Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Kasey Kahne could be a driver to back this week at Bristol

Kasey Kahne is 20/1 to win at Bristol Sunday
No. 5 Great Clips Chevrolet SS / Kasey Kahne

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

SEASON-TO-DATE: After the first seven NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races this season, Kasey Kahne currently ranks first in quality passes (645), third in average running position (9.015), fourth in fastest drivers on restarts (8.429 average rank), fifth in laps in top 15 (1,899), fifth in fastest drivers late in a run (6.857 average rank), fifth in fastest speed in traffic (7.714 average rank), sixth in fastest drivers early in a run (7.714 average rank), sixth in green-flag speed (6.857 average rank), seventh in driver rating (100.0), eighth in fastest laps run (87) and 10th in laps led (35).

BRISTOL WINNER: Kahne drove the No. 5 Great Clips Chevrolet SS to Victory Lane at Bristol Motor Speedway in the March 2013 Sprint Cup Series race. He started from the outside pole position and led 109 laps en route to his first victory at the 0.533-mile oval. Of his five top-five finishes at the track, two were runner-up results. He has an average starting position of 12.4.

BRISTOL LOOP DATA: According to NASCAR loop data during the last 20 Sprint Cup Series races at Bristol, Kahne ranks first in the closers category by improving 25 positions in the last 10 percent of laps in each race. He also ranks fourth in fastest laps run (460), fourth in green-flag passes (1,005), seventh in laps led (512) and 10th in quality passes (563).

SHORT-TRACK STATS: Kahne has collected two of his 17 career Cup wins and three of his 26 pole positions on short tracks. His most recent short-track win was at Bristol in March 2013. He has 12 top-five finishes and 21 top-10s in 67 starts on tracks less than one mile in length.

BRISTOL CHASSIS CHOICE: Crew chief Keith Rodden has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-820 for Sunday’s race at Bristol. Kahne raced the car six times in 2014 with his most notable performance being a win at Atlanta Motor Speedway in August. Most recently, Kahne tested with the chassis at Charlotte Motor Speedway in March of this year.

GREAT CLIPS / GREAT CLIPS RACING VIP SWEEPSTAKES: Great Clips will adorn the hood of Kahne’s No. 5 Chevrolet SS this weekend at Bristol, and will be the primary sponsor on the car for eight more Sprint Cup Series races this year: Richmond International Raceway (April 25), Kansas Speedway (May 9), Michigan International Speedway (June 14), Sonoma Raceway (June 28), Daytona International Speedway (July 5), New Hampshire Motor Speedway (July 19), Chicagoland Speedway (Sept. 20) and Homestead-Miami Speedway (Nov. 22). Now until Aug. 13, fans can enter for the chance to win a VIP racing experience thanks to Great Clips. The sweepstakes' grand prize includes a trip to Charlotte, North Carolina, with airfare as well as hotel accommodations covered for three nights, tickets to the NASCAR races at Charlotte Motor Speedway Oct. 9-10, a behind-the-scenes tour at the track and the opportunity to meet Kahne. For more information, please click here.
2015 Season
  • 5th in standings
  • 7 starts
  • 0 wins
  • 0 pole positions
  • 1 top-five finish
  • 3 top-10 finishes
  • 35 laps led
  • 403 starts
  • 17 wins
  • 26 pole positions
  • 84 top-five finishes
  • 149 top-10 finishes
  • 4,576 laps led
Bristol Career 
  • 22 starts
  • 1 win
  • 1 pole position
  • 5 top-five finishes
  • 10 top-10 finishes
  • 512 laps led

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