Kasey Kahne

Kasey Kahne

Kasey Kahne
Kahne in 2012
Born Kasey Kenneth Kahne
(1980-04-10) April 10, 1980
Enumclaw, Washington, U.S.
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 150 lb (68 kg)
Achievements 2000 USAC National Midget Series champion
2006, 2008, 2012 Coca-Cola 600 winner
Sprint All-Star Race XXIV winner
2010 Gatorade Duel winner
Awards 2004 Nextel Cup Series Rookie of the Year
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
429 races run over 12 years
Car no., team No. 5 (Hendrick Motorsports)
2014 position 15th
Best finish 4th (2012)
First race 2004 Daytona 500 (Daytona)
Last race 2015 Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 (Martinsville)
First win 2005 Chevy American Revolution 400 (Richmond)
Last win 2014 Oral-B USA 500 (Atlanta)
Wins Top tens Poles
17 156 27
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
212 races run over 14 years
Car no., team No. 88/5 (JR Motorsports)
2014 position 84th
Best finish 7th (2003)
First race 2002 1-866RBCTerm.com 200 (Rockingham)
Last race 2015 Drive for the Cure 300 (Charlotte)
First win 2003 Ford 300 (Homestead)
Last win 2014 Subway Firecracker 250 (Daytona)
Wins Top tens Poles
8 85 9
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
6 races run over 5 years
Truck no., team No. 00 (JR Motorsports)
Best finish 47th (2004)
First race 2004 Darlington 200 (Darlington)
Last race 2015 North Carolina Education Lottery 200 (Charlotte)
First win 2004 Darlington 200 (Darlington)
Last win 2015 North Carolina Education Lottery 200 (Charlotte)
Wins Top tens Poles
5 6 1
Statistics current as of November 1, 2015.

Kasey Kenneth Kahne (; born April 10, 1980) is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently drives the No. 5 Chevrolet SS for Hendrick Motorsports in the Sprint Cup Series, the No. 88 and No. 5 Chevrolet Camaros both in the Xfinity Series for JR Motorsports on a part-time basis as well as their No. 00 Chevrolet Silverado for one race in the Camping World Truck Series.

Off the track, Kahne is active in charitable work and is a member of the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation. He also owns his own race team, Kasey Kahne Racing, which competes in the World of Outlaws series, fielding three cars for Daryn Pittman, Cody Darrah and Brad Sweet; his team also fields a car in the USAC Sprint Car Series for Brady Bacon and in USAC midgets for Sweet. Kahne is a 2-time Skagit Speedway winner of the Annual Jim Raper memorial Dirt Cup (2002 and 2003) and currently holds the fastest lap record there.

Kahne has scored 17 career wins in the Cup Series, including three Coca Cola 600s in 2006, 2008 and 2012. He also was the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Rookie of the Year in 2004.


  • Racing career 1
    • Beginnings 1.1
    • Sprint Cup Series 1.2
      • 2004 1.2.1
      • 2005 1.2.2
      • 2006 1.2.3
      • 2007 1.2.4
      • 2008 1.2.5
      • 2009 1.2.6
      • 2010 1.2.7
      • 2011 1.2.8
      • 2012 1.2.9
      • 2013 1.2.10
      • 2014 1.2.11
      • 2015 1.2.12
  • Personal life 2
  • Film and television 3
  • Motorsports career results 4
    • Complete Atlantic Championship results 4.1
    • NASCAR 4.2
      • Sprint Cup Series 4.2.1
      • Xfinity Series 4.2.2
      • Camping World Truck Series 4.2.3
    • ARCA Re/Max Series 4.3
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Racing career


Kahne began racing open wheel sprint cars at Deming Speedway at 17 in Deming, Washington, before moving up to Skagit speedway in Alger, Washington, and then he moved to USAC. In 2001, Kahne made a trip to Pennsylvania where he won the season opener at the historic Williams Grove Speedway. He was hired by Steve Lewis, who had also employed future NASCAR drivers Jeff Gordon, Jason Leffler, Tony Stewart and Kenny Irwin, Jr. In his first year on the circuit, he was named Rookie of the Year, as well as winning the national midget championship. He continued to run USAC, as well as the Toyota Atlantic Series and the World of Outlaws.

Kahne made 20 starts in the Nationwide Series driving the #98 Channellock Ford Taurus for Robert Yates Racing. His best finish was a tenth-place finish at Cabela's 250. In 2003, he moved to the #38 Great Clips Ford for Akins Motorsports. He won his first pole at Michigan International Speedway and his first Nationwide race at the Ford 300. In 2004, he also made a pair of starts in the Craftsman Truck Series at Darlington Raceway and Homestead-Miami Speedway, driving the #2 Team ASE Racing Dodge Ram for Ultra Motorsports, winning both races.

Sprint Cup Series

Kahne replaced Bill Elliott in the #9 Dodge for Evernham Motorsports at the end of the 2003 season when Elliott announced a part-time schedule starting with the 2004 season. Since Kahne was still under contract with Ford, the manufacturer filed a lawsuit against him to try to prevent the move. Ford eventually got money from Kahne, allowing him to go to Dodge.


Kahne's 2004 #9 Dodge

In 2004, Kahne surprised many by nearly winning several races (including five 2nd-place finishes and 13 top 5's), winning 4 poles and captured the Raybestos Rookie of the Year Award. He narrowly missed the Chase for the Nextel Cup after Jeremy Mayfield, his teammate, claimed the final spot.[1] He drove 30 races for Akins in the Busch Series, finishing 13th in points.


Kahne scored his first career Sprint Cup victory in his sophomore season of 2005, after a dominating performance in the Chevy American Revolution 400 at Richmond International Raceway. It was also the first win for the Dodge Charger, which returned to NASCAR that year. It was the first time a dodge won a race at Richmond International Raceway since Richard Petty did so in 1975. In addition, he became the first driver born in the 1980s to win a race in NASCAR's premier series. He also scored 2 poles in back-to-back weeks at Darlington and Richmond during the same year. Despite this, he was plagued with inconsistency and slumped to 23rd in the points. He made 22 starts in the Busch Series, splitting time with Akins and Evernham's new #6 team. He won the O'Reilly 300 at Texas Motor Speedway and the United Way 300 at Kansas Speedway.


Kahne races by in the #9 Dodge Charger.

On March 20, 2006, Kahne won the rain-delayed Golden Corral 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Nearly three weeks later, he won the Samsung/Radio Shack 500 at Texas. After that, he won four more races — a season sweep at Lowe's Motor Speedway in the Coca-Cola 600 and in the Bank of America 500 holding off Jimmie Johnson (who finished second in both race) and victories at California and Michigan.

On September 9, 2006, Kahne successfully raced his way into the Chase for The Cup after finishing third in Richmond. He was the 10th and last qualifier to make the Chase. He edged defending Sprint Cup Champion Tony Stewart out by 16 points, but a disappointing 16th-place finish at New Hampshire, a crash at Dover, and running out of gas at Kansas ended his hopes for his first championship title. Kahne rebounded a second at Talladega, his sixth and final win of the season at Charlotte, and an eight place finish at Martinsville brought him to eighth in the points and had a realistic chance to win the 2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup Championship. Kahne was running in the top ten at Atlanta with less than 70 laps to go and would be fourth in the points if he finished in the top 10. Unfortunantly, disastor struck when Kahne moved to the outside off of turn 4, not realizing that the 40 of David Stremme already occupied the real estate. Kahne slid into him and was forced to go to the garage. Kahne returned several laps down only to park his 2006 Dodge Dealers/McDonald's-sponsored Dodge Charger after the crew realized that even if he competed the remaining laps, he would not gain a single position. So Kahne stopped the car after noticing he also wouldn't lose any positions. That made an impact on his season as he felt to 1oth place, the last place among the Chase drivers. He would end the season with two top 10s at Phoenix and Homestead-Miami and by doing that, he moved up a spot in the standing each time to finish in eighth place in the points standings. Kahne also won 2 Busch Series races that year that were overshadowed by arguably his best Cup season ever.

On November 27, 2006, Kahne was honored by being invited to raise the traditional 12th Man flag prior to the Seattle Seahawks Monday Night Football game against the Green Bay Packers at Qwest Field in Seattle. The ceremony has been ongoing since 2003, and involves a different Seattle-area sports hero and/or beloved member of the community kicking things off before every Seahawks home game.[2] The Seahawks beat the Packers 34–24.


Kahne in a pit stop during the 2007 Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

During the qualifying for the 2007 Daytona 500, officials found holes in the wheel-wells of his Dodge Charger. A crew member said it was just tape that had fallen off of a hole in the tire. Officials said that the tape had been cut. He was one of the four drivers among Matt Kenseth and his two teammates, Scott Riggs and Elliott Sadler, whose cars had been found with aerodynamic-improving modifications. His team was one of the six teams found with illegal modifications in the Daytona festivities.

On May 26, 2007, Kahne won the Busch Series CARQUEST Auto Parts 300 race at Lowe's Motor Speedway scoring his first win of 2007.

On August 24, 2007, Kahne won the pole for the Sharpie 500 at Bristol, becoming his second pole of the 2007 Nextel Cup Series. Later that night, during the Busch Series Food City 250, Kahne passed Ryan Newman on the top side in a 3-wide pass that included Jason Leffler on the bottom. He held off the hard charging Leffler to win the Food City 250 for his 7th career Busch Series win and his 2nd of 2007.

The next day during the Sharpie 500, Kahne dominated most of the race leading 305 out of 500 laps and finished 2nd to Carl Edwards. This was his best finish of the 2007 season.

Kahne practicing for the 2007 Ford 400 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway.

On November 16, 2007, at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Kahne was accused by Archibald Hutchinson, a 62-year-old track security guard, of shoving Hutchinson to the ground. The incident occurred when Kahne was attempting to enter the motorhome lot and Hutchinson refused entry due to Kahne not having the proper credentials. Kahne claimed he had bumped into the security guard as he attempted to walk around the guard to enter the lot. Hutchinson was taken to the infield medical center following the incident complaining of elevated blood pressure. He was treated for scrapes and bruises and later released.[3] Kahne faced a misdemeanor assault charge over the incident which he pled not guilty to. Hutchinson also filed a civil suit against Kahne seeking more than $15,000 for medical bills, lost wages, and punitive damage.[4] In December 2008, the court agreed to dismiss the criminal charges and give Kahne a clean record upon completion of 50 hours of community service and a donation of $50 to a court charity.[5] Hutchinson, through his attorneys, dismissed the civil suit in September 2009 following an undisclosed settlement.[6]

After a disappointing 2007 season, Kahne finished 19th in points with 0 wins, 1 top 5, 8 top 10's, and an average finish of 22.2.


Kahne's 2008 Sprint Cup Series racecar

With the new sponsor Budweiser (which didn't go with Dale Earnhardt Jr. due to Rick Hendrick's strict policy of no alcoholic sponsorships), Kahne started off the 2008 season strong by finishing in the top 10 in both the Budweiser Shootout and the Gatorade Duel.

As a result of fourth-place finish in the duel, Kahne started 10th in the 50th Daytona 500 on February 17. He finished seventh behind teammate Elliott Sadler in the 2008 Daytona 500, was a repeat of the 2007 race where they both also finished sixth and seventh respectively.

In the early laps of the Auto Club 5000, Kahne worked his way from 20th to 14th, but brushed the wall on lap 7. However, he was able to finish ninth after the race went under a long rain delay. Kahne had to start in the back due to an engine change in the UAW-Dodge 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but he did go on to finish sixth.

On May 17, Kahne was voted into the Sprint All-Star Race XXIV by his fans via cell phone text messaging and online voting. After making a required "stop-and-go" pit stop, Kahne began the fourth segment second on old tires. He went on to win the race and earn $1,012,975. Kahne became the first driver to win the race from the fan vote and the third driver to race in the Sprint Showdown and go on to win the All-Star race.

On May 25, he won his second Coca-Cola 600 passing Tony Stewart with two laps to go, as Stewart had a flat tire going into turn 1. This was Kahne's first points-paying win of the season. He also became the sixth driver to win the 600 and the All-Star Race the same year.

Kahne receives his 2008 Pocono 500 trophy.

On June 6, Kahne won the Pocono 500 from the pole despite being 38th at one point during the race after a miscue in the pits. On June 20, he won another pole for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway, his second pole in three races. However, after handling issues early in the race, Kahne fell victim to pit road, went a lap down, and finished 33rd.

Following two consecutive 40th-place finishes (a Bristol Motor Speedway wreck caused by miscommunications between Casey Mears and his spotter, and an engine failure Michigan International Speedway ), Kahne found himself sitting outside of the top 12, out of contention for the Chase. At the start of the last regular season race, at Richmond International Raceway, he, David Ragan, and Clint Bowyer were vying for that 12th spot. Unfortunately for him, Kahne was not able to make up enough points to put him into the Chase for the Sprint Cup. He missed the 2008 Chase by 69 points and ended the season finishing 14th.


Kahne's new team for 2009, Richard Petty Motorsports, was the result of a merger between his team's previous incarnation, Gillett Evernham Motorsports and Petty Enterprises. The year started off inconsistent for Kahne, with early top 10 finishes at Atlanta and Bristol. Kahne won the Toyota/Save Mart 350 event on June 21, 2009, for his first road course win. Kahne ran fewer events in other NASCAR series than previous seasons, only seven (four in the Nationwide Series, three in the Whelen Modefied Tour). With less distractions, Kahne's Sprint Cup stats slightly improved.

After a hot summer streak that saw three top 10's in a row, Kahne climbed into Chase contention. During the Pep Boys Auto 500 on September 6, 2009, Kahne made a late race pass and held off Kevin Harvick for his second win of the season. Following the first 26 races of the season Kahne was in the top twelve in points, earning him a place in the Chase for the Championship. He was seeded fourth in points. After suffering an engine failure at New Hampshire and a crash in California, Kahne struggled to get back into contention for the championship and finished 10th in the final season standings, despite finishing 2nd at the AMP Energy 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.


On September 10, 2009, it was announced that Richard Petty Motorsports would merge with Yates Racing. Kahne would remain as one of four drivers of RPM alongside his current teammates Sadler and Allmendinger, as well as Yates Racing driver Paul Menard.[7] The team changed manufacturers to Ford and received Roush-Yates engines and other equipment from Roush Fenway Racing.[8]

Driving the new Ford Fusion car, Kahne won the Gatorade Duel #2 at Daytona International Speedway on February 11, 2010, He also finished in second position in the 2010 Budweiser Shootout. Kahne ended up 30th in the Daytona 500 after being wrecked late in the race. He had been running up front for most of the race and had the fastest lap of the race. Kahne had a strong car at the Auto Club 500; however he spun late in turn 4.

Kahne had a good run at Atlanta a few weeks later where he led the most laps in the race, and finished inside the top five. During the following couple of months, Kahne would be unable to compete for race wins as mistakes and wrecks put a dent into the teams Chase hopes.

During the Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 at Pocono Raceway he had a top-five car all race long, but due to a late race caution, some teams stayed out on track instead of joining the leaders on pit-road. This put Kahne in the back end of the top twenty, and during the green-white-checkered finish Kahne tried to make it three-wide while battling for tenth place. However, he was blocked and ran down into the wet grass by his teammate A. J. Allmendinger. Kahne spun back into the racing surface and was hit by Greg Biffle and Mark Martin. The #9 car took off and landed on top of the outside wall, hit a tree behind the wall and span back onto the track on all four wheels. Kahne and Biffle both put the blame on Allmendinger for causing the huge crash.

Kahne rebounded from the disappointment at Pocono by leading laps in the following race at Michigan and finishing 2nd, behind the dominant Denny Hamlin. He also qualified on pole for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway the following week; and converted the pole position into a solid 4th-place finish; after bouncing back from a poor first stint, to post back-to-back top five finishes.

In qualifying for the 2010 Carfax 400 at Michigan International Speedway, Kahne earned his second pole position of the season.[9] On October 3, 2010, Kahne started the Price Chopper 400 at Kansas Speedway from the pole position.[10]

On October 20, 2010, Kahne was released from the remainder of his contract with Richard Petty Motorsports. The next day it was announced that Kahne would drive for Red Bull Racing Team for the remainder of the season as well as the full 2011 season starting with the TUMS Bring It On 500 at Martinsville Speedway.[11]

After the 2010 season finale in Homestead, Kahne went in for knee surgery due to discomfort and pain caused by plica syndrome.[12]


On April 13, 2010, Kahne announced that he would be leaving Richard Petty Motorsports at the end of the 2010 season to race in 2012 with

Preceded by
Jimmie Johnson
Casey Mears
Kevin Harvick
Coca-Cola 600 winner
Succeeded by
Casey Mears
David Reutimann
Kevin Harvick
Preceded by
Jamie McMurray
NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Rookie of the Year
Succeeded by
Kyle Busch
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External links

  1. ^ Caraviello, David (January 20, 2014). "TOP 10 ROOKIE CAMPAIGNS AT NASCAR'S HIGHEST LEVEL".  
  2. ^ "12th MAN Flag Raiser - Kasey Kahne".  
  3. ^ "Kasey Kahne being sued for alleged Homestead assault". AutoRacing Sport. December 23, 2007. Retrieved July 6, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Kahne pleads not guilty in alleged shoving incident". 
  5. ^ "Kasey Kahne will have record cleared upon completion of community service". Scene Daily. December 8, 2008. Retrieved July 6, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Security guard ends civil suit against Kasey Kahne, NASCAR". Scene Daily. September 3, 2009. Retrieved July 6, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Richard Petty Motorsports to Race Fords in 2010" (Press release). Richard Petty Motorsports. September 10, 2009. Retrieved September 13, 2009. 
  8. ^ Newton, David (September 11, 2009). "RPM taking over Yates Racing". ESPN.com. Retrieved September 13, 2009. 
  9. ^ Ryan, Nate (August 15, 2010). "Kasey Kahne cruises to pole position at Michigan". USA Today. Retrieved October 3, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Kahne takes Kansas pole". Sky Sports. October 3, 2010. Retrieved October 3, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Kahne to drive the No. 83 for Red Bull Racing." (Press release). ESPN.com. October 20, 2010. Retrieved October 20, 2010. 
  12. ^ [6], November 19, 2010.
  13. ^ "Kahne going to Hendrick in '12; next season uncertain" (Press release). NASCAR.com. April 13, 2010. Retrieved April 13, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Kahne in a Red Bull Toyota for 2011". Red Bull Racing. August 10, 2010. Retrieved August 10, 2010. 
  15. ^ [7]
  16. ^ "NASCAR : NASCAR Drivers, Race Standings & News - NASCAR.com". nascar.com. Retrieved August 3, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Farmers Insurance to sponsor Kasey Kahne at Hendrick Motorsports". ESPN.com. Retrieved August 3, 2015. 
  18. ^ Harris, David (March 29, 2012). "Kahne Revealed Truck Plans On NASCAR Race Hub". SPEED Channel. Fox Sports. Retrieved 2012-03-30. 
  19. ^ "Kahne scores third 600 win, first at Hendrick". NASCAR.com. NASCAR. May 27, 2012. Retrieved 2012-05-27. 
  20. ^ "Kasey Kahne". racing-reference.info. Retrieved August 3, 2015. 
  21. ^ "2013 Kobalt Tools 400". racing-reference.info. Retrieved August 3, 2015. 
  22. ^ "Kasey Kahne battling flu in Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte - NASCAR - Sporting News". Sporting News. Retrieved August 3, 2015. 
  23. ^ "2013 Coca-Cola 600". racing-reference.info. Retrieved August 3, 2015. 
  24. ^ Bruce, Kenny (June 16, 2013). "Trouble snares Hendrick quartet at Michigan".  
  25. ^ Gelston, Dan (August 4, 2013). "Kahne holds off Gordon to win at Pocono Raceway".  
  26. ^ Kasey Kahne [kaseykahne] (October 13, 2015). "I officially became a dad at 1:11 AM to Tanner Lee Kahne. Mom and tanner are doing great. On no sleep but we can't put this little guy down" (Tweet). Retrieved October 13, 2015. 
  27. ^ [8] Episode Guide, Biography Channel: Driven to Win.
  28. ^ [9] NASCAR Drivers: 360 (2004).
  29. ^ [10] "The Rise of Kahne," Motorsports Management International, November 24, 2009.


() (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

ARCA Re/Max Series

* Season in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

Camping World Truck Series

Xfinity Series

Sprint Cup Series

() (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)


Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Rank Points
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Complete Atlantic Championship results

Motorsports career results

Kasey Kahne Racing, NASCAR Media Group and Motorsports Management International partnered to produce the 2009 release, "The Rise of Kahne." This 90-minute biographical profile features interviews with Kahne, his family and other NASCAR personalities. Footage covers the stock-car racer's open-wheel roots and successes leading up to his June 2009 win at Infineon Raceway, his first for Richard Petty Motorsports. The DVD also shows his work with the Kasey Kahne Foundation and his own sprint car race team.[29]

Kahne was featured in the premiere episode of the 2006 Biography Channel series, "Driven to Win".[27] This 30-minute program covered Kahne's childhood and entry into NASCAR, as well as his 2004 Rookie of the Year season and his first win in 2005. He was also featured in two episodes of the second season of NASCAR 360 on the FX Network.[28]

Film and television

Kahne and his girlfriend, Samantha Sheets, became parents on October 13, 2015, to a son named Tanner Lee.[26]

Personal life

In the 2015 Coca-Cola 600, he brought home a 12th-place finish, followed by another 13th-place finish at Pocono, where he finished 13th. He won the pole for the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan and finished 15th after the race was declared official due to persistent rain. In two of those past five races, he scored two top 10's: fourth at Dover and eighth at Sonoma. After finishing 32nd in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona and 27th at Kentucky, he finished in the top 20 at New Hamphsire, bringing home a 19th-place finish. At Indianapolis Motor Speedway, he finished 24th. At Pocono, Kahne lost control of his car out of turn 3 on the 6th lap and hit the wall on pit road, sending crew members scrambling. He hit the wall hard, causing it to buckle. A red flag was out so the officials could repair the pit wall. Kahne's car was towed to the garage and never returned to action, resulting in a 43rd-place finish.

Kahne made his return to the Truck Series driving the No. 00 Haas Automation-sponsored Silverado for JR Motorsports at Charlotte. Kahne beat 18-year-old Erik Jones by 0.005 seconds which was tied for the second closest finish in NASCAR Truck Series competition. This time, Kahne was able to win the race despite a restart with only two laps to go on the bottom side. The win was Chevrolet's 200th win in the Camping World Truck Series.

At Kansas, Kahne again qualified 2nd, but like just like at Las Vegas and Auto Club, he disappointingly finished 17th.

At Talladega, Kahne qualified a season best second and was running in the top 15 when Trevor Bayne got turned around causing a 15-car pileup. Kahne was unable to avoid the crash and went to the garage with damage. He would finish 34th.

After qualifying outside the top 35 at Richmond, Kahne surprised many with a sixth-place finish a day after the race was postponed due to rain.

At Martinsville, Kahne's top 10 start came to a close after falling several positions following the last restart, resulting in an 11th-place finish. His career has long been plagued by a lack of talent on restarts often takes him large chunks of laps to make up the positions he gives up on said restarts.

At Auto Club, Kahne fought his worst car yet, in the 2015 campaign from a 19th place in qualifying, to at one point early in the race, outside the top 30, to eighth place with two laps to go. Kurt Busch was winning the race and was competing in just his second race following a 3 race suspension for allegations of Domestic Violence by ex-girlfriend Patricia Driscoll. NASCAR flew a caution flag as Busch was less than half a lap away from taking the white flag. Under NASCAR's rules, a caution on the last lap would end the race while a caution with two laps to go allows a two lap green-white-checkered finish. Not only did Busch lose, but a stack up of cars in the insid ahead of Kahne made him finish 17th.

At Las Vegas, Kahne ran in the top 2 for most of the first two-thirds of the race. On a restart, Kahne fell from second to fourth. While battling Carl Edwards to regain third on his way back to end, Edwards refused to lift off the gas. This gave Kahne absolutely no where to go except the turn 4 wall. After making contact with the wall with the right side of his Time Warner Cable-sponsored Chevrolet SS, Kahne retaliated in turn 1 by sideswiping Edwards with his left side of his car. The impact cause Edwards to spin and make contact with the left rear of Denny Hamlin's #11 Fedex-sponsored Toyota. Hamlin's remarkable driving avoided him from crashing head on into the turn 1 wall and causing a 10-15 car pileup. Edwards also used great car control, but hit the wall that neither was a SAFER barrier or contained a tire pack, which were installed to other portions of the track prior to the race weekend. Edwards had damage to his car's nose, resulting in a trip to the garage. He returned only to fail to gain any positions and finished 42nd. Kahne's second contact with Edwards lead to in two full sized tire marks, but the damage had already occurred. It was never the same and after pitting with less than 20 laps to go, he went on to finish 17th one-lap down to most-laps-leader and race winner Kevin Harvick.

Kahne started the 2015 season with consistency by finishing ninth in the Daytona 500, 14th at Atlanta, 17th at Las Vegas, fourth at Phoenix, 17th at Auto Club, 11th at Martinsville, and eighth at Texas.

Kahne's car during practice for the 2015 Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.


At Atlanta, Kahne controlled the final 15 laps of the race. With 3 laps to go it seemed like he lost it when a caution came out. He lost 4 spots on pit road, but after 2 more cautions, sped by Matt Kenseth and won the race to clench a spot in the Chase. It was his first only win of 2014. He finished 15th in the standings being eliminated from round 2 of the Chase. Kahne received a 3-year contract extension with HMS in November which runs until the conclusion of the 2018 season. It was announced a day earlier that long time engineer and Jamie McMurray's 2014 crew chief, Keith Rodden, would return to HMS and replace Kenny Francis as Kahne's crew chief. Francis had been Kahne's crew chief since the 2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Replacing Francis ended the second longest driver/crew chief pairing (Jimmie Johnson and Chad Kanaus currently still have the longest driver/crew chief pairing) in NASCAR in the first two decades of the 21st century.

Kahne began ending rumors of his departure from Hendrick Motorsports with a sponsorship extension with Farmers Insurance for 12 races in the 2015-2017 seasons.At the Brickyard 400, Kahne led 70 laps due to great track position but lost the lead on a restart with 17 laps left to Jeff Gordon and ended up sixth.

Kahne struggled in the first-half of the season. He came close to a win at Pocono in June but hit the outside barrier late in the event, costing him his shot at the win. Kahne said that Kyle Busch was yet again responsible for the crash and Kyle himself took responsibility that night. When Kahne heard that Kyle Busch apologized for the wreck he shrugged it off and said "I don't care to talk to him anymore about our wrecks. Tired of his aggressiveness and the fact that his performances are affecting my own results."

Kahne scored an upset win at the Nationwide Series' Jalepeno 250 passing teammate Regan Smith on the final lap. The margin was 0.021 seconds.


He qualified for the Chase, but any chance of him winning ended with a crash at Loudon. Early in the 2013 Sylvania 300, Kahne got loose, wheel-hopped and hit a barrier extremely hard. Kahne was uninjured but caused controversy when he acted like he could not hear a reporter in his interview which led many to speculate that Kahne suffered a head injury. Kahne apologized for causing the false alarm & said he was too angry to talk about it and that he was not injured.

At Pocono in August, Kahne started 1st. He led 1 lap of the race and was involved in a tight battle with Tony Stewart for the lead in the final laps. A decision by Gordon to take the final restart on lap 158 on the inside lane gave Kahne the opportunity to draft past Gordon in turn 1 and then sail away to his second career Pocono race victory and second win of the 2013 season, bringing him up to eighth place in the points.[25] His form didn't carry to Watkins Glen, though, where he was wrecked by Matt Kenseth on a late restart that saw him collide with Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and finish 33rd. Kahne then had a seventh-place finish at Michigan, and then a runner-up finish at Bristol behind Kenseth for the third time in 2013.

Following the DNF at Michigan, Kahne rebounded with a sixth-place finish at Sonoma and an 11th-place finish at Kentucky. At Daytona, Kahne was running behind Jimmie Johnson for most of the race until he got tagged by Marcos Ambrose on a late restart, sending him into the inside wall on the back straightaway and relegating him to a 32nd-place finish. This was followed by an 11th-place finish at New Hampshire, and a third-place finish at Indianapolis.

Kahne's season also started with a number of run-ins with Kyle Busch, who wrecked him in three of the first 11 races: at the Daytona 500, Kahne was running in the top-five when Busch turned him approaching turn 1 on lap 33, resulting in a seven-car wreck also collecting Tony Stewart, Juan Pablo Montoya, Jamie McMurray and other cars. At Talladega, on lap 43, Kahne was in the outside lane when Busch turned him into the wall again heading towards turn 1. Kahne bounced off the wall and back into Busch and collected an additional 14 cars, including Kevin Harvick, David Reutimann, Brian Vickers, Tony Stewart, Marcos Ambrose, Greg Biffle, Jeff Burton, Casey Mears, Jamie McMurray, Jeff Gordon, Kurt Busch, David Stremme and Scott Speed. Later, at Darlington, another incident happened when Busch sent Kahne into the wall while being challenged for the lead late-race, causing a caution. At the Coca-Cola 600, Kahne had influenza and there was doubt he could finish the race.[22] This didn't stop him from leading the most laps and nearly winning the race, but Kevin Harvick got by him on a restart with 11 laps to go.[23] At Michigan, Kahne led the race, but slid into the turn 2 wall, and the car caught fire. Kahne finished 38th, and dropped down four spots in the points standings to 12th.[24]

Kahne had a slow start to the season, finishing 36th and 19th at Daytona and Phoenix, respectively.[20] However, at Las Vegas, he led 114 laps (which was almost twice the number of laps he had led in all of his previous Vegas starts) and finished second to Matt Kenseth despite an impressive charge in the last laps.[21] Kahne was able to redeem himself for this near-miss the following week by winning at Bristol. After Bristol, he had a strong run at Auto Club Speedway in which he finished ninth—he then had an even stronger run at Martinsville, where he had one of the best cars and finished fourth. He then finished eleventh at Texas. At Kansas, Kahne again finished second to Kenseth in a finish very similar to the finish at Las Vegas.


Kahne announced in late March that he would compete for Turner Motorsports in the Camping World Truck Series at Rockingham Speedway in April, driving the No. 4 in the Good Sam Roadside Assistance 200.[18] In that race, he led 47 laps and went on to win. On May 27, Kahne picked up his first win of the season at Charlotte in the Coca-Cola 600, his 13th win of his career, and his first with Hendrick Motorsports.[19] On July 15, Kahne won the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at Loudon, and along with teammate Jeff Gordon made the Chase through the two Wild Card spots. During the Chase, Kahne won poles at Talladega and Kansas. He ended the season a career-best fourth place in the points, with 2 wins, 4 poles, 12 top five finishes and 19 top ten finishes.

In 2012 Kahne drove the #5 Farmers Insurance/Quaker State/HendrickCars.com Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports, consequent with Mark Martin's move to Michael Waltrip Racing. In the Budweiser Shootout he was involved in an early accident in the first segment. His teammates Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. were eliminated in crashes during the second segment. Kahne qualified and ran well in his Gatorade Duel, but in the Daytona 500 was taken out in a crash on lap 188 involving Jamie McMurray, Regan Smith, Carl Edwards, Brad Keselowski, Tony Stewart and Aric Almirola. He finished 29th.


Kahne finished the 2011 season 14th in points behind Clint Bowyer.

On November 13, at the newly configured Phoenix International Raceway, Kahne held off Carl Edwards in the closing laps to take his first victory of the season, his first victory for the Red Bull Racing Team, and Kahne's first victory in over two years. Kahne only led the final 14 laps of the race.

He did not make it into the 2011 Chase for the Sprint Cup, resting at 21st in points following the cut-off race, the Wonderful Pistachios 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 10.

Kahne dominated the early stages of the Brickyard 400, but spun late in the race and had to settle for 18th position. He led 48 laps, a race-high.

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