Kahne Motivated By Early Success
“I feel like we have a great team and we’re in a really good spot right now,” said Kahne after running second to Kansas winner Matt Kenseth.
Statistically speaking, Kahne has been hot and cold at Richmond. He scored his first Sprint Cup victory at the .75-mile track in spring 2005 leading 242 of the 400 laps.
Kahne’s Driver Rating of 87.8, however, ranks 12th among current competitors and his average finish is 18.0.
Judging a driver’s present with his past can be deceiving. Kahne’s Richmond statistics are a mix of 18 races with Hendrick, Red Bull Racing, Richard Petty Motorsports and Evernham Motorsports.
Better to consider what Kahne has done on short tracks in 2013: a victory at Bristol and fourth at Martinsville, where he qualified second and fifth, respectively.
Hendrick Motorsports is tops among active Sprint Cup owners at Richmond with 10 wins. The team’s drivers – Johnson, Kahne, Earnhardt and Jeff Gordon – combine for nine Richmond victories.