5 KASEY KAHNE, Chevrolet
Team: Hendrick Motorsports
WHERE HE STANDS: 14th, only one point out of a spot in the Chase.
WATKINS GLEN RECORD: Best finish in 10 starts is 13th which he accomplished a year ago.
LOOKING AHEAD: Kahne said he likes Watkins Glen "a lot. I really like racing there. It's been difficult for me. I enjoy trying to figure it out, and there are times in that race where we are pretty fast. Watkins Glen is a tough track, and we've had a little trouble there in the past. Hopefully, I'll be able to turn everything around this weekend because we're close to making the Chase."
LOOKING BACK: For much of the race, it looked as if the pit strategy employed by crew chief Kenny Francis would result in a top-three finish for Kahne. But three caution flags in the final 43 laps eliminated those hopes. Instead, Kahne had to be content with a 10th-place finish at Pocono. "I felt like throughout three-quarters of the race we had a ton of speed," said Kahne. "I was happy with my Farmers Insurance Chevy. We struggled at the end on the different restarts. I would get a good one and then a not-so-good one on the next. We still had a decent car though, and I'm happy about that."
ETC.: Kahne knows this is a crucial weekend in his bid to make the Chase. "After that come Michigan, Bristol, Atlanta, Richmond - all those tracks we have won at and ran really well at. I look forward to each one of them and I feel like we can definitely still make the Chase (with a win at one of those tracks). We just need to get through this weekend without any problems."