Season finish: 15th
2014 Season Stats: 1 wins, 3 top-5, 11 top-10, 0 Poles.
What went right: Admittedly, it was a struggle at times for Kahne in 2014, but there were some bright spots nonetheless. The biggest was his win at Atlanta, which clinched his berth in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. He also finished third at Kansas in the spring and fifth at Michigan, also in the spring.
What went wrong: As great as it was that Kahne made the Chase, he didn’t last long, being eliminated after the first cutoff round. He also had five DNFs, and an average finish of just 17.6. One of the biggest problems was getting to the front: he led just 218 laps, second-lowest of any season in his 11-year career.
2015 Prospectus: There’s plenty of change on the 2015 horizon for Kahne. First and foremost, just three days after the 2014 season ended, it was announced that Kahne will have a new crew chief for next season, Keith Rodden. Kahne’s now former longtime crew chief, Kenny Francis, has been moved to a different role within Hendrick Motorsports. Also, HMS re-signed Kahne to a new three-year contract that will run through the 2017 season. In conjunction, Farmer’s Insurance, Kahne’s primary sponsor, also has signed a three-year extension to remain in that role, as well.
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