Gas 'N' Go: Who Should Be More Worried Stewart Or Kahne?

Kasey Kahne, Tony Stewart

Both Kasey Kahne and Tony Stewart are winless after the first 10 races of this season. (Photo: Getty Images)

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The pits are open again and, MRN.com's Pete Pistone and Dustin Long each answer this week's featured question in "Gas 'N' Go."

Who should be more worried about their performance this season - Tony Stewart or Kasey Kahne?

MRN Staff

Answer

Pete Pistone
Pete Pistone

With the new Chase system it doesn't really matter where anyone is in the point standings as long as they stay within the top 30. However, of the two, Stewart is the one who should have more concern through the first 10 races of the season.

Stewart has truly been off the radar since the opening of the season. While two of his Stewart-Haas Racing teammates (Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch) have won races, Stewart has been shut out of Victory Lane. Smoke does have four top-10 finishes, but it's been more about strategy than speed for the No. 14 team.

Whether it's Stewart's recovery from his leg injury or crew chief Chad Johnston still trying to find the sweet spot, things have not gone as well as Smoke's legions of fans had hoped. It's time things got headed in a better direction.

Dustin Long
Dustin Long

I see Pete’s point, but I’m going with Kasey Kahne.

A key concern for Kahne is that he doesn’t have the speed he did last year and the team has yet to find a way to compensate. Last season, Kahne ranked second in the series in number of fastest laps at 819. This year? He has 87, ranking ninth in the series.

Kahne admits they haven’t figured out the new rules yet this season even as teammate Jeff Gordon leads the points, teammate Dale Earnhardt has a win and five top-five finishes and teammate Jimmie Johnson has three top-five finishes. Kahne’s best finish is eighth.

The next few weeks could foretell Kahne’s season. He has two top-fives in the three races since the repave at Kansas Speedway. Kahne has four top-fives, including a win, in his last five points races at Charlotte. If he’s off at both tracks, the concern will grow for this team.

The opinions expressed here are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the positions of the Motor Racing Netwo

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