By admin | March 12, 2014
By Richard Allen
When it was announced almost three years ago that driver Kasey Kahne would join Hendrick Motorsports at the beginning of the 2012 season, expectations were through the roof. After all, how could there not be success when what was then considered one of NASCAR’s most talented drivers joins forces with the sport’s most powerful organization?
And there has indeed been some success from the pairing. Four wins in two seasons is better than many other teams within the Sprint Cup garage can boast. But somehow, it just seems as if there should be more.
Kahne got off to a miserable start in his first season with HMS back in 2012. His best finish in his first six races with his new team was only a 14th and there were three results outside the top-30. Still, he managed a comeback that landed him in the Chase for the Sprint Cup and ultimately resulted in a 4th place finish in the standings.
Seemingly, the end of the 2012 season set the stage for title contention in 2013.
And certainly, last year’s campaign got off to a better start than did that of the ‘12 season. In what seemed to be a sign of great success to come, Kahne won the fourth race of the season in the Food City 500 at the Bristol Motor Speedway. However, it really didn’t work out to be a season of great happenings for the Washington native.
Kahne went on to pick up a second win at Pocono later in the year, but that was intertwined with a long list of poor finishes. Much like the first year with HMS, the second season for this driver behind the wheel of the No. 5 Chevrolet proved to be a roller coaster ride of inconsistency. Along with 11 top-5s and 14 top-10s came 12 finishes outside the top-20 during the season that would see him ultimately settle for the 12th spot of the final standings.
It remains to be seen whether or not 2014 the trend of inconsistency will continue for the popular Kahne. So far, he has scored an 11th at Phoenix and an 8th in Las Vegas but those results combine with a 31st in Daytona to place him 15th in the current standings.
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