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Kasey Kahne attends, grand marshals robot race
Kasey Kahne got to Kansas a little early this weekend, and he spent his extra time officiating a robot race. Of course, it was all part of his appearance at St. Joseph Catholic School in Shawnee, Kansas, as part of the #ThankATeacher event, but still -- robots. Whoa! Check out @KaseyKahne as a grand marshal for a student robot race!! Kids coded the robots to race. pic.twitter.com/iBBdS9HFy5 — Farmers Racing (@FarmersRacing) May 5, 2016 The Hendrick Motorsports driver also announced a $100,000 grant for the school through Kahne's sponsor Farmers Insurance Thank America's Teachers program, in what appeared to be an all-around exceptional event. This team won the race by using code to make their car move. ThankAmericasTeachers is a great program @WeAreFarmers pic.twitter.com/GYR39TfwF4 — Kasey Kahne (@kaseykahne) May 5, 2016 Good times with students and teachers from St. Joseph's Catholic School today. ThankAmericasTeachers @WeAreFarmers pic.twitter.com/oGUHXqkE41 — Kasey Kahne (@kaseykahne) May 5, 2016 Hendrick has a full gallery of photos of the event over on their site if you'd like to see more.
Kasey Kahne , 'I tried,' after missing 2016 Chase
Kasey Kahne fought for a top-ten finish at Richmond International Raceway, but missed out on making the 2016 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
Drive to End Hunger joins forces with Kasey Kahne
Kasey Kahne is picking up where Jeff Gordon left off in helping promote the AARP Foundation's Drive to End Hunger campaign, with Hendrick Motorsports ' relationship with the cause extending to a sixth Sprint Cup season. Drive to End Hunger will be primary sponsor of the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet at two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in 2016: Aug. 20 at Bristol Motor Speedway and Nov. 6 at Texas Motor Speedway . The cause will be an associate sponsor for the team in all other premier series events. The Drive to End Hunger launched in 2011 as a primary sponsor for Hendrick Motorsports and four-time Sprint Cup Series champion Gordon. Since its inception, the organization has donated more than 34 million meals. "Drive to End Hunger has been an incredible partner of Hendrick Motorsports ," Kahne said in a press release. "They made an unbelievable impact with Jeff, and I'm excited to work with them to continue those efforts and make a difference for the millions of older Americans who need our support. We hope to do as much good as possible and keep building this great relationship." Kahne joined Hendrick Motorsports in 2012 and has five victories in the No. 5 Chevrolet. So far in 2016, Kahne has two top-10 finishes, his best mark of the season two weeks ago at Texas. He has 17 career race wins. "Winning races takes a team, and teamwork is at the core of all our efforts to create a food-secure nation," said Lisa Marsh Ryerson, AARP Foundation president. "That's why we are so pleased to continue our relationship with Rick Hendrick, whose commitment to winning is unparalleled, and to have Kasey Kahne join us as we work to help the more than 10 million older Americans who face the threat of hunger every single day." The No. 5 paint scheme will be a little different from the one fans saw on the No. 24. The design uses a black background with candy apple red and white accents, highlighted by a sleek matte finish. The hood will showcase a larger Drive to End Hunger "Forked D" logo. "We continue to be inspired by Drive to End Hunger and the response it receives from the NASCAR community," said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports . "Thanks to our amazing fans and the great work of AARP Foundation, many people have received life-changing assistance. That's ultimately how our success is measured, and we look forward to doing much more together."
Panasonic picks up primary sponsorship for Kasey Kahne
CONCORD, N.C. (Jan. 12, 2016) -- Panasonic Toughbook will become a primary sponsor of the No. 5 Chevrolet SS team of driver Kasey Kahne in 2016, continuing its nearly decade-long relationship with 11-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports . This season, Panasonic will be featured as a No. 5 team primary sponsor in two Sprint Cup races -- Feb. 28 at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Oct. 2 at Dover International Speedway -- and as an associate-level partner in all other events. "We've partnered with Hendrick Motorsports for almost a decade because they exemplify the attributes the Panasonic and Toughbook brands represent -- quality, performance, reliability and leadership," said Jan Ruderman, vice president, Business Mobility Group, Panasonic System Communications Company of North America. " Kasey is an extension of the Hendrick Motorsports brand and an exemplary competitor in his own right. As we enter the 2016 NASCAR season, we believe our partnership with Kasey , his team and Hendrick Motorsports will deliver great results both on and off the track." Panasonic became a Hendrick Motorsports technology partner in 2007 and expanded its program in 2014 by adding on-car sponsorship. It was a two-race primary sponsor of the No. 24 Sprint Cup team in 2014 and 2015 as part of its current three-year agreement that runs through 2016. Panasonic leverages the Hendrick Motorsports relationship to promote its Toughbook mobility products and other technology solutions for business. Throughout its Concord facility and at racetracks across the United States, Hendrick Motorsports employs Panasonic innovations, including Toughbook computers, Toughpad tablets, cameras, displays, digital signage and projection units. The team also utilizes Panasonic's professional video products to support its in-house content production capabilities. "The partnership influences all areas of our company," said Patrick Perkins, Hendrick Motorsports ' vice president of marketing. "Panasonic products are used in every Hendrick Motorsports department, from competition to marketing, and we've seen the results. We're proud to continue the relationship and look forward to more wins together in 2016 and beyond." Since joining Hendrick Motorsports in 2012, Kahne , 35, has earned three Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup berths and five race wins with the No. 5 team. The Enumclaw, Washington, native has 17 career wins, 27 pole positions and 156 top-10 finishes in NASCAR's top division. "I'm happy to be part of Panasonic's continued relationship with Hendrick Motorsports ," Kahne said. "They're a worldwide brand, and their technology helps with our performance every day, both on and off of the racetrack. It's a partnership that directly impacts our whole organization and will help give us every opportunity for success in 2016."
Sad Kasey Kahne shows up at Panthers-Seahawks
Inside Groove: Racing with an attitude Kasey Kahne is from Washington but lives in North Carolina. With his Seattle Seahawks jersey on, he was in enemy territory Sunday at the Seahawks-Carolina Panthers NFL playoff game. Credit to Kahne for supporting his hometown team, but this one got ugly quickly. The Panthers led 31-0 at halftime (and held on for a 31-24 win), leading many in NASCAR Nation to wonder how Kahne was holding up. Thanks to a gem of a photo from crew chief Keith Rodden, we learned the answer. Not so well. And his teammates certainly weren't helping matters. WHAT'S HOT: Abreu wins Chili Bowl " How 'Intimidator' had foot up on field @JimmieJohnson @kaseykahne he's still alive. pic.twitter.com/ZwLAxbkqeB — Keith Rodden (@keithrodden) January 17, 2016 Poor guy https://t.co/4NoBJ6cREH — Brad Keselowski (@keselowski) January 17, 2016 Keep a close eye on him bro, Daytona isn't too far out. https://t.co/8mk2pTdp4A — Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) January 17, 2016 I don't know where @kaseykahne is but someone better be watching the little guy... — Clint Bowyer (@ClintBowyer) January 17, 2016 It appears he is very unhappy. https://t.co/PAOiurmvNT — Dale Earnhardt Jr . (@DaleJr) January 17, 2016 Buddy I love ya but one thing I'm sure of is your boys r going to have to climb Mount Everest! https://t.co/l0yzrtoTuW — Jeff Gordon (@JeffGordonWeb) January 17, 2016
Harvick: 'So out of control I went to Kasey Kahne'
Kevin Harvick speaks about his contract extension at Stewart-Haas Racing and explains why he went to Kasey Kahne to talk about the situation surrounding Harvick's long-term deal.
Kyle Busch, Kasey Kahne make contact again
RELATED: Kahne -Busch incidents through the years CONCORD, N.C.—It looked like Kyle Busch would drive away to a victory in Friday's NASCAR XFINITY Series Drive for the Cure 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway . But after leading 102 laps, Busch lost a top-two position on Lap 147 to race winner Austin Dillon and Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Erik Jones . Busch dropped back to third and was racing JR Motorsports and fellow NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kasey Kahne for the position. Then on Lap 151, Busch and Kahne made contact in Turn 4 that sent "Rowdy" into the wall and brought out the third and final caution of the race. Kahne appeared to make contact with Busch's back bumper, which sent him up the track and into the wall. There had been more contact before that while the two were racing side-by-side over several laps. The Lap 151 contact was costly for both drivers, hurting either of their chances at a win, but the damage was worse for Busch, who suffered heavy damage to the right side of his No. 54 Toyota. That led Busch to say over the radio, "The most obvious dump I've ever seen." Busch brought his wounded machine to the garage, where he ended the night 47 laps down and with a 31st-place finish. Kahne , who finished 12th, was not quite sure why Busch was beating on his car before the accident, but he did offer up his perspective. "Kyle got mad because he got into it with his teammate on Turn 2 on the start and it shuffled him back to where I was," Kahne said after the race. "I'm racing to try and get by where he was. He's down on me in the corners and I'm against him on the straightaways just doing normal stuff and then he starts beating on me down the back and in the front. "I overdrove Turn 3, got into him. I don't know why he started beating on me other than I think he was frustrated because his teammate kind of used him up a little bit and then got away from him in Turn 2." With both drivers regulars in the sport's top series, does Kahne expect there to be payback Saturday night? "I would hope not," Kahne said. "I don't know why he would want to have that battle. What, he wrecked me five times a couple years ago? Put me in a bad position for those two years when he was doing that. I don't think he wants that battle on Sundays." And while both drivers will be back on track Saturday night in the Sprint Cup Series Bank of America 500 (7 p.m. ET, NBC, PRN, SiriusXM), the two will likely not be on track in the XFINITY Series until next month at Phoenix International Raceway . Kahne is slated to be in the No. 88 Chevrolet for JR Motorsports that weekend, while Busch has been making regular starts in the No. 54 Toyota over the past several months. Over the years, Kahne and Busch have been involved in several wrecks with each other, notably and most recently at Pocono in June of 2014 as well as at Darlington in May of 2013. The duo even made a bet on Super Bowl XLVIII; after Kahne's beloved Seattle Seahawks beat Busch's favorite team, the Denver Broncos, Busch had to wear Seahawks gear en route to 2014 Daytona Speedweeks. Busch was not available for comment after the race, but his wife Samantha tweeted the following. Gonna keep it classy n just say 54 car was great tonight, crew did awesome and proud to support breast cancer awareness month w a pink car — Samantha Busch (@SamanthaBusch) October 10, 2015
Kasey Kahne careens into pit road wall
Driver hits hard coming out of Turn 3, exits race RELATED: Full race results " Updated series standings LONG POND, Pa. -- Kasey Kahne lost control of his No. 5 Chevrolet on Lap 4 of Sunday's Windows 10 400 , hitting the inside pit wall and bringing an early end to his day in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway. "I just got really loose really late, so far off the corner," Kahne told reporters outside the infield care center. "Really late exit. Not sure why or what happened. I just jumped out and you are so far off the corner that it's a slow slide so far down pit road. It was crazy. I've never ended up over there like that. I don't know why that was." Kahne came off of Turn 3 and smacked the wall of pit road hard around pit stalls 39 and 40, which were the pit boxes of AJ Allmendinger and Travis Kvapil . The hit caused major damage to Kahne's car and damage to the pit road wall. A NASCAR spokesperson confirmed there were no injuries in the incident. For his part, Kahne said "I'm fine" and added that "I wasn't afraid I hit anyone because it threw me right back off the wall. I was hoping that everybody saw me coming because I was coming fairly fast." Pocono Raceway President/CEO Brandon Igdalsky and track workers inspected the damage before workers welded the damaged wall as a red flag was displayed. That red flag lasted 14 minutes, 43 seconds. The incident was similar to what happened to Jeb Burton and his No. 26 Toyota in Saturday's final practice session. Burton came off of Turn 3 loose and went into the pit road wall. The damage from that hit forced the Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate to a backup car for Sunday's race. The early exit and last-place finish for Kahne could not have come at a worse time for the Hendrick Motorsports driver. After an eighth-place finish at Sonoma Raceway in June, Kahne was eighth in the point standings. Since then, Kahne has not finished better than 19th, with a 32nd-place result at Daytona, 27th-place finish at Kentucky, 19th-place finish at Loudon and a 24th-place result at Indianapolis. "That's really bad for points," Kahne said. "It's bad for just our team to lose a car that quickly into this race. And the last month has been really bad, and that was worse. I don't know what the deal is right there, how that happened. I just lost it, late exit and spun. Got loose, spun." Entering Pocono, Kahne was 13th in the point standings and holding the second-to-last spot in the provisional Chase Grid. Sunday's 43rd-place finish unofficially dropped him to 15th in the points standings, but he's still in the Chase Grid in the No. 16 spot. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Kasey Kahne honoring Hendrick's beginnings
( Photo courtesy of: Hendrick Motorsports ) RELATED: Darlington's throwback paint schemes Hendrick Motorsports and driver Kasey Kahne will pay tribute to the organization's inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season this weekend with a special throwback paint scheme similar to the one run by former driver Geoff Bodine. The majority of Sprint Cup Series teams will feature retro paint schemes on their cars this weekend as part of the return of the annual Bojangles' Southern 500 to Labor Day weekend at Darlington Raceway . Known at the time as All-Star Racing, team owner Rick Hendrick fielded the No. 5 Chevrolet for Bodine with veteran crew chief Harry Hyde calling the shots during the 1984 season. If not for a victory by Bodine, his first in the series, at Martinsville Speedway , the successful Hendrick Motorsports organization of today might never have existed. "We finished 35th in our first Darlington race back in '84 and nearly closed the doors," team owner Rick Hendrick said. "Martinsville was next on the schedule, and Harry Hyde did a great sales job and talked me into running one more race. "He was convinced Geoff could win (at Martinsville) and, thankfully, he was right. We were able to get a sponsor (Northwestern Security Life), which allowed us to finish the season and set the table for everything that's happened since." Today, HMS is a four-team Sprint Cup organization fielding entries for Kahne , Jimmie Johnson , Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr . HMS drivers have won 11 Sprint Cup titles (Johnson 6, Gordon 4, Terry Labonte 1) and 237 races. "There's so much history at Hendrick Motorsports with the wins and championships, so to go back to when it started with All-Star Racing, Geoff Bodine and that paint scheme is great," Kahne , who will run the retro look at Darlington as well as Richmond International Raceway , said. "It would mean a lot to win the Southern 500. It's always been one of the races that I've wanted to win … To do it in this car that time of the year right before the Chase, it would be a perfect time." RELATED: Kahne knows he needs win to earn Chase berth As part of a two-race partnership between Hendrick Motorsports and Hendrick Automotive Group, fans can register to win an all-expenses-paid trip to Charlotte, N.C. for a ride-along with Kahne as well as a behind-the-scenes tour of HMS. Click here for more information. "We've had a lot of success when our two companies have worked together on programs," Hendrick said "When Darlington announced the throwback concept, we thought it would be a great opportunity to bring back the All-Star Racing car and build a sweepstakes for fans and customers. "Seeing the paint scheme on the track at Darlington and Richmond will bring back a lot of memories."
Kasey Kahne wins Coors Light Pole award in Michigan
Kevin Harvick will also start from the front row in Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400 RELATED: Full qualifying results " See the 43-car lineup BROOKLYN, Mich. – Kevin Harvick had his sights set on a clean sweep of knockout qualifying at Michigan International Speedway —until Kasey Kahne had other ideas late in Friday’s final round. Kahne sped around the two-mile track in 35.645 seconds (201.992 mph) to knock Harvick off the pole for Sunday's Quicken Loans 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race (1 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM). Harvick, who posted a 201.613 mph lap in the final session, had topped the charts in the first two rounds, matching Kahne's pole-winning time in the second. The Coors Light Pole Award was Kahne's first of the season and the 27th of his career—but his first since the October 2012 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway . Brad Keselowski (201.449 mph) qualified third, followed by Carl Edwards (201.067 mph) and Ryan Blaney (201.056 mph), who is running a partial schedule in the No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford. With a 2012 repaving project having narrowed the racing groove at Michigan, Kahne underscored the value of starting up front—and staying there. "It's going to be really important," said Kahne , who also gets the benefit of selecting pit stall No. 1., closest to the exit from pit road. "The track is going to change a lot, though, come Sunday, with all the racing going on this weekend and then our practices (on Saturday). "The track will be a lot different Sunday. So, there will be some passing for sure, but it's not going to be easy. So track position will play a big role in being there at the end of the race." Harvick remains the only driver to sweep all three rounds of qualifying at a single track, a feat he accomplished last year at Michigan and Indianapolis, but he fell .067 seconds of doing so for a third time. "I don't know that I got everything out of it (the final lap), but the rounds were within seven hundredths (of a second) of each other, " Harvick said. "The guys were doing a great job, and Kasey just got a little bit better lap there than we did." With possible rain in the forecast, Blaney was nervous as qualifying approached, but not because of the competition. If rain had washed out time trials, the Wood Brothers Racing car would not have made the field, based on fewest qualifying attempts this season—a product of a limited schedule. "It was funny the way it played out," Blaney said. "It looked like two cells coming at us (on the radar), and a small slit in the middle of them, and we passed right through that slit. That was just kind of lucky for us. "Like I said, it would have stung knowing how good of a car we had in practice if qualifying rained out. We're fortunate to get it in, and it's a bonus to have a good race car." Brendan Gaughan , who unlike Blaney would have benefited from a rainout, failed to make the 43-car field.