CHASE STANDINGS: Kasey Kahne most recently finished second in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Oct. 12 and recorded his fifth runner-up result of the season, a Series-best. With the result, Kahne remains 13th in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings and trails leader Matt Kenseth by 81 points with five races remaining in the 2013 season.
SEASON-TO-DATE: In the first 31 Sprint Cup Series races this season, Kahne ranks first in fastest laps run (757), and the fastest speed in traffic (6.548 average ranking). He ranks third-best in green-flag speed (6.826 average ranking). Kahne ranks fourth-best in the following categories: driver rating (98.4), fastest drivers early in a run (7.522), fastest drivers late in a run (8.261) and laps led (635). Kahne’s average start this season is 10.7, and his average finish is 16.1.
KAHNE AT TALLADEGA: In 19 Sprint Cup Series starts at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, Kahne has recorded three top-five finishes, four top-10s and has led 49 laps at the high-banked oval. In the October 2012 event, Kahne won his first pole position at the 2.66-mile track.
SUPERSPEEDWAY STATS: In 39 starts at the restrictor-plate tracks of Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway and Talladega, Kahne has recorded a combined five top-five finishes and 11 top-10s. He recorded back-to-back seventh-place finishes in the Daytona 500 in 2007 and 2008 and two runner-up finishes in the fall races at Talladega in 2006 and 2009. Four of Kahne’s 16 career wins happened on tracks two miles or longer — Fontana, Calif., Michigan International Speedway and Pocono Raceway.
TALLADEGA LOOP DATA: In the last 17 Sprint Cup Series events at Talladega, Kahne ranks third in the closers category with 51 positions moved up. He also ranks sixth in green-flag passes (5,188).
TALLADEGA CHASSIS CHOICE: Crew chief Kenny Francis has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-768 for Sunday’s race at Talladega. Kahne has driven this chassis three times this season and all at restrictor-plate venues. In February, he posted the sixth-fastest time during Daytona 500 qualifying and followed up that effort with a second-place result in the second Budweiser Duel. In May, Kahne qualified 10th in this car at Talladega.
HENDRICK AT TALLADEGA: In 59 events (190 starts) at Talladega, Hendrick Motorsports has 11 wins, 48 top-five finishes and 71 top-10s. The organization’s 11 victories rank second all-time behind Richard Childress Racing (12). In Hendrick Motorsports’ most recent Talladega win, Dale Earnhardt Jr. pushed Jimmie Johnson to Victory Lane in April 2011. Johnson, the outside pole sitter, matched the closest margin of victory recorded — .002 seconds — since the use of electronic scoring.
RESTRICTOR-PLATE VICTORS: Among drivers all-time at the restrictor-plate tracks of Daytona and Talladega, Jeff Gordon ranks first with 12 victories and Earnhardt is third with seven. Gordon’s six pole positions rank him tied for second all-time in that category at restrictor-plate tracks. With a pole this weekend, Gordon could move into a tie for first with Sterling Marlin, who has seven.
KASEY KAHNE, DRIVER, NO. 5 FARMERS INSURANCE CHEVROLET SS (ON CARRYING MOMENTUM AFTER THE NO. 5 TEAM’S SECOND-PLACE FINISH AT CHARLOTTE.): “It was nice having a great race at Charlotte. That track always gives us a good boost, and we always leave there with such confidence. Hopefully we can run pretty strong the rest of the year because I don’t want to finish last in the (Chase) point standings.”