In his second full season at Hendrick Motorsports, Kasey Kahne was pegged to be a Championship contender early in 2013. Fate had different ideas. Although he did rack up two wins, three DNFs and eleven finishes outside the top 20 proved that luck was not on the No.5 teams side.
Kahne went to Victory Lane at Bristol and Pocono in 2013 and even with two wins, had to rely on on the wild card to make it in to the Chase. Finishing 12th in a 13 driver Chase field, Kahne and the team were just wishing for the season to be over so they could focus on 2014.
The new season should be a good one for Kahne and Crew Chief Kenny Francis. Sharing the shop with the No.24 team of Jeff Gordon, Kahne and his team have a veteran driver to play off of and with equipment like Hendrick’s, running at the front is expected. Kahne has the talent and equipment to be a Championship driver, but he will need a little luck on his side.
For 2014, Kahne and his team need to focus on finishing races and racking up those top 5 and top 10 finishes. The teams downfall in 2013 was their lack of consistency. With an average finish outside of the top 15, Kahne had to fight his way up through the field more than he should have.
Hendrick Motorsports is the perfect place for Kasey Kahne and he fits in well with the organization but things need to turn around in 2014 for the No.5 team and I believe, after the season they had in 2013, it will.
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