Starting this Saturday, fans can enter for the chance to win a 2012 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport for one year from Hendrickcars.com, Hendrick Automotive Group’s online retail store. To enter, fans must visit Hendrickcars.com and accurately guess the average lap speed Kasey Kahne will post on Lap 163 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday, Sept. 2. The contest begins this weekend and ends when the green flag is waved to start the Atlanta race. The winner will be announced on Hendrickcars.com on Sept. 5. For official rules, please visit Hendrickcars.com.
STRONG AT MICHIGAN: Kasey Kahne overcame an early slide through the grass last Sunday at Michigan International Speedway to score his seventh top-five finish of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. Kahne rallied from the setback, climbing from 26th to cross the finish line third and collect his fifth top-10 result in the last seven Cup events.
POINTS AFTER MICHIGAN: Kahne’s strong finish at Michigan helped him retain the 11th spot in the Sprint Cup standings. As the only driver outside the top 10 with multiple wins in 2012, he also holds the first wild card spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
2012 SEASON-TO-DATE STATS: Kahne continues his run as the season’s best qualifier with an average starting spot of 8.5. He ranks second to teammate Jimmie Johnson for fastest laps run (396), speed under the green flag and speed late in a run.
KAHNE AT BRISTOL: In 17 Sprint Cup starts at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, Kahne has three top-five finishes and six top-10s. Kahne earned his best finish at the short track in August 2007 when he started from the pole position and finished second. He crossed the line 11th in this Bristol race one year ago.
LOOP DATA: In the last 15 Cup events at Bristol, Kahne has made 673 green-flag passes, ranking him sixth according to NASCAR loop data. During the same period, Kahne ranks ninth for laps led with 305 and 10th for fastest laps run with 245.
CHASSIS CHOICE: For the Aug. 25 race, crew chief Kenny Francis and the No. 5 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-713. Kahne recorded an average finish of 9.7 when racing this car earlier this season in Fontana, Calif., Fort Worth, Texas, and Darlington, S.C. He also qualified inside the top five at each event.
SHORT TRACK STATS: Kahne’s one short track victory happened at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway in 2005. Kahne started from the pole and dominated the race, leading 242 of 400 laps. He finished fifth in his most recent short track start at Richmond in April. Kahne has eight top-five finishes and 15 top-10s in 51 starts on tracks less than one mile in length.
HENDRICK AT BRISTOL: In 57 Cup events (179 starts) at Bristol, Hendrick Motorsports has nine wins, 44 top-five finishes, 79 top-10s and 11 pole positions. Jeff Gordon is tied for first among active drivers with five wins at the track, while Johnson most recently went to Victory Lane there for the organization in March 2010.
KASEY KAHNE, DRIVER, NO. 5 HENDRICKCARS.COM CHEVROLET (ON BRISTOL.): “The new surface is a real wild card for everyone. If the top lane is really slippery, it will be tough to race up there. I don’t think anyone knows until we get cars on the track. But we were really fast at Bristol in March, so I’m excited to race there again. It’s always a fun place to be.”