Kasey Kahne

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
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.

Keselowski wins in Charlotte; important NASCAR test on tap

Through the Gears: Four things we learned at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Five things we learned following NASCAR's Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Forget the Sprint All-Star Race, the Coca-Cola 600 or Saturday’s 500-miler. NASCAR’s biggest race at Charlotte Motor Speedway happens on Monday in front of a handful of officials, mechanics and high-tech engineers. At stake: keeping the future of the sport intact after a season of less-than-scintillating competition with NASCAR’s much-ballyhooed Gen-6 chassis. It’s a test insiders say could kill off the dreaded “aero push,” enemy number one in what’s made trying to pass the leader a Mission: Impossible assignment.

Fantasy NASCAR Picks for Charlotte Motor Speedway

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 Sprint Cup Series driver classes — A-List, B-List, C-List. The main picks are designed to make optimal use of Yahoo!’s nine-start maximum rule over the course of the season.

Kahne takes a pass; Kenseth wins NASCAR night race at Bristol

Through the Gears: Four things we learned in the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol.
Post-race reaction from Matt Kenseth's win in the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Kasey Kahne, by his own admission, is NASCAR’s version of “Mr. Clean.” What else can you say after Bristol’s big fireworks show that never exploded? He had several prized opportunities Saturday to turn Matt Kenseth’s Dollar General Toyota and skate by for the win and a season sweep at the half-mile track. No one would have blamed him, either. All season, the No. 5 car has been swung into SAFER Barriers like clockwork by Kenseth and his teammates; they’ve made the old Allstate cougar accidents seem minor by comparison.