories (Johnson with four and Kahne with one) and eight runner-up results (Kahne has three, Earnhardt has two, Johnson has two and Gordon has one). The Hendrick Motorsports teammates rank inside the top 10 in the driver standings. Johnson is first, followed by fifth-place Earnhardt, ninth-place Kahne and 10th-place Gordon.
KASEY KAHNE, DRIVER, NO. 5 FARMERS INSURANCE CHEVROLET SS (ON THE TEAM’S MOMENTUM.): “I feel good about the last two races, where we’re at and where we’re heading. There have been races where we’ve been fast and things have just happened the past month-and-a-half, but that’s racing. Those things happen. We have a good team though and a strong group. We’re still in that top 10 and have a lot to shoot for to make that Chase (for the NASCAR Sprint Cup).”