In eight NASCAR Sprint Cup starts at Sonoma, Calif., Kasey Kahne has one win and two top-five finishes. He has earned two pole positions and started in the top 10 in his last six races at the 1.99-mile road course. Kahne has completed 97.7 percent of all laps attempted at the track (865 of 888 total) and led a total of 41 laps.
CHASSIS CHOICE: Crew chief Kenny Francis has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-674. Mark Martin drove this car in both 2011 road course races, finishing 19th at Sonoma and 25th at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International.
LOOP DATA: Kahne’s average starting position of 7.6 ranks him second among full-time drivers during the last seven races at Sonoma, according to NASCAR loop data. During the same period, he ranks eighth for fastest laps run with 27 and eighth for laps led with 41.
2012 SEASON-TO-DATE STATS: After 15 races, Kahne rates as the series’ best qualifier with an average starting position of 7.5. He is also the fastest driver late in a run this season, according to NASCAR loop data. Kahne is ranked third behind teammates Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon for fastest laps run with 275. His speed under the green flag ranks him third among the competition.
POINTS REPORT: Following Sunday’s event at Michigan International Speedway, Kahne is 16th in the Sprint Cup standings. He is one of four drivers with one win competing for a wild card spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
HENDRICK AT SONOMA: In 23 Cup events (78 starts) at Sonoma, Hendrick Motorsports leads the competition at the road course in victories (six), top-five finishes (26), top-10s (37), pole positions (nine) and laps led (572). Gordon owns five of Hendrick Motorsports’ wins at Sonoma, while Johnson earned the organization’s most recent victory there in 2010.
Kasey Kahne on Sonoma: “Hendrick Motorsports has done a lot of road course testing this year, so I think we’re prepared for Sonoma. I’ve qualified really well here in the past. These tracks are always a challenge, but I think our Hendrick Chevrolet will be very competitive.”