Kasey Kahne has found his happy place -- at Hendrick Motorsports.
After eight tumultuous seasons in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series, Kahne, 32, has found stability behind the wheel of the No. 5 Chevrolet.
Before the season began, the pairing of Kahne and the Hendrick juggernaut had pundits predicting that this team would be Chase-bound. Heck, some believed with the nucleus of Kahne's coaching staff intact (crew chief Kenny Francis and race engineer Keith Rodden accompanied the driver to Hendrick), this could be his year to sit at NASCAR's championship table in Las Vegas.
However, after a challenging Speedweeks at Daytona, followed by a rash of wrecks and mechanical failures, Kahne and his crew have had to battle back after a season low of 32nd in the point standings to 12th following his second win of the season two weeks ago at New Hampshire. And with his second victory, Kahne jumped to the top of the wild-card standings.
Afterward, instead of jetting off to a well-deserved retreat ...