May 5, 2016 |
NO ONE HAS to remind Kasey Kahne that for the benefit of his racing career, he needs to qualify for this year's Chase. Kahne's last Sprint Cup series win was at Atlanta in 2014 when he made the Chase (he finished 11th). Kahne's stablemates at Hendrick Motorsports are formidable: Jimmie Johnson, a six-time Cup champion; Dale Earnhardt Jr., the series' most popular driver with 26 career wins, and impressive rookie Chase Elliott. It's time for Kahne (17 career Cup wins) to git 'er going.
September 30, 2014 |
DOVER, Del. - Give a NASCAR "Attaboys!" to the Daring Dozen, the 12 Chasers who move on to the Contender Round. Following Jeff Gordon's victory yesterday in the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway, the 12 are Gordon, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth, Ryan Newman, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin and Kasey Kahne. Their points are all reset at 3,000 prior to the next three races. Give a pat on the back and "good try, y'all" to the four who are eliminated from title contention: Kurt Busch, A.J. Allmendinger, Greg Biffle and Aric Almirola.
August 29, 2014
TWO RACES remain to complete the 16-driver Chase field. Atlanta and Richmond usually provide intense racing, so we're taking a wild guess here that the winless drivers seeking Chase berths will be racing with gritted teeth and wide eyes the next two races. There are 12 race winners this year, leaving four Chase spots to be filled. If none of the winless drivers collect their first victory, the Chase vacancies will be determined by points after Richmond. Entering Sunday night's race at Atlanta, here are the winless leaders, with points positions in parentheses: (5)
August 8, 2014 |
SOMETIMES WE tend to focus on what's wrong with NASCAR, so when a positive occasion occurs it deserves attention. Those who saw the end of last Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway will never forget it. It was one of the best finishes ever at Pocono. The way Dale Earnhardt Jr. held off Kevin Harvick in the closing laps was riveting. Rarely on television can the roaring crowd be heard over the noisy race cars, but Junior Nation was at full throttle. The way Earnhardt drove his No. 88 Chevrolet with Harvick stalking him in his No. 4 Chevy illustrated just how talented Junior is. One reason fans like Earnhardt is his enthusiasm for racing.
August 16, 2013
IT WOULDN'T BE NASCAR without a Feud of the Week. This week's feud matches Kasey Kahne against Matt Kenseth. Kahne regards himself as a clean racer. Therefore, he was upset when his Chevrolet was bumped by Kenseth's Toyota with 10 laps remaining in Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen. Kahne's damaged car crashed, relegating him to 34th place. Kahne is 12th in points, three behind 10-place driver Martin Truex Jr. With four races remaining before the Chase begins, Kahne's two wins have him leading for the two wild cards.
July 12, 2013
Camping World RV Sales 301 New Hampshire Motor Speedway Loudon, N.H. When: Sunday, 1 p.m. TV/Radio: TNT/WNPV (1440-AM) Course: 1.058-mile oval Distance: 301 laps/318.458 miles Forecast: partly cloudy, low 80s Last year's winner: Kasey Kahne Last year's pole: Kyle Busch, 133.417 mph Track qualifying record: Ryan Newman, 135.232 mph (July 2011) Track facts: NASCAR declined to penalize any of the 31 drivers whose cars failed inspection last week at Daytona.
June 27, 2013
THIS WEEK'S RACE Quaker State 400 Kentucky Speedway Sparta, Ky. When: Saturday, 7:30 p.m. TV/Radio: TNT/WNPV (1440-AM) Course: 1.5-mile oval Distance: 267 laps/400 miles Forecast: Chance of scattered thunderstorms, low 70s Last year's winner: Brad Keselowski Last year's pole: Jimmie Johnson, 181.818 mph (track qualifying record) Track facts: Last year, Keselowski led three times for 68 laps, including the final 56. Kasey Kahne was second; Denny Hamlin third...
May 23, 2013
THIS WEEK'S RACE Coca-Cola 600 Charlotte Motor Speedway Concord, N.C. When: Sunday, 6 p.m. TV/Radio: Fox 29/WNPV (1440-AM) Course: 1.5-mile oval Distance: 400 laps/600 miles Forecast: partly cloudy, mid-70s Last year's winner: Kasey Kahne Last year's pole winner: Aric Almirola, 192.94 mph Track qualifying record: Greg Biffle, 193.708 mph (October 2012) Track facts: The latest NASCAR Hall of Fame class was announced yesterday: drivers Tim Flock, Jack Ingram, Dale Jarrett and Fireball Roberts, and engine builder Maurice Petty.
April 22, 2013 |
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - 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 said later. Kenseth won the race off pit road after taking two tires under caution, and a No. 20 Toyota that had been strong all day slowly pulled away. Kasey Kahne trimmed into the lead once he moved into second, but Kenseth managed to block every move he tried to make.