Entering Pocono, Kahne Sitting Pretty In Race To The Chase

Ted Leroux Correspondent IJuly 30, 2009

SONOMA, CA - JUNE 21: Kasey Kahne, driver of the #9 Budweiser Dodge, celebrates in victory lane with his crew chief Kenny Francis after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at the Infineon Raceway on June 21, 2009 in Sonoma, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Start to Imagine... you are the most underrated driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. You are often overlooked by the media to contend for the win every single week, you drive for a manufacturer that has been surpassed by a foreign make in the last 2 years, you are labeled as inconsistent because you drive in lesser equipment... Stop Imagining. You are Kasey Kahne the driver of the No. 9 Budweiser Dodge for Richard Petty Motorsports. You have had an up and down career and at this very moment you are running as good as you have in your brief Sprint Cup career. As the race to the chase tightens you continue to pile up top 10 after top 10 and continue to distance yourself from drivers like Greg Biffle, Kyle Busch and Mark Martin. You are no longer Kasey Kahne, although I wish you were, a driver with super talent and yet flying under the radar in the mist of a career year.

Kahne's career has often been labeled as inconsistent because he won 6 races in 2006 and then in 2007 he finished 19th in the standings followed by a collapse in 2008 when he fell out of the chase after a disastrous finish leading up to Richmond. Enter a new year, a new owner, and most of all, a new engine. Kasey Kahne is running as consistent as ever and entering Pocono this weekend is not only a favorite to make the chase come September but a favorite to win this weekends race.

Although Kahne may appear as a modest driver at the surface he is as fierce as they come when it comes to Sprint Cup racers, it kills Kahne not to win but he knows as well as anybody that top tens equal wins when it comes to battling for a chase spot.