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KANSAS CITY, KS – With a second-place finish at Kansas Speedway; Kasey Kahne, No. 5 Farmers Insurance 85th Anniversary Chevrolet SS, moved into the second position in the overall NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings behind his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Kobalt Tools Chevrolet SS. It was Kahne’s sixth top-10 finish in 12 races at Kansas Speedway and his fifth top-10 finish of the 2013 season.
Johnson continues to lead the point standings following his third-place finish and 12th top-10 finish at the 1.5-mile tri-oval. The five-time NSCS champion now leads Kahne by 37 points after eight races in the 2013 season.
Other Team Chevy drivers scoring finishes in the top-15 today were: Jamie McMurray, No. 1 McDonald’s Chevrolet SS – 7th; Paul Menard, No. 27 Menards/Pittsburgh Paints Chevrolet SS – 10th; Kevin Harvick, No. 29 Bad Boys Buggies Chevrolet SS – 12th; Jeff Gordon, No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet SS – 13th; Ryan Newman, No. 39 Code ...
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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.
KANSAS RECAP: Kasey Kahne finished second after vying for the lead in the April 21 NASCAR Sprint Cup event at Kansas Speedway. During the last six races this season, Kahne has recorded one win, two runner-up results and five top-10 finishes.
POINT STANDINGS: After finishing second at Kansas, Kahne improved five positions in the driver standings and now ranks second. He trails leader...
In 2010, he had already signed a four year contract to drive for Rick Hendrick starting in 2012. It was clear that Mr. Hendrick saw a star in the then 30 year old. Since joining Hendrick Motorsports last season, Kasey Kahne already has two wins, including the Coke 600, four poles and a fourth place appearance in the Chase. Sitting second in points as the series heads to Richmond...
Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne talk to the media after the completion of the 2013 STP 400 from the Kansas Speedway. Johnson came home in the 3rd position and extended his points lead. Kahne was 2nd and moved into 2nd in the standings. Video courtesy of NASCAR Media Group.
Matt Kenseth battling late in the race for the win with Kasey Kahne.
Where have we seen his episode before?
In what looked to be a carbon copy of last month’s Sprint Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the win in Sunday’s STP 400 would come down to a late-race shootout between Kenseth and Kahne around the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway.
Once again dodging in and out of lapped traffic...
Matt Kenseth knew that he had a front-running car Sunday.
It was simply a matter of getting there.
So when a caution flag came out with several leaders on pit road, and Kenseth found himself leading the pack into the pits, he had a feeling things were going his way.
''That was the key,'' he would say later.
Kenseth won the race off pit road after taking two tires...
If you were monitoring Matt Kenseth on a scanner, you heard his spotter, Chris "Crazy" Osborne, telling the driver what line Kasey Kahne was running lap after lap as Kahne closed in to challenge for the win.
Was Kenseth planning to take Kahne's line away if it came to that, or was he still searching for a faster way around the race track?
"He was just trying...