Kasey Kahne

Drivers look to secure NASCAR Chase bids in Michigan

Geoffrey Miller's Five Things to Watch at Michigan International Speedway
Geoffrey Miller's five things to watch as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series hits Michigan International Speedway for the Pure Michigan 400.

Winning still not everything for nearly locked-in Chase drivers  Jimmie Johnson
Sunday’s green flag at Michigan International Speedway will leave just three left before NASCAR’s field for the Chase for the Sprint Cup is set. Series points leader Jimmie Johnson is the only one of the 43 drivers who will start the race who knows he’s completely and totally locked in the championship field.

NASCAR Numbers Game: 6 Amazing Stats for Michigan International Speedway

David Smith crunches the numbers to reveal some telling stats for the Pure Michigan 400
David Smith crunches the numbers to reveal some revealing NASCAR stats for the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

Let’s be clear: Joey Logano making the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase in 2013 should be considered a coup, not an expectation.

At 23 years old, Logano has underachieved in the eyes of many, but not under the watchful eye of Penske Racing, his new home at which he is blossoming this year. He’d be more firmly in Chase contention if not for the 25-point penalty incurred earlier this season, but 16th with a bullet probably also suffices for developing ahead of schedule.

Fantasy NASCAR Picks for Michigan International Speedway

Geoffrey Miller breaks down the best fantasy options for the Pure Michigan 400.
Jimmie Johnson and Greg Biffle top the list of fantasy picks for NASCAR's trip to Michigan International Speedway for the Pure Michigan 400.

To help guide you through the 2013 Fantasy NASCAR season, Athlon Sports contributor Geoffrey Miller will be offering his best predictions for each race. And because Yahoo's Fantasy Auto Racing game is arguably the most popular, he’ll break down the picks according to its NASCAR driver classes — A-List, B-List, C-List. The main picks are designed to make optimal use of Yahoo!’s 9-start maximum rule over the course of the season. The “also consider” section ranks unmentioned drivers strictly by expected result without consideration of start limitations.

Kyle Busch climbs back into NASCAR contention with Watkins Glen win

Through the Gears: Four things we learned at Watkins Glen
Reaction from Watkins Glen, where Kyle Busch beat Brad Keselowski in NASCAR's Cheez-It 355 at The Glen.

Second place really is the first loser. We hear that cliché overused in sports, and the last two weeks in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series have taught us the consequences of settling for runner-up. Last week there Jeff Gordon, seemingly in control of his Chase destiny until a late-race Pocono caution set up a green-white-checker finish with Kasey Kahne. The No. 5 car got the jump entering Turn 1, cleared his teammate through the Tunnel Turn and — voila! — Gordon’s victory vanished.

Hendrick Motorsports continues NASCAR domination at Pocono

Through the Gears: Four things we learned in Pocono
Reaction from Pocono Raceway, where Kasey Kahne beat Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon in NASCAR's GoBowling.com 400.

Jimmie Johnson isn’t the only driver this season that’s made a specialty of serving up wins for someone else. For Kasey Kahne, this year has been a long line of should-have-beens, as top 5s were the result in a car capable of outright domination out front. One of the best cars on intermediates this season, he’s instead on the Chase bubble through no fault of his own. Three restrictor plate wrecks — none of them completely of his making — combined with a wreck at Darlington while leading had him searching for a summer of redemption.

Jimmie Johnson dropping the "C" word — clarity — at Pocono

Geoffrey Miller's Five Things to Watch at Pocono
Geoffrey Miller highlights the five NASCAR storylines to watch in this weekend's GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway.

1. Pocono re-pave hasn’t taken kindly to Denny Hamlin  Denny Hamlin
The lore of Denny Hamlin’s exploits grew quickly at Pocono Raceway. That’ll happen when you win the first two races of your career at the tough-to-master speedway. Sprint Cup races, nonetheless.

NASCAR Numbers Game: 7 Amazing Stats for Sonoma

David Smith crunches the numbers for the Toyota-Save Mart 350
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<p> David Smith crunches the numbers and finds the key NASCAR stats for the Toyta-Save Mart 250 at Sonoma Raceway.</p>

With the first half of this year’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winding down, one of two annual visits to a road course — right-hand turns, everybody! — presents itself this weekend as the tour heads to Sonoma Raceway, a track that has seen eight different winners in the last eight years.

Biffle, Hendrick, Danica highlight NASCAR storylines in Michigan

Through the Gears: Four things we learned in the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan
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<p> Reaction from Greg Biffle's win in NASCAR's Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan Interantional Speedway.</p>

Greg Biffle’s 19th career NASCAR Sprint Cup victory Sunday brought him into a tie on the all-time list with Dale Earnhardt Jr., the man most pundits claimed was supposed to win in the Irish Hills. It was like “Opposite Day” come to life, considering the two couldn’t be more different. Earnhardt, revered through his personality and last name, is the sport’s most popular driver. The whole grandstand shakes the second they see him in position to lead a lap.

Greg Biffle, Ford snag Father's Day NASCAR win in Michigan

Biffle earns Ford's 1,000th NASCAR victory; Hendrick Motorsports falters late
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<p> Greg Biffle wins the Quicken Loans 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway.</p>

At no point in the last decade has winning a Sprint Cup Series race at the Michigan International Speedway been of more importance in the NASCAR ranks. A renewed emphasis on “manufacturer” over “car number” or “driver” — largely at the behest of Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota, the Cup Series’ three auto makes — has placed a premium on home field bragging rights near America’s automotive capital.

NASCAR heads to Michigan, mourns loss of Jason Leffler

Geoffrey Miller's Five Things to Watch at Michigan
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<p> Geoffrey Miller pays tribute to Jason Leffler and highlights the five storylines to follow as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series visits Michigan International Speedway.</p>

1. Reflecting on Jason Leffler, forever a hard charger
News of Jason Leffler’s death after a New Jersey sprint car crash ran fast, far and wide this week. His passing is, as it too often becomes, a startling reminder that race car drivers don’t compete in an arena like most other athletes.