The NASCAR season is back upon us and it is time to get you caught up with everything that happened in the offseason. Start ‘N’ Park Blog will be going through their list of drivers running the full schedule in 2013 and telling you what you can expect from those drivers in the new year. Today’s entry is the driver of the #5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet, Kasey Kahne.
Driver: Kasey Kahne
Sponsor(s): Farmers Insurance/Quaker State/Time Warner
Team: Hendrick Motorsports
Crew Chief: Kenny Francis
2012 Finish: 4th
What’s new for 2013: Pretty much everything has stayed the same with this team, other than adding Time Warner for a couple of races. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
Mike’s Rank: 1st
Mike’s Take: I do re-read my previous picks and last year I mentioned give Kahne a year with HMS and look out. Well he got his year in, finished fourth overall, and now it’s time for everyone to watch out. I think he will come out of the gate strong and be the number one contender all season.
Jason’s Rank: 4th
Jason’s Take: Kahne will come off a great first year with Hendrick with an even better year by running up front a lot more. Kahne will start falling in the beginning of the Chase and he’ll never be able to recover for the championship but he’ll reach fourth by the time the season ends.
Brandon’s Rank: 3rd
Brandon’s Take: During the later stages of the season, Kahne showed a ton of speed. I think Kahne will have a great year with Kenny Francis.
Brittany’s Rank: 7th
Brittany’s Take: I wanted Kahne higher, but at Hendrick Johnson and Gordon will out run him.