Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 9/7/14

TALLADEGA, AL - OCTOBER 30: Kasey Kahne sits in the #9 Budweiser Dodge in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AMP Energy 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 30, 2009 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)
You all know the old saying, "What a difference a year makes." Well, that sure applies to Kasey Kahne and that No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports team. If you go back to the beginning of Kasey's 2012 season, I believe when we left Bristol, he was something like 32nd in points. It was safe to say that his 2012 season had been pretty bleak to that point. He and his team did, however, turn it around eventually and Kasey got two wins plus made the Chase for the Sprint Cup through one of the two wild-card spots. This year he came off a great second-place finish two weeks ago at Las Vegas and then obviously backed that up with a dominating win at Bristol. I really think they are just picking up where they left off from the last half of the 2012 season. As I mentioned a week or so ago, don't forget that while he and crew chief Kenny Francis have been together for eight years, this literally is the first time in four or five years that nothing changed during the offseason. I see Kasey being a m...
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