Originally written on Start 'N' Park Blog  |  Last updated 11/17/14

AVONDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 14: Kasey Kahne (L) driver of the #9 Budweiser Chevrolet is seen in the garage as Denny Hamlin gives an interview in the background during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 14, 2009 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Kasey Kahne scored his second top-five result in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup after he finished fifth on Sept. 23 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The strong finish allowed Kahne to retain his fifth-place spot in the championship standings, and he trails leader and teammate Jimmie Johnson by 15 markers.

KAHNE AT DOVER: Kahne, driver of the No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet, has one top-five finish, five top-10s and has led 88 laps in 17 NASCAR Sprint Cup starts at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. He earned his best finish of fourth at the track in this race one year ago and crossed the line ninth in June. Kahne has seven starts inside the top 10 at the one-mile concrete oval.

LOOP DATA: In the last 15 races at Dover, Kahne has run 223 fastest laps, ranking him eighth according to NASCAR loop data. He ranks seventh for green-flag passes with 611.

CHASSIS CHOICE: Crew chief Kenny Francis has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-717 for Sunday’s race at Dover. Kahne has raced this car to three top-10 finishes in three starts this season, including an eighth-place result in April at Kansas Speedway, a track in the Chase.

2012 SEASON-TO-DATE STATS: So far in 2012, Kahne has collected two wins, nine top-five finishes, 15 top-10s and two pole positions. He ranks third among the competition this season for green-flag speed and fastest laps run, according to NASCAR loop data. His 2012 driver rating of 94.7 ranks him 10th at this point in 2012. 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. The maximum a driver can earn in each race is 150 points. The driver rating number is used pre-race as a prediction tool and post-race as a performance evaluator.

HENDRICK AT DOVER:  In 57 Cup events (179 starts) at Dover, Hendrick Motorsports has 14 wins, 45 top-five finishes and 77 top-10s. Johnson, who won most recently at the one-mile oval, has seven career wins at Dover and ranks tied for first all-time at the track with Hall of Famers Bobby Allison and Richard Petty. Jeff Gordon has contributed another four wins to Hendrick Motorsports’ total.

LAP LEADERS AT DOVER: Gordon leads active drivers with 2,291 laps at Dover, and Johnson trails his teammate by 16 laps going into Sunday’s Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup event. During his last seven victories at Dover, Johnson has averaged 220 laps per win for a total of 1,541 laps led in those races.

HENDRICK IN THE CHASE: Hendrick Motorsports four drivers have averaged a combined 8.875 finish in the first two races in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. New points leader Johnson owns the best average finish with two straight runner-up results in the first two contests, while Kahne has averaged fourth with third- and fifth-place finishes at Chicagoland Speedway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway, respectively.

KASEY KAHNE, DRIVER, NO. 5 FARMERS INSURANCE CHEVROLET (ON DOVER INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY.): “I’ve always liked going to Dover. It’s a tough track, and you carry a lot of speed into the corners. We did really well here last fall and worked hard for a top-10 in the spring. The team has a lot of consistency right now, and we all want to keep that up.”

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