Kahne remains optimistic

LONG POND, PA - AUGUST 01:  Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway on August 1, 2014 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

LONG POND, PA – AUGUST 01: Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway on August 1, 2014 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

LONG POND, Pa. – Kasey Kahne is winless this season; he owns two top-five finishes this season, but is in solid position to make the Chase on points.

Kahne was a threat at Indianapolis, leading a race-high 70 laps and finishing sixth in his Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. It was his fourth top-10 finish in the last six races.

“I think it was good for me to lead laps. We hadn’t done a whole lot of that this season,” says Kahne, the defending champ in the GoBowling.com 400. “It was the first time (this) season we have put a whole race together.

“We got some confidence out of it. Hopefully we can carry that into this weekend. I think our cars are really good here.”

Hendrick has produced the last four Cup winners at Pocono with Jeff Gordon (2012), Jimmie Johnson and Kahne (2013) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. in this June’s 400 miler.

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