NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kasey Khane has powered along in the Championship Cup Chase so far but now he finds himself on the bubble of being eliminated.
The good news for Khane is that there are four drivers below him in the standings. After the race weekend at Talladega Superspeedway the bottom four drivers in the chase standings will be dropped from eligibility.
Khane knows a solid run at Talladega is a must even though he sits in the last transfer spot for moving onto the next level in the Chase. Khane says that he thinks his team has some pretty fast cars and feels that they fit the style of racing at Talladega well.
“We have good, fast cars for those types of tracks,” Khane said following the race at Charlotte Motor Speedway when asked about Talladega. "I think Talladega is a track I have always liked and look forward to."
Oh So Close
Khane has run well at Talladega over the years and has come very close to winning at the famed speedway a couple of time only to come in second. Those runs came back in 2006 and again in 2009. During the spring race this season Khane placed in the top-ten at Talladega with an eighth place finish. The winner that day was Denny Hamlin.
Khane said that he knows that racing at Talladega, which is considered a wild-card race under the new Cup chase format, will be anything but a boring run. He will be trying to keep himself in list of 8 and move on to the next round. But, he says you can't control everything.
“Sometimes, you can’t control everything and that is something that will be the same for all of us," Khane said while speaking about the restrictor-plate style of racing done at Talladega.
"It will be interesting how it all works out. It will be a lot of pressure on everyone. It will change throughout the entire race all the way to the checkers.”
The NASCAR Championship Chase started with sixteen drivers. After the first three races of the chase four drivers were eliminated from winning the championship. Following Talladega there will be four more drivers eliminated from eligibility. Khane hopes that he's one of the remaining eight drivers to move on.
The bottom four drivers below Khane heading to into the Talladega race weekend and the Geico 500 are Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski, Jimmie Johnson, and Dale Earnhardt Jr.