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 s...