|Kasey Kahne is 12/1 to win Sunday at Fontana|
Hometown Enumclaw, Washington
Resides Mooresville, North Carolina
SEASON-TO-DATE: After the first four Sprint Cup Series races this season, Kahne currently ranks first in quality passes (501), third in green-flag speed (5.500 average rank), third in average running position (7.575), third in laps in top 15 (1,024), fourth in fastest speed in traffic (7.000 average rank), fourth in fastest drivers on restarts (8.500 average rank), fifth in fastest drivers early in a run (6.500 average rank), fifth in fastest drivers late in a run (6.750 average rank), sixth in fastest laps run (39) and sixth in driver rating (102.8).
KAHNE AT FONTANA: Kahne’s first and only win at Fontana was on Sept. 3, 2006. He started from the ninth position and led 130 laps en route to victory at the two-mile oval. Also worth noting, Kahne lined up from the pole position in 2004 for his first Cup start at the two-mile track and has gone on to earn nine more top-10 starting spots. Kahne enters Sunday’s race with an average start of 11.4 and an average finish of 16.0 at Fontana.
FONTANA LOOP DATA: According to NASCAR loop data during the last 16 Sprint Cup Series races at Fontana, Kahne ranks seventh in laps led (152), eighth in green-flag passes (1,264), 10th in fastest laps run (109), 10th in laps in top 15 (2,315), 10th in quality passes (738) and 10th in driver rating (91.5).
SPEEDWAY STATS: In 118 starts on tracks two miles or longer, Kahne has posted 25 top-five finishes and 47 top-10s. In addition, he has collected four of his 17 career Cup wins and six of his 26 pole positions at those tracks. Kahne has won at both of the Cup circuit’s two-mile tracks, finding Victory Lane at Michigan and the Fontana oval in 2006.
FONTANA CHASSIS CHOICE: Crew chief Keith Rodden has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-923 for Sunday’s race at Fontana. It is a brand new chassis.
TIME WARNER CABLE: Time Warner Cable will adorn the hood of Kahne’s No. 5 Chevrolet SS this weekend at Fontana, California, and will be the primary sponsor on the car for three more Sprint Cup Series races this year: Charlotte Motor Speedway’s All-Star Race on May 16, Watkins Glen International on August 9 and Talladega Superspeedway on Oct. 25.
THE DRIVE: Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and Kahne have selected Seattle Children’s Hospital and the Strong Against Cancer initiative as this year’s beneficiary of The DRIVE, a private charity concert, auction and celebrity-amateur golf event scheduled for June 29-30 in Cle Elum, Washington. Together, they will raise awareness and valuable funds for research that supports immunotherapy – a medical treatment that harnesses the power of a child’s immune cells to fight cancer. Kahne went to Seattle Children’s Hospital on Tuesday to support the initiative and visit with patients. For more information about The DRIVE event, please visitwww.kaseykahnefoundation.org.