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Kasey Kahne Hoping To Pull Off Another Cinderella Performance On Labor Day Weekend

Kasey Kahne Hoping To Pull Off Another Cinderella Performance On Labor Day Weekend

by September 1, 2015 0 comments

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DARLINGTON, SC – It was this time last year when Kasey Kahne drove to Victory Lane at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Labor Day weekend to race his way into the 2014 edition of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

Fast forward to one year later, and Kahne sits 17th in the championship standings, just 37 points back from Clint Bowyer who is 15th. Bowyer holds the final transfer spot to the Chase, due to Kyle Busch having four wins and currently sitting inside the top-30. The difference this season is that Kahne has three career wins at Atlanta Motor Speedway and only three top-five finishes at the Lady In Black.

Kahne’s highest finish at Darlington Raceway is a third, and he earned it during the 2005 season. In fact, during the three seasons he’s been driving for Hendrick Motorsports, Kahne has finished 8th, 17th and 37th at the raceway. It appears that Kahne is going to have to pull off another Cinderella performance on Sunday night during the Bojangles’ Southern 500 to have a shot at making the 2015 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

However, there are a few statistics that Kahne has going for him at the track Too Tough To Tame. He ranks fourth in laps led within the last 10 races at Darlington Raceway. Kahne has led 327 laps and trails Denny Hamlin who has led 357, Kyle Busch who has led 588 laps and Greg Biffle who has led an incredible, 637 laps. Also, out of Kahne’s 17 career victories, 10 of them have taken place during the summer months between Memorial Day and Labor Day, so before you completely write Kahne off for a victory on Sunday night, you may want to think again.

Kasey Kahne and the No. 5 Hendrick Ride Along Chevrolet SS team will join many others teams as they will compete with a throwback scheme this weekend. The No. 5 car will resemble Geoff Bodine’s 1984 All-Star Racing car. The throwback is significant because that was the year that Rick Hendrick’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team was originally founded. Bodine drove his way to three (Martinsville, Nashville and Riverside) wins out of the 30 scheduled races in 1984.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500 will broadcast live on NBC and the Motor Racing Network (MRN) on Sunday, September 6 at 7 p.m. ET.

Hunter Thomas
Hunter Thomas is a journalist who grew up in Darlington, S.C. His first motorsports-based endeavor was working as the Public Relations Director at Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, S.C., and his journalism start came while he was freelancing at his hometown newspaper, the News & Press while in college.

Hunter has been working within the NASCAR industry since 2010, and throughout the years, he has done everything from PR/Marketing for drivers and teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, to working at Rockingham Speedway. As a journalist, Hunter has covered everything from regional short tracks to NASCAR, ARCA Racing Series, World of Outlaws, Red Bull Global Rallycross, NHRA and much more.

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