We all anticipated what we are seeing out of Kasey Kahne. We all knew once he and long-time crew chief Kenny Francis joined Hendrick Motorsports, that the combination of those two and Hendrick's resources was going to be tough to beat. I said it last year and I still believe it today, Kasey was trying so hard at the early part of the season that it got him in trouble.
I think Kasey wanted to prove that he was worthy of being chosen by Mr. Hendrick to be one of his four drivers. It just seemed early on like Kasey was trying too hard and forcing some issues at times that just didn't need to be forced. Once he and Kenny settled in, you saw the performance take off in the second half of the season.
Just look at the beginning of the 2012 season compared to the end of the 2012 season for that No. 5 car. Kasey made the Chase and finished fourth for the season. He garnered two wins, 12 top-five finishes and 19 top-10 finishes in 36 races. That's a pretty remarkable recovery.
Now all sett...