Kasey Kahne's Biography from Nascar.com
Birthday: April 10, 1980
Hometown: Enumclaw, Wash.
YEAR-BY-YEAR CUP SERIES RECAP
2009 -- Finished 10th in series points. ... Won two races for the second consecutive season. ... His victory at Infineon Raceway on June 21 brought legend Richard Petty back to Victory Lane as an owner for the first time since John Andretti won at Martinsville on April 18, 1999. ... Kahne entered the Chase seeded fifth, but finished 32nd or worse three times in the final 10 races.
2008 -- Finished 14th in series points. ... Voted into All-Star Race and won; then won the Coca-Cola 600 the following weekend. ... Also won the season's first Pocono event. .. Started on the pole at the first Pocono race and at Sonoma.... Was in the series standings' top 12 for the first eight weeks of the season.
2007 -- Finished 19th in series points. ... Finished with one top-five, eight top-10s and two poles. ... Had six DNFs during a frustrating season in which he dipped as low as 36th in the standings. ... Earned poles at Bristol and Las Vegas.
2006 -- Finished eighth in series points. ... Finished with six wins, 12 top-fives and 19 top-10s. ... Won a series-high six races and a career-high six poles. ... Earned first Chase berth. ... Finished in the top 10 for the first time in his career.
2005 -- Finished 23rd in series points. ... Earned first career win May 14 at Richmond. ... Finished with two poles, one win, five top-fives, eight top-10s and nine DNFs. ... Earned back-to-back poles at Darlington and Richmond in May.
2004 -- Finished 13th in series points in rookie campaign. ... Captured four series poles -- third-highest total of the season. ... Earned first pole in only his third career start (Las Vegas). ... Recorded three top-five finishes in his first four career starts. ... Secured third runner-up finish in six weeks at Texas in April. ... Missed qualifying for the Chase by 28 points. ... Ended the season by compiling three top-fives in the final four races.
PREVIOUS RACING HISTORY
After spending his entire racing career in open-wheel, Kahne spent 2002 and 2003 in the Busch Series. ... He drove for Robert Yates Racing during his 2002 rookie season, running 20 of 34 events and finishing 33rd in the standings. ... He moved to Akins Motorsports in 2003 and finished seventh in the standings, a season highlighted by his first career win -- in the season finale at Homestead -- and 14 top-10 finishes. ... He also earned his first career Busch Series pole, at Michigan in August. ... Prior to stock cars, Kahne was considered a top open-wheel talent. ... His accomplishments include the 2000 USAC Midget title and the 2000 USAC Silver Bullet Series rookie of the year.... In 2001, he ran limited schedules in the Toyota Atlantic Series and Formula Ford 2000 Series before moving to the Busch Series in 2002.
Hired by longtime motorsports car owner Steve Lewis, who has fielded cars for Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart to compete in the USAC Sprint, Midget and Silver Crown series during the 2000 season. ... Won the "Night before the 500" Classic at O'Reilly Raceway Park in 2000 and 2001, becoming the first driver to post back-to-back victories in the annual event since Jeff Gordon in 1989-90. ... Honored by his hometown of Enumclaw, Wash., with Kasey Kahne Day on Sept. 5, 2005.