CHASE STANDINGS: Most recently, Kasey Kahne finished 27th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway on Oct. 27 after being involved in an incident early in the event that put him a couple laps down. With the result, Kahne remains 13th in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings and trails 10th-place driver Carl Edwards by 48 points with three races remaining in the 2013 season.
SEASON-TO-DATE: In the first 33 Sprint Cup Series races this season, Kahne ranks first in fastest speed in traffic (7.576 average ranking) and second in fastest laps run (774). He ranks fourth-best in green-flag speed (8.200 average ranking), fastest drivers early in a run (8.840) and laps led (636). He also ranks fifth in driver rating (95.7), sixth in fastest drivers late in a run (9.400) and eighth in laps in top 15 (6,717).
TIME WARNER CABLE: This weekend at Texas Motor Speedway will mark the sixth time that Time Warner Cable has adorned the hood of Kahne’s No. 5 Chevrolet SS this season. Time Warner Cable, which recently announced an extension with Kahne and Hendrick Motorsports, will be the primary sponsor on the No. 5 Chevrolet SS for five Sprint Cup Series races in both 2014 and 2015.
KAHNE AT TEXAS: Kahne went to Victory Lane at Texas on April 9, 2006, after starting from the pole position and leading 63 laps. The driver of the No. 5 Chevrolet SS also has four top-five finishes and five top-10s in 18 Cup starts at the Fort Worth, Texas, oval. Most recently, Kahne scored an 11th-place result in April at the 1.5-mile track and spent 89.5 percent of laps inside the top 15 while having the most quality passes (64).
TEXAS LOOP DATA: According to NASCAR loop data during the last 17 Sprint Cup Series races at Texas, Kahne ranks eighth in fastest laps run (207) and green-flag passes (1,220). He also ranks 10th in laps in top 15 (3,367) and quality passes while running in the top 15 during green-flag conditions (608).
TEXAS TEST: Kahne and his No. 5 Time Warner Cable team tested at Texas on Oct. 22-23 in preparation for this Sunday’s race at the 1.5-mile oval.
INTERMEDIATE STATS: Kahne has collected nine of his 16 career Cup wins and 15 of his 26 pole positions on tracks one-to-two miles in length. In 170 starts on tracks one-to-two miles in length, he has posted 40 top-five finishes and 68 top-10s. Most recently at a 1.5-mile track, Kahne led 138 laps and finished second at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Oct. 12.
TEXAS CHASSIS CHOICE: Crew chief Kenny Francis has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-809 for Sunday’s race at Texas. Kahne has driven this chassis three times this season and averaged a finish of 7.3. Notably, Kahne recorded a third-place finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July and a seventh-place result at Michigan International Speedway in August. Most recently, he qualified fourth and finished 12th driving this chassis at Chicagoland Speedway in September.
HENDRICK AT TEXAS: In 25 races (101 starts) at Texas, Hendrick Motorsports has four wins, 23 top-five finishes and 43 top-10s. Jimmie Johnson most recently went to Victory Lane for the organization in November 2012 after starting from the pole position. Johnson ranks tied for first with 15 top-10s and second with nine top-five finishes. His 9.1 average finish ranks second. Jeff Gordon and Earnhardt rank tied for first all-time with two pole positions.
2013 CHASE: Johnson enters Sunday’s Cup event at Texas – the eighth in the 10-race postseason – with the same number of points as leader Matt Kenseth, but ranks second because Kenseth has seven wins and Johnson has five. The driver of the No. 48 Chevrolet SS ranks first among championship contenders with a 6.9 average start, a 5.4 average finish and a 5.233 average running position during the first seven Chase events. Gordon, with a win Oct. 27 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, has climbed to third in the standings and trails the frontrunners by 27 points.
KASEY KAHNE, DRIVER, NO. 5 TIME WARNER CABLE CHEVROLET SS (ON HOW THE NEW CAR HANDLES AT 1.5-MILE TRACKS.): “As a driver, it just gives you more overall grip so you can just push harder. You can push harder on entry, pick the throttle up, be underneath another car and not be so worried about losing it, getting loose, sliding, spinning out any of that stuff. I think it just gives you just a little bit more security with what you are doing.”