KENTUCKY RECAP: Most recently, Kasey Kahne finished 11th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway on June 30. He remains 11th in the driver standings and is one point outside of 10th.
HENDRICKCARS.COM: Hendrickcars.com returns as a primary partner for Kahne and the No. 5 Chevrolet SS this weekend at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. Hendrickcars.com offers more than 25,000 new and pre-owned vehicles, including trucks, SUVs, commercial vehicles and motorcycles. Hendrickcars.com also features classic cars, available for purchase, from Rick Hendrick’s personal collection.
HENDRICKCARS.COM SWEEPSTAKES: Fans now can enter to win Kahne’s autographed Hendrickcars.com firesuit that he wore at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway in April 2012 at www.Hendrickcars.com. The Hendrickcars.com sweepstakes ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 7. The winner will be announced by Thursday, July 11.
SEASON-TO-DATE: In the first 17 Sprint Cup races this season, Kahne ranks first with 521 of the fastest laps run and fastest speed in traffic (6.235 average ranking). He ranks third in green-flag speed (5.846 average ranking) and in fastest drivers early in a run (7.00). His 100.1 driver rating is fourth-best as are his 400 laps led and his ranking among fastest drivers late in a run (7.308). The driver of the No. 5 Chevrolet SS has scored seven top-10 results in the last 15 Sprint Cup races. His average start in 17 starts is 9.2, and his average finish is 16.5.
KAHNE AT DAYTONA: In 2010, Kahne reached Victory Lane at Daytona when he won the second Budweiser Duel 150 qualifying race. In 19 points-paying starts at Daytona, Kahne has two top-five finishes and seven top-10s, including a runner-up result in the July 2010 race.
DAYTONA LOOP DATA: According to NASCAR loop data for the last 17 races at Daytona, Kahne ranks second in green-flag passes (3,532 total) and is tied for sixth with Greg Biffle in fastest laps run (69 laps).
DAYTONA CHASSIS CHOICE: Crew chief Kenny Francis has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-703 for the Daytona race. Most recently, Kahne drove this chassis at the Daytona test back in January. In 2012, he drove this chassis at the 2.5-mile superspeedway’s July event, and he finished seventh.
SUPERSPEEDWAY STATS: In 38 starts at the restrictor-plate tracks of Daytona and Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, 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. Three of Kahne’s 15 career wins have happened on tracks two miles or longer — Fontana, Calif., Michigan International Speedway and Pocono Raceway.
FLORIDA NATIVE: Francis hails from the Sunshine State and made a name for himself behind the wheel of a gokart in Jacksonville. He went on to earn his mechanical engineering degree from the University of Florida. Francis started working with Kahne as his crew chief in 2006, and since then, they have qualified three times for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
HENDRICK AT DAYTONA: In 59 points-paying events (190 starts) at Daytona, Hendrick Motorsports has achieved 11 wins, 46 top-five finishes, 82 top-10s and has led 1,428 laps. Most recently, Jimmie Johnson won his second Daytona 500 crown and teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. scored runner-up honors earlier this year. The last time Hendrick Motorsports swept both Daytona events was 1986 when Geoff Bodine won the Daytona 500 and Tim Richmond went to Victory Lane in the July event.
KASEY KAHNE, DRIVER, NO. 5 HENDRICKCARS.COM CHEVROLET SS (ON WHAT IT’S LIKE BEING A DRIVER FOR HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS.): “You don’t have to worry about so many things. I just focus on myself, communicating with the team and how we can all pull together and win. We have everything it takes to win, and I get to drive every week. As a driver, you don’t get that very often. (Team owner) Mr. (Rick) Hendrick gives all of us that opportunity. There is nothing I have even asked for because there is more than enough.”
-Hendrick Motorsports PR