Don't count on Kasey Kahne to overstate his case. A man of few words, he's never been known for making broad pronouncements or exaggerating his potential.
Make no doubt, though -- championship promise resides in this 32-year-old.
Kahne and crew chief Kenny Francis may be two of the more reticent men in the NASCAR Sprint Cup garage area, but that may actually work in their favor.
After all, they don't waste time in predictions. Instead, they talk calmly of the season ahead, address whether they can convert a fourth-place overall finish in 2012 into a 2013 title in basic terms -- and then turn their attention to going out and attempting to do just that.
Kahne has his best shot at a title right now. Entering his second season with Hendrick Motorsports, continuing with the crew chief he's worked with since 2006, when they partnered at Evernham Motorsports, and coming off a stellar season, Kahne is ready.
He's paid his dues. He's learned his lessons. He's watched and listened and tr...