Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 10/20/14

AVONDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 14: Kasey Kahne (L) driver of the #9 Budweiser Chevrolet is seen in the garage as Denny Hamlin gives an interview in the background during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 14, 2009 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images for NASCAR)
When Kasey Kahne came into the Hendrick organization, there were a lot of people, including me, that thought he was going to be one of the guys to challenge for the championship; he could literally give Jimmie Johnson a run for his money because I thought Jimmie was going to be the guy to beat with Tony Stewart. I thought he could be a contender. Kasey put so much pressure on himself and was trying so hard at the first part of this season that he got himself in trouble. He got behind not only because of misfortune, but also misfortune that he made earlier in the season. He rallied and made NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup, then he got out of the box in the title-determining segment of the season really well this past weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, which was definitely a plus. We'll have to see how that plays out and whether or not he starts putting so much pressure on himself or trying too hard the next couple of races. This weekend's race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway wil...
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