Kasey Kahne is entering Watkins Glen on a high.
He’s coming off of two straight top five finishes including a win last weekend in Pocono Raceway where he had a dominant car. After being outside the top 10 for an extended period of time he finally got the No. 5 Chevrolet back into contention where he doesn’t have to rely on race wins.
After winning at Pocono his second of the year, he’s likely safe to make the Chase now even if he falls back out of the top 10 as he currently sits ninth entering this weekend’s race.
That is a good thing to have to back him up since he struggles at the road course in northern New York.
This Sunday will be Kahne’s 10th start at Watkins Glen as he has zero top 10′s in his previous nine races there. He’s the only driver in the top 12 in points not to record a top 10 as he has an average finish of 18.4.
This track is among the worst for Kahne as he just typically struggles there. He doesn’t have much road racing in his background as he was a former USAC racer working his way up through the ranks to Cup racing that way. Road racing has never been a strong suit for him. He’s one that doesn’t want a road course in the Chase for obvious reasons.
Now, Kahne just has to survive this weekend and look forward to a championship run. That win last week was huge as he is likely to fall out of the top 10 in points this weekend if he’s not careful but has those two victories to fall back on as he’d be the top wildcard if so.
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