In 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup starts at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Kasey Kahne has one top-five finish and six top-10s. He has started from the front row three times at the Magic Mile, including during the most recent event in September 2011. Kahne, who has led 207 laps at New Hampshire, finished sixth in this race one year ago.
LOOP STATISTICS: During the last seven Sprint Cup seasons at New Hampshire, Kahne has made 772 green-flag passes, ranking him fourth among competitors, according to NASCAR loop data. During the same time period, he ranks fifth for fastest laps run with 212. Kahne’s average speed late in a run at New Hampshire is eighth-fastest (123.643 mph). He also ranks ninth for green-flag speed at 124.094 mph and 10th for laps led with 176.
CHASSIS CHOICE: Crew chief Kenny Francis has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-663. Kahne has raced this car twice in 2012 and most recently scored a top-five finish at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway in April.
POINTS AFTER DAYTONA: Following his seventh-place finish at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, Kahne ranks 16th in the championship standings, 72 points behind 10th-place Clint Bowyer. Kahne is one of four drivers with one win apiece vying for a wild card position in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
2012 SEASON-TO-DATE STATISTICS: Halfway through the 2012 season, Kahne ranks tied for first as the Cup Series’ best qualifier with an average starting position of 8.3. He ranks second to teammate Jimmie Johnson for speed late in a run and third behind Johnson and Jeff Gordon for fastest laps run this season with 304. Kahne’s green-flag speed is fifth fastest among the competition.
HENDRICK AT NEW HAMPSHIRE: In 34 Cup races (122 starts) at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Hendrick Motorsports has eight wins, 34 top-five finishes and 53 top-10s. Gordon leads three statistical categories among drivers all-time there. He owns the most top-five finishes (15), most top-10s (19) and has led the most laps (1,304 total).
Kasey Kahne on New Hampshire: “We had a lot of speed at New Hampshire last fall and led some laps before it turned into a fuel-mileage race. I think with the power we get from Hendrick engines, we can have a good weekend. We need another win, if not two more, to make the Chase. The competition for the wild card spot is really strong right now. It would be great to get it this weekend and have that momentum when we come back to Loudon in September.”