NASCAR Notes: The Sprint Cup Class Of 2013 – Kasey Kahne
By Dave Grayson
DRIVER: KASEY KAHNE. #5 HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS CHEVROLET. CREW CHIEF: KENNY FRANCIS. ENGINES: HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS.
Kasey Kahne enters his second full season with Hendrick Motorsports and the anticipation level is very high for this team. Kahne came on strong in the second half of the 2012 season and finished the year with a pair of wins, 19 top ten finishes and a healthy average finish ratio of 13.
One of the major positives going for this team is the fact that the super chemistry between Kahne and crew chief Kenny Francis will remain intact for 2013. Both men are well on their way to superstar status in this sport and team owner Rick Hendrick is well aware of it. That’s why he has both men signed through the 2015 season.
The sponsorship program, for Kahne’s #5 ride, appears to be very strong for 2013. Farmers Insurance returns as the primary sponsor for 22 races. Other primary sponsors on board include Quaker State-4 races, Time Warner Cable-4 races, Great Clips Hair Salons-3 races and Pepsi Co for one race for a total of 34.
Regarding the remaining races on the schedule, there are reports that says Trina Solar, a Chinese solar panel manufacturer, may be the the primary sponsor for the remainder of the races. However, this has not been officially confirmed. If needed, Hendrick Cars (Dot) Com is available to take up any sponsor slack.
Keep a sharp eye this year on Kasey Kahne and his #5 team. They have all of the makings of becoming major players in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase For The Championship.