Jayski.com: Great Clips makes 2017 #5 sponsor debut at Phoenix

Kasey Kahne will pilot the #5 Great Clips Chevy this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. The event marks the first of 10 races in which the longtime Hendrick Motorsports partner will adorn the #5 car as its primary sponsor this season.

According to NASCAR's loop data since 2005, Kahne is eighth in quality passes at Phoenix with 464. Quality passes are the number of times a driver passes another car that is running in the top 15 while under green-flag conditions. He ranks ninth in the closers category with nine positions moved up over the last 10 percent of the race. He's also ninth in fastest laps run with 197 and laps in the top 15 with 3,897. Kahne is 10th in green-flag passes with 892.

Kahne heads back to Phoenix this weekend after earning a 13th-place finish in last year's November race. Kahne has captured one win at the one-mile track. It came in November 2011 with a 0.802-second margin of victory over Carl Edwards. In Kahne's 10 starts at Phoenix while driving for Hendrick Motorsports, he has started in the top 10 six times. His 55 laps led at the track rank 12th among active drivers.

Kahne has put together a strong start to the 2017 season. He has the third-highest average finishing position in the NASCAR Cup Series this season at 7.7.

Kahne and the #5 team had a solid weekend in Las Vegas. Kahne ended all three practice sessions in the top-10 and qualified the #5 machine in the seventh position. Kahne completed the weekend with a 12th-place finish in the #5 Chevy.

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