NASCAR

Kahne likes his chances at Michigan

Share This Story

Lee Spencer

Lee Spencer is the Senior NASCAR Writer for FOXSports.com. She has provided award-winning coverage of auto racing over the last 15 years. Spencer has lent her expertise to both television and radio and is a regular contributor to SiriusXM Radio and the Performance Racing Network. Follow her on Twitter.

MORE>>
 
   
 

BROOKLYN, Mich.

One of the first drivers to bolt from the Michigan International Speedway garage on Saturday was Kasey Kahne.

Kahne, who starts third in Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400, posted the second-fastest time in Happy Hour and the best 10-consecutive-lap average in both second (197.383 mph) and final practice (196.046 mph).

Kahne needs a solid run after he finished 36th at Pocono last week. The No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevy developed what he initially believed to be drivetrain issues on the first lap.

So does Kahne believe he can win Sunday?

“Yeah, I feel like it,” Kahne said. “But track position will be pretty big, though, because the fast guys are all going to be so close. It’s going to be hard to just drive by Jimmie Johnson if he’s leading or Kurt Busch or one of the other guys because their speeds are so good. I think definitely on a long run, we’ll be just as good as anyone.”

Kahne’s only win at MIS came in this race in 2006, when he won from the pole. In 18 starts, the 33-year-old Enumclaw, Wash., native has seven top-five and eight top-10 finishes.

Kahne’s Hendrick Motorsports crew concentrated on fuel runs during the morning practice and “all speed and car stuff” in Happy Hour when conditions on the track more closely resembled the race.

As temperatures rose in the afternoon and the track rubbered in, several drivers, including Kahne’s teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr., complained of the car chattering on the track. Kahne experienced one episode, but had the car dialed in when practice ended.

“I don’t know why some guys were chattering,” Kahne said. “I chattered one time, but we were able to get it out of it. But chatter is bad. You chatter and it’s just not turning and it takes too long to get through the corner, back to the throttle and down the straightaway.

“We’re good, really balanced. Something we can work with throughout the whole race and keep under us.”

Tagged: Kasey Kahne

More Stories From Lee Spencer

Member Comments

Please note by clicking on "Post comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Use and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be Polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator.

powered by



NASCAR Videos

Larry’s Notebook: Is Jimmie Johnson Behind the Curve? Posted: Jul 15, 2014
Larry McReynolds weighs in on whether or not the No. 48 will be at a disadvantag...

Larry’s Notebook: Off-Week Blues Posted: Jul 15, 2014
Larry McReynolds weighs in on which teams will benefit the most from the week of...

Winner's Weekend: Brad Keselowski Unstoppable at Loudon Posted: Jul 15, 2014
The biggest issue the No. 2 team faced at Loudon was where to hide the champagne...

Fox Sports Store

    itemName itemURL imageSrc price itemDescription
    Chase Authentics Danica Patrick Big Rig Tri-Blend T-Shirt - Charcoal http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Danica_Patrick/browse/featuredproduct/974547/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_974000/ff_974547_xl.jpg&w=100 26.95 Chase Authentics Danica Patrick Big Rig Tri-Blend T-Shirt - Charcoal
    Kyle Busch One Spot Gauge T-Shirt - Black http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Kyle_Busch/browse/featuredproduct/1011659/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1011000/ff_1011659_xl.jpg&w=100 19.95 Kyle Busch One Spot Gauge T-Shirt - Black
    Matt Kenseth One Spot Gauge T-Shirt - Black http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Matt_Kenseth/browse/featuredproduct/1011661/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1011000/ff_1011661_xl.jpg&w=100 9.99 Matt Kenseth One Spot Gauge T-Shirt - Black
    Chase Authentics Carl Edwards 2013 Driver Schedule T-Shirt - Ash http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Carl_Edwards/browse/featuredproduct/1041164/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1041000/ff_1041164_xl.jpg&w=100 24.95 Chase Authentics Carl Edwards 2013 Driver Schedule T-Shirt - Ash