Although Kasey Kahne's numbers aren't the strongest at Pocono, he's one racer who'll surely play a factor for the race win this Sunday.
He's an exceptional qualifier at "The Tricky Triangle," garnering two pole positions and an average starting spot of 8.9 in his previous 14 starts.
Provided his car's handling is dialed in and his nose is clean throughout the race weekend, the No. 4 Red Bull Toyota Camry might be a dark horse to consider during the 5-hour Energy 500.
Another reason to choose Kahne is that he and his team are willing to take chances between now and Richmond in terms of going for race wins.
Sure, you could choose a racer like Kyle Busch or Kevin Harvick, who've run well all season long.
But when you consider that they've probably locked themselves into this year's Chase field, that's where a guy like Kahne factors into the race win.
His team will make the gambles necessary to go for victory, even if it means risking a DNF if their motors go beyond the edge or if it means aggressive driving by Kahne.
It may be a one-year stint with the Red Bull folks before he bolts to Hendrick Motorsports' No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet in 2012, but rest assured, the only pain that Kahne will give during the race day is that he'll constantly run up front, making his Camry quite the presence with the leaders.
Track Stats for Kasey Kahne at Pocono: 14 starts, 1 win (June 2008), 3 top-fives, 5 top-10's, 2 poles, 1 DNF in 14 starts