Kasey Kahne 2014 driver profile
January 27, 2014, NASCAR.com
Kasey Kahne endured a slow start to his second season at Hendrick Motorsports, finishing 36th in the Daytona 500 and 19th at Phoenix International Raceway the following week. Then, like a locomotive building a head of steam, Kahne and his No. 5 Chevrolet SS team ran second at Las Vegas Motor Speedway followed by a victory at the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. The remainder of the year unfortunately was a similar roller coaster ride with top 10s followed by issues that knocked him back a few spots in the standings. Kahne still made the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup thanks to a Wild Card earned by his second win of the year in the GoBowling400.com at Pocono Raceway. Despite two runner-up finishes in the Chase, back-to-back runs of 36th and 27th at Talladega Superspeedway and Martinsville Speedway foreclosed any shot at the 2013 title.
Before being signed by Hendrick Motorsports in late in 2010 for 2012, he spent the interim year (2011) at the now defunct Team Red Bull where he was victorious in a Toyota at Phoenix.
Ray Evernham hired Kahne for his nascent team in 2004. From then until 2010 Kahne drove for a team with Evernham’s DNA. He had two victories in 2008 and 2009 driving for the team then known as Richard Petty Motorsports and Gillett Evernham Racing, respectively. Two years previous, in 2006, Kahne notched six victories in a Dodge and finished eighth overall, which was his best finish until finishing fourth in 2012. Kahne started in open-wheel racing winning the United States Auto Club national midget title in 2000.
Team: Hendrick Motorsports
Car: No. 5 Farmers Insurance/Great Clips/Time Warner Cable/Pepsi MAX Chevrolet SS
Birthdate: April 10, 1980
Hometown: Enumclaw, Wash.
Team Owner: Rick Hendrick
Crew Chief: Kenny Francis