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NASCAR Driver of the Year vote: 4th

You voted Kasey Kahne into 4th place in Crash.net's NASCAR Driver of the Year poll!
Top 10 NASCAR Driver of the Year 2012:
4. Kasey Kahne

Birthdate: April 10, 1980
Hometown: Enumclaw, WA
Team: Hendrick Motorsports
Crew chief: Kenny Francis
2012 starts: 36
Poles: 4
Wins: 2
Top 5: 12
Top 10: 19
Annual earnings: $4,721,970
Championship points: 2345
Championship position: 4th
Crash.net NASCAR Driver of 2011 position: 9th

After seeing out a slightly uncomfortable 2011 with the imploding Red Bull Racing team, Kasey Kahne finally got to take up his long-promised race seat at Hendrick Motorsports this year - and immediately showed why he's such a well-regarded racer, well deserving of your votes putting him into fourth place in this year's NASCAR Sprint Cup Driver of the Year poll.

Four poles and two wins together with no fewer than 19 top ten finishes over the course of the year is a huge achievement for his first year at HMS. While that sort of form meant that he easily made the Chase this year, in the end he had to settle for fourth place in the final Cup standings after a couple of poor results at Texas and Homestead left him too far adrift of the leaders at the very end of the season.

Surely his rivals must be worried about what he'll be able to do next season now that he's established himself with the team? It should be very interesting indeed to see what he can do form here in 2013.

Top 10 NASCAR Driver of the Year 2012 results so far:
3. Clint Bowyer
4. Kasey Kahne
5. Mark Martin
6. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
7. Marcos Ambrose
8. Martin Truex Jr.
9. Jeff Gordon
10. Greg Biffle


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Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet, sits in his car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway on October 20, 2012 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet, stands next to his car after qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway on October 19, 2012 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Tyler Barrick/Getty Images)
Kasey Kahne celebrates winning the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. (Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Quaker State Chevrolet, poses with the trophy in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday in Concord, N.C. (Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet, and Kevin Harvick, driver of the #29 Budweiser is Back Chevrolet, lead the field past the green flag to start the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Goody`s Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday in Martinsville, Va. (Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
Hendrick Motorsports` Kasey Kahne (Photo Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet, applies the winner`s decal in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on August 31, 2014 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo Credit: Nick Laham/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on August 31, 2014 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo Credit: Jonathan Moore/Getty Images)
Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet, takes the chequered flag to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on August 31, 2014 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo Credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet, celebrates after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on August 31, 2014 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet, takes the chequered flag to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on August 31, 2014 in Hampton, Georgia.  (Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, pits along with the rest of the field during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on August 31, 2014 in Hampton, Georgia.  (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, and Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Panasonic Chevrolet, lead a pack of cars during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on August 31, 2014 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Farmer`s Insurance Chevrolet SS, races to win with Kyle Larson, driver of the 42 Target Chevrolet SS beside him finishing in eighth place Sunday, August 31, 2014 in the Nascar Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia. With this win, Kahne, a Hendrick Motorsports driver, is in the Chase. (Photo by Alan Marler/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Farmer`s Insurance Chevrolet SS, celebrates his win with a burnout Sunday, August 31, 2014 in the Nascar Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia. With this win, Kahne, a Hendrick Motorsports driver, is in the Chase. (Photo by Christa L. Thomas/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Farmer`s Insurance Chevrolet SS, is congratulated by his Hendrik Motor Sports teammates Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Panasonic Toughbook Chevrolet SS (left), Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet SS (center) and Dale Earnhardt, Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard Chevrolet SS (right) after his victory Sunday, August 31, 2014 in the Nascar Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia. With this win, Kahne joins Gordon, Johnson, and Earnhardt Jr. in the Chase. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Farmer`s Insurance Chevrolet SS, celebrates his victory Sunday, August 31, 2014 in the Nascar Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia. With this win, Kahne, a Hendrick Motorsports driver, is in the Chase.  (Photo by Christa L. Thomas/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Ryan Blaney, driver of the #29 Cooper Standard Ford, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on August 31, 2014 in Bowmanville, Canada. (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)

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