Kasey Kahne came through in the next-to-last race of the regular season when he punched his ticket to the Chase with a win at Atlanta.
Then, two weekends ago at Dover, Kahne came through again by finishing well enough to narrowly hold off A.J. Allmendinger and Kurt Busch for the final spot in the Contender Round.
Now, Kahne has to see if yet another clutch performance is in him.
A late brush with the wall on Sunday at Kansas dealt him a sub-par finish and has put him ninth on the Chase Grid, eight points behind the Top 8 cutoff for the Eliminator Round.
The driver directly ahead of him in eighth? None other than four-time Sprint Cup champion and Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon.
Both men have a combined nine victories at Charlotte Motor Speedway, site of Saturday night’s middle race of the Contender Round. And the Hendrick camp has constantly been among the fastest on 1.5-milers this year.
So who has the edge? The hunted Gordon or Kahne the hunter?
Wally Dallenbach of NASCAR AMERICA gives us his take in the clip above.