Many fantasy NASCAR fans haven’t really noticed Kasey Kahne in recent seasons. However, last year was one of his best seasons behind the wheel.
Kahne may have only led 282 laps all season long, but he still managed to finish fourth overall with 2,345 points. Kahne actually finished with more points than superstars Tony Stewart (2,311), Jeff Gordon (2,303), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2,245), and Carl Edwards (1,030) last year.
Kahne also won two races and tied his career-high of 19 top-10 finishes. Last year was obviously one of the best fantasy seasons of his career. Kahne showed up race after race last year, so fantasy expectations will be even higher for him heading into the 2013 NASCAR season.
His average starting position last year was ninth, which was the best of his career. Qualifying high is one of the most important things to finishing a race well on Sunday, so it was very reassuring to see Kahne have sound warm-ups each week.
Kahne also ended the year on a high note, as he finished inside the top-15 in nine of his last 11 races, and was one of the best drivers down the home stretch. He may be considered a sleeper at the beginning of the 2013 season, but the fantasy community will quickly catch on as the year moves forward.
Kahne may not draw the ire of Brad Keselowski, Jeff Gordon, or Jimmie Johnson, but he can still have fantasy value. Look for Kahne to once again be a top-10 fantasy driver this season.