Kasey Kahne

Kansas winner Jeff Gordon still a NASCAR contender after 20 years

Through the Gears: Four things we learned at Kansas
The four things we learned after Jeff Gordon's win in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' 5-Hour Energy 400 at Kansas Speedway.

Twenty years. That’s how long it’s been, on May 29, since Jeff Gordon won his first NASCAR Cup Series race at the ripe old age of 22. One of the first to do so well, so young, Gordon encapsulated the perfect mix of talent, speed, sponsorship and confidence cloaked in invincibility. Four titles in a seven-year span had many pegging him as the man to knock off Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt atop the Cup championship ladder.

NASCAR at Richmond: Sprint Cup Series returns to scene of 2013 drama

Geoffrey Miller's five things to watch at Richmond International Raceway
Each week, Geoffrey Miller’s “Five Things to Watch” will help you catch up on the biggest stories of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ upcoming race weekend. This week, a return to 2013 "scene of the crime," winless drivers Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth and Kasey Kahne, the downfall of Swan Racing and the return of The King highlight Saturday's Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway.

Each week, Geoffrey Miller’s “Five Things to Watch” will help you catch up on the biggest stories of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ upcoming race weekend. This week, a return to 2013 "scene of the crime," winless drivers Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth and Kasey Kahne, the downfall of Swan Racing and the return of The King highlight Saturday's Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway.

 

 

Kevin Harvick secures NASCAR career Grand Slam with win at Darlington

Through the Gears: Four things we learned in Darlington
Kevin Harvick and Rodney Childers are proving to be NASCAR's most dynamic duo of 2014 after their second win of the season in the Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.

Here’s a question for you: What does Kevin Harvick have that fellow modern-era drivers, both NASCAR Hall of Famers in Rusty Wallace and Dale Jarrett, do not?  Kevin Harvick

Exclusive Q&A with NASCAR Rookie Justin Allgaier

Rookie Report: Allgaier talks aggressive racing, dirt vs. asphalt and a failed Roush tryout
An exclusive Q&A session with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rookie Justin Allgaier.

Welcome to the Athlon Rookie Report, where each week David Smith will evaluate the deepest crop of new NASCAR Sprint Cup Series talent since 2006. The Report will include twice-monthly rankings, in-depth analysis, Q&A sessions with the drivers, and more.

Following the race last Sunday at Martinsville Speedway, rookie Justin Allgaier, driver of the No. 51 Brandt Chevrolet SS for HScott Motorsports sat down with David for an extended interview. What follows is an edited transcript of their chat.

NASCAR's Sweet 16 matchups at Martinsville Speedway

NASCAR in Bristol: Will aggression spike at the half-mile bullring?

Geoffrey Miller's five things to watch at Bristol Motor Speedway
NASCAR's new qualifying tweak, increased aggression, and Kasey Kahne's and Tony Stewart's opposite run of results in Bristol highlight Geoffrey Miller's "Five Things to Watch" as the Sprint Cup Series heads to East Tennessee for the Food City 500.

Each week, Geoffrey Miller’s “Five Things to Watch” will help you catch up on the biggest stories of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ upcoming race weekend. This week, Kasey Kahne’s and Tony Stewart’s opposite run of results at Bristol, the effect NASCAR’s revamped title format will have on the amount of in-race aggression at the bullring and an overdue qualifying tweak are just a few of the major topics leading us into Sunday’s 500-lap race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

NASCAR in Las Vegas: A Hendrick vs. Gibbs Showdown in Sin City

Geoffrey Miller's five things to watch at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
NASCAR debuts a new aero package, Kevin Harvick is on a hot streak, Roush Fenway Racing is off to a slow start, Dale Earnahrdt Jr.'s rotating spotters and a Hendrick vs. Gibbs showdown lead us into the Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Each week, Geoffrey Miller’s “Five Things to Watch” will help you catch up on the biggest stories of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ upcoming race weekend. This week, the debut of a new aero package, Harvick's hot streak, Roush's slow start, Earnahrdt's spotters and a Hendrick vs. Gibbs showdown lead us into the 400-miler at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

 

Las Vegas Motor Speedway: Previewing the Kobalt Tools 400

The NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide series visit Sin City
Previewing the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' Kobalt Tools 500 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The Kobalt Tools 400
Las Vegas Motor Speedway


Track Specs
Layout:
1.5-mile tri-oval
Banking/Turns: Progressive (18°-20°), Banking/Tri-oval: 9°, Banking/Backstretch: 3°  Las Vegas Motor Speedway

2014 NASCAR Driver Profile: Kasey Kahne

Consistency is key to Kahne's 2014 campaign
2014 driver profile for Kasey Kahne on the NASCR Sprint Cup circuit.

What Kasey Kahne needs most heading into the 2014 NASCAR season is a little luck. He couldn’t seem to find much of it in 2013 and, as a result, finished a distant 12th in the Chase standings. Entering the season among the title favorites, Kahne instead was caught in a tale of two extremes. When things were going right, he climbed as high as second in points, collecting trophies at both Bristol and Pocono along the way. But when they weren’t, the field blew by, including teammates Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

NASCAR Numbers Game: 6 Amazing Stats for Texas

David Smith crunches the numbers to reveal some telling stats for the AAA Texas 500
David Smith crunches the numbers for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Matt Kenseth was predictably able to overcome the hurdles in front of him last week, the Chase’s seventh round, at Martinsville. Now, his ballyhooed two-man NASCAR points battle with Jimmie Johnson heads to Texas Motor Speedway at a draw. For Kenseth, the intermediate racetrack is a sight for sore eyes; however, he’ll have to contend with Johnson, who isn’t getting near enough credit for his own Texas driving acumen.

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