DOVER, Del. –Kasey Kahne comes from a track where he’s won four times, including last Sunday — Charlotte — to one where he’s never been to Victory Lane — Dover.
The Monster Mile has been a mixed bag for the driver of the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. Kahne has qualified well at Dover, with an average starting spot of 12.8, but his finishes have been, on average, a disappointment: 22.6.
His past six starts at Dover have included three finishes of eighth or better, including a career-best fourth last fall, and three finishes of 20th or worse.
“I think it’s tough,” Kahne said of the high-banked track. “The concrete is part of it and then just the high speeds — and there’s some roughness to the track as well. The entries (to the corners) are really tricky . . .
“The corners look really similar, but it’s as difficult as any track we go to, to get the whole track right and to get that balance throughout a whole 400-lapper here.”
Kahne hit his average start for Sunday’s race, qualifying 13th in Saturday’s time trials. He enters the event with a string of six straight top-10 finishes on the line.