The latest addition to Hendrick Motorsports' dream team inched five steps closer to a Chase berth with a savvy win on Sunday. Kasey Kahne, now sporting two wins on the season, has certifiably completed a total turnaround on his 2012 season.
After a disastrous start over the first handful of races, Kahne now has nine top-10's in the past 13 races, with two wins to boot. Is the man a lock for the Chase?
That’s the issue at stake in this episode of Bonus Points, a weekly feature in which Sports-at-Work writers Sam Salo and Luke Krmpotich debate a current issue in NASCAR, giving their takes on the way things ought to be. Sometimes, Sam and Luke will agree; other times, they may have slightly differing opinions; and on occasion, they'll be at each other's throats.
Each writer will also assign a "flag" value to his opinion on the question: checkered flag if it's a slam dunk, green flag if he's mostly convinced, yellow flag if it's a toss-up, red...