Is Kahne able to win sixth in 2006?

Oct 10, 2006 6:24 AM

Kasey Kahne has won five races in 2006, the most of all drivers. There are three tracks on the NASCAR circuit that are almost identical to each other. Atlanta, Texas, and Charlotte all have their own different features, but are all basically the same in banking width and, of course distance, which is 1.5 miles.

Something all those tracks have in common as well is that Kasey Kahne has won on all of them this year. During the first go-around, nobody could touch Kahne. He dominated like I have never seen anyone else do so consistently. As good as Jimmie Johnson has been at Charlotte over the years with five wins in the last seven races there, his success at Charlotte didn’t translate as well as Kahne’s at Atlanta or Texas. He’ll likely be bringing the same chassis that won all those races along with his other two wins, which came at California and Michigan. The kid sort of has a theme going here and he’ll be tough to stop.

But how can you go against Mr. Lowe’s Jimmie Johnson? I see a huge bounce back with him this week. While, he didn’t have enough for Kahne in their first go-around in Charlotte where he finished second, he’s got something waiting for the kid this week. Johnson’s 6.2 average finish at the track over his career is the best all-time when considering all drivers with at least four starts of more. He started his Lowe’s career with a 39th place finish is his first race and since has dominated.

Brian Vickers has top 10 finishes in three of the last four races. When he won his first career race last week at Talladega, he became one of the better payouts of the year for NASCAR odds to win players. In a year that has been littered with the favorites winning week after week, rarely paying more than 10-1, it was refreshing to see payouts as high as 35-1. Congrats to Vickers, who may never see that kind of success again. Next year he rolls into the new Toyota Camry and it’ll be doubtful that they win a race in their first year.

NASCAR odds and ends

”¡ Jeff Burton and Matt Kenseth are the only drivers to score three top 10 finishes in the first four races of The Chase.

”¡ Jeff Burton is the only driver to lead in all four races of The Chase.

”¡ Carl Edwards has scored three straight top-10 finishes. Edwards moved to No. 12 in the standings.

”¡ Matt Kenseth is the only driver to score 14 top five and 19 top 10 finishes in the first 30 of 2006. Kenseth ranks second in the standings.

”¡ Mark Martin has posted six straight top 15 finishes, extending a streak that began at California. He is the only driver to post top 15 finishes in the first four races of the Chase to the points championship.

”¡ Martin has climbed from 10th to third in the standings since the Bristol race. He has remained third after the last two races and has been running at the finish in the 37 races since Kansas one year ago, the longest current streak.

”¡ Dale Jarrett has posted three straight top 15 finishes, the first time he has done so this season.