Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Kasey Kahne has best chance of a 2017 win at Sonoma

Kasey Kahne is 40/1 to win at Sonoma.
Kasey Kahne on racing at Sonoma
“I really like going to Sonoma. It’s a very unique track and cool part of the country – it’s the closest we get to my home state of Washington. I had a tough time with figuring out the track the first few times I went there. But once I got it, we were much better there and even got a win in 2009.”

MICROSOFT AT SONOMA: This weekend at Sonoma Raceway, Kasey Kahne will pilot the No. 5 Windows 10 Chevrolet SS. The northern California track marks the first time the major technology partner of Hendrick Motorsports has adorned the No. 5 Chevrolet SS.

KAHNE AT SONOMA: In just his first seven starts at the wine country track, the Enumclaw, Washington, native earned two pole awards – 2008 and 2010 – and one win. Kahne won the 2009 race by leading 37 laps and taking the checkered flag with a 0.748-second margin of victory over Tony Stewart. Each of his last four starts at Sonoma have resulted in top-10 finishes, most recently a ninth-place result in last year’s race at the 1.99-mile track. In total, Kahne has led 41 laps throughout two races in his NASCAR Cup Series career at the 10-turn road course, which ranks him ninth among current drivers.

SONOMA LOOP DATA: According to NASCAR’s loop data since 2005, Kahne ranks second in green-flag passes with 718 and quality passes with 311. Quality passes are the number of times a driver passes another car that is running in the top 15 while under green-flag conditions. He’s fifth in laps in the top 15 with 786 and ranks sixth in the fastest laps run category with 45. He’s 10th in driver rating with a high rating of 132.4. The driver rating is a formula that combines wins, top-15 finishes, average running position while on the lead lap, average speed under green, fastest lap, most laps led and lead-lap finishes.

GOING HOME: Mechanic Charley McDonell, a longtime member of Kahne's team, is the only California native on the No. 5 Windows 10 team. He hails from Cottonwood, California, which is located approximately three hours north of Sonoma Raceway.


2017 Season

  • 21st in standings
  • 15 starts
  • 0 race wins
  • 0 stage wins
  • 0 pole positions
  • 2 top-five finishes
  • 3 top-10 finishes
  • 7 laps led


  • 483 starts
  • 17 wins
  • 27 pole positions
  • 91 top-five finishes
  • 172 top-10 finishes
  • 4,614 laps led

Track Career 

  • 13 starts
  • 1 win
  • 2 pole positions
  • 2 top-five finishes
  • 6 top-10 finishes
  • 41 laps led

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