Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Kasey Kahne likes loose cars, could benefit from new rules package at Kentucky

Kasey Kahne is 15/1 to win at Kentucky
No. 5 LiftMaster Chevrolet SS / Kasey Kahne

Driver: Kasey Kahne
Hometown: Enumclaw, Washington
Age: 35
Resides: Mooresville, North Carolina

LIFTMASTER ON THE NO. 5 CHEVY SS: LiftMaster will adorn the hood of Kasey Kahne’s No. 5 Chevrolet SS this weekend at Kentucky Speedway, and will be the primary sponsor on the car for one additional Sprint Cup Series race this year: Kansas Speedway (Oct. 18). LiftMaster, a longtime supporter of the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation (NFFF), has partnered with the nonprofit again to raise funding that assists the NFFF in its mission to provide resources to the fallen firefighters’ survivors in rebuilding their lives and work within the fire service community while also reducing firefighter deaths and injuries. Now until July 31, fans can “like” the LiftMaster Facebook page and LiftMaster will donate $1 to the NFFF up to $30,000.

SEASON-TO-DATE: After the first 17 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races this season, Kahne currently ranks fourth in laps in the top 15 (3,942), fifth in fastest drivers early in a run (7.714 average rank), fifth in fastest drivers late in a run (7.643 average rank), fifth in percentage of laps run on the lead lap (90.52 percent), sixth in average running position (11.648), sixth in green flag speed (7.286 average rank), eighth in driver rating (94.5), eighth in quality passes (1,163) and 10th in fastest laps run (165).

KENTUCKY LOOP DATA: According to NASCAR loop data from the last four points-paying races at Kentucky, Kahne ranks second in quality passes (145), fifth in average finish (8.500), fifth in driver rating (98.9), fifth in average green flag speed (172.039), eighth in laps run in the top 15 (709), ninth in fastest laps run (64), and 11th in average running position (12.879).

KENTUCKY STATS: Kahne's most recent of two top-10 finishes at the 1.5-mile oval came last year, when he raced his way from 20th to finish eighth.

GOING HOME: For Chris Spaulding, engineer on the LiftMaster team, the race at Kentucky Speedway will be a return to his home state. Spaulding hails from Louisville, located approximately 60 miles southwest of Sparta.

RACE TO THE CHASE: Kahne is currently 11th in the standings, having earned 496 points through the first 17 races. He is 160 points away from the leader and just 30 points out of sixth place.

2015 Season
  • 11th in standings
  • 17 starts
  • 0 wins
  • 1 pole position
  • 2 top-five finishes
  • 6 top-10 finishes
  • 46 laps led
  • 413 starts
  • 17 wins
  • 27 pole positions
  • 85 top-five finishes
  • 152 top-10 finishes
  • 4,587 laps led
Kentucky Career 
  • 4 starts
  • 0 wins
  • 0 pole positions
  • 1 top-five finish
  • 2 top-10 finishes
  • 1 lap led

- Hendrick Motorsports

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