Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/17/14

MARTINSVILLE, VA - OCTOBER 23: Kasey Kahne sits in the #9 Budweiser Dodge in the garage prior to practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series TUMS Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway on October 23, 2009 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
It is safe to say that the performance we saw Sunday night out of Kasey Kahne and his No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports team is something we'd seen coming for about six weeks. One of the major storylines coming into the 2102 season was Kasey finally getting behind the wheel of the No. 5 car for Hendrick Motorsports. I was one of the more vocal ones that said it wouldn't surprise if Kahne's team carried the banner for Hendrick Motorsports in 2012. Kahne had a lot of speed in that car even when the team unloaded it in Daytona back in February. The problem early on seemed to be the result of self-induced pressure to live up to expectations. Unfortunately, the team went completely the opposite direction of where it wanted to be the first five to six races of the season. Then things started to turn and you saw a string of six consecutive top-10 finishes out of Kasey and his team as they slowly rose from the ashes. Sunday obviously was the culmination as the group got its first wi...
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