RACE FOR THE CHASE: Most recently, Kasey Kahne clinched at least a Wild Card spot in the 2013 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup after finishing 36th at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sept. 1. With one race remaining before the Chase begins, Kahne ranks 12th in the driver standings and is 10 points outside of the top 10. He still could race his way into the postseason, but has the cushion of a Wild Card spot going into Saturday’s event at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway.
SEASON-TO-DATE: In the first 25 NASCAR Sprint Cup races this season, Kahne ranks first in the following categories: fastest laps run (648), green flag speed (5.556 average ranking) and the fastest speed in traffic (5.800 average ranking). He notably ranks second-best in the fastest drivers early in a run (6.278) and fastest drivers late in a run (7.000) categories. His 99.0 driver rating is fourth-best as are his 466 laps led. Kahne’s average start this season is 10.8, and his average finish is 16.2.
KAHNE AT RICHMOND: In 19 Sprint Cup starts at Richmond, Kahne has earned one win, four top-five finishes and seven top-10s. He won in 2005 after starting from the pole position. Kahne scored a 12th-place finish in this race at Richmond a year ago.
FIRST CUP WIN: Kahne earned his first career Sprint Cup Series win at Richmond in May 2005. Starting from the pole position, Kahne dominated the race, leading 242 of 400 laps and taking the checkered flag more than 1.6 seconds ahead of Tony Stewart. Kahne is one of three active drivers who have won from the pole there and is one of 22 drivers all-time during the previous 114 Richmond Cup races.
RICHMOND LOOP DATA: According to NASCAR loop data during the last 17 Sprint Cup Series races at Richmond, Kahne ranks fourth in fastest laps run (336), eighth in laps led with 281, ninth in green-flag speed (116.330 mph), 10th in fastest drivers early in a run (118.794 mph) and 10th in green-flag passes (817).
SHORT TRACK STATS: In 58 starts on tracks less than one mile in length, Kahne has three pole positions, two wins, 12 top-five finishes and 20 top-10s. He finished second in his most recent short track start at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway on Aug. 24 and won there in March.
CHASSIS CHOICE: Crew chief Kenny Francis will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-815 for Saturday night’s event at Richmond. This is a new chassis.
HENDRICK AT RICHMOND: In 59 Cup events (186 starts) at Richmond, Hendrick Motorsports has 10 wins, 51 top-five finishes and 89 top-10s. Jeff Gordon leads all active, full-time drivers at the .75-mile short track with 16 top-five finishes, 25 top-10s, 1,415 laps led and an average starting position of 7.8. Jimmie Johnson most recently went to Victory Lane there for the organization on Sept. 7, 2008.
KASEY KAHNE, DRIVER, NO. 5 FARMERS INSURANCE CHEVROLET SS (ON WORKING FOR TEAM OWNER RICK HENDRICK.): “I think it starts with just how Mr. Hendrick treats people. From the top, every single person there (at Hendrick Motorsports) and the management people, all the competition side, everybody that I work with treats everybody with respect, and that starts from Mr. H. He actually cares about every single person at Hendrick Motorsports. When he’s not around for a week and he’s doing other things, it’s still run the exact same way, and that’s all from him and what he puts into it and his passion he has for racing and for winning.”