In 2010, he had already signed a four year contract to drive for Rick Hendrick starting in 2012. It was clear that Mr. Hendrick saw a star in the then 30 year old. Since joining Hendrick Motorsports last season, Kasey Kahne already has two wins, including the Coke 600, four poles and a fourth place appearance in the Chase. Sitting second in points as the series heads to Richmond; Kahne might just be Hendrick’s next big thing.
Kahne acquired himself a full time Cup ride in 2004 with Evernham Motorsports at the ripe young age of 24. Ten seasons, five teams and now 15 wins later, he is one of the favorites for the Sprint Cup Series Championship this season. Second in points behind teammate and 5-time Champion Jimmie Johnson, Kahne already has a win at Bristol this season on his record.
This season, along with his win at Bristol, Kahne has two second place finishes including the one this past weekend at Kansas Speedway. His average finish in 2013 is just outside the top 10 due to a 36th place finish in the Daytona 500. With five top-10 finishes, Kahne does not look like he will be slowing down any time soon.
In an interview he did back in 2010 about his eventual move to Hendrick Motorsports, Kahne was very optimistic.
"I have a comfort level with Mr. Hendrick, my future teammates and the culture of the organization," Kahne said. "For me, it's the right fit on every level, and I think it gives me a great chance to win races and compete for championships.”
Kahne seems to fit in really well with his teammates even if they have their differences on the track. He and Jeff Gordon share a side of the race shop back at Hendrick Motorsports headquarters and you often see Kahne and one of the other drivers talking on pit road before qualifying or the race. Hendrick Motorsports is such a strong organization with drivers and teams capable of winning multiple races in a season which puts Kahne on the right path to becoming the next Sprint Cup Series Champion.