In his 300th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start, Kasey Kahne won May 27 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway to record his 13th career win and his first with Hendrick Motorsports. Kahne now has three victories in the 600-mile event and four overall at the 1.5-mile oval. The driver of the No. 5 Chevrolet led six times for a total of 96 laps to take the checkered flag in the fastest 600-mile event to date — the race was completed in three hours, 51 minutes and 14 seconds.
TOP-10 STREAK: With his win at Charlotte, Kahne brings his career-best streak of top-10 finishes to six in a row. He previously achieved four consecutive top-10s in 2011 and twice in 2006. His average finish in the last six points-paying races this season is 5.5.
POINTS REPORT: Kahne advanced one position to 15th in the driver standings after winning at Charlotte. He is now 42 points behind 10th-place Carl Edwards.
QUICK IN QUALIFYING: With his seventh-place qualifying run last weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kahne now has started in the top-10 for 11 straight races. Kahne’s average starting position of 7.1 ranks first among drivers in the Cup series. Only Kahne and points leader Greg Biffle have average starts better than 10th among full-time drivers.
KAHNE AT DOVER: Kahne, driver of the No. 5 Hendrickcars.com Chevrolet, has one top-five finish, four top-10s and has led 88 laps in 16 Cup starts at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. He earned his best finish of fourth at the track last October after starting ninth. Kahne has seven starts inside the top 10 at the one-mile concrete oval and lined up fourth in this race last May.
LOOP DATA: During the last 14 races at Dover, Kahne ranks eighth among active drivers for fastest laps run with 197, according to NASCAR loop data. He has made 558 green-flag passes, ranking him 12th in that category among drivers in that time period at the one-mile concrete oval.
CHASSIS CHOICE: Crew chief Kenny Francis has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-717 for Sunday’s race at Dover. Kahne started ninth and finished eighth in this car at Kansas Speedway in April.
SEASON STATS: According to NASCAR’s statistical data through the first 12 races, Kahne ranks as the fastest driver late in a run and second among drivers in that timeframe for fastest laps run with 232 total. Kahne’s speed under the green flag ranks him third among competitors.
HENDRICK AT DOVER: In 56 Cup events (175 starts) at Dover, Hendrick Motorsports has 13 wins, 43 top-five finishes and 74 top-10s. Jimmie Johnson, who leads active drivers at Dover with six wins, needs just one more victory to rank 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.
ON A ROLL: Hendrick Motorsports has claimed the last five events hosted by the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, beginning with its 200th Cup victory on May 12 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway. The organization has gone on to win the Pit Crew Challenge (No. 48 team), Sprint Showdown (Dale Earnhardt Jr.), Sprint All-Star Race (Johnson) and last Sunday’s Cup event at Charlotte (Kahne).
KAHNE ON DOVER: “We were really strong at Dover last fall, so I’m looking forward to this weekend. It’s a challenging track with a tight pit road. Qualifying well and getting a good pit stall will be important. I hope we can keep building on the momentum the (No.) 5 team and our teammates have right now.”