Kasey Kahne, driver of the No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet, captured the first wild card spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup with a 12th-place finish at Richmond (Va.) International Speedway last weekend. This is Kahne’s third career Chase appearance and his first since 2009. He will open the Chase at Chicagoland Speedway as the 11th seed, 12 points behind first-place Denny Hamlin.
KAHNE AT CHICAGOLAND: In eight NASCAR Sprint Cup starts at Chicagoland Speedway, Kahne has one top-five finish and two top-10s. He enters Sunday’s event with four straight top-15 finishes at the 1.5-mile oval.
LOOP DATA: In the last seven races at Chicagoland, Kahne ranks as the best closer, moving up an average of 2.4 positions in the last 10 percent of each race according to NASCAR loop data.
1.5-MILE SUCCESS: Kahne has finished eighth or better in four of the five points races at 1.5-mile speedways this season, notably recording a win at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway and a runner-up finish ...