Kasey Kahne and Kenny Francis’ move to Hendrick Motorsports this season was met with great optimism. The two had found success in tenous situations at Red Bull Racing and various iterations of Evernham Motorsports – with Hendrick at their back, the world was their oyster.
Unfortunately for the two, this season hasn’t turned out so well. At Daytona the team was caught up in a wreck; then at Phoenix Kahne made contact with the wall and had suspension issues; at Las Vegas, after taking the pole he got caught up in a wreck late in the race; at Bristol he finished 37th after getting caught up again in a wreck; at California, the car remained intact, but the team wasn’t able to make up much ground before the rain ended the race finishing 14th, and on Sunday, after winning the pole the engine gave out.
As the saying goes, if Kasey Kahne didn’t have bad luck, he wouldn’t have any luck at all. Sitting 31st in points right now, the team has got to be wondering what to do.
This is surely not an indicator of the season to come but things have to got to change and change soon. The #5 team has a hole to climb out of, but if any two can do it, it’s Kahne and Francis.