LONG POND, PA (WFXG) - The measure of success for any professional, in sports or business, is whether the person can live up to the full potential of their abilities. Those that succeed will rise to the top of their field while those that don't fade into mediocrity.
Kasey Kahne entered NASCAR with a ton of potential and high expectations. He's had a good deal of success in his short career with 16 Cup Series wins. However, the majority of those wins came early.
By winning last Sunday's GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway, the young driver might just be coming into his own.
"We've had a lot of good race cars and didn't have much to show for it," said crew chief Kenny Francis on his driver's breakthrough season. "To come here and dominate the race and get the win in the end, that was pretty cool."
Kahne doesn't get a lot of attention being teammates to three of the biggest names in the sport but, his second win of the season seems to have given the newcomer a lot of confidence.
"I feel like we can run with them if we do everything right," said Kahne on competing against his more famous teammates. "We're just doing the best job we can and trying to get to that point and have some confidence here when we enter the Chase."
Kahne grew up driving Sprint Cars and midgets across the Midwest and especially on tracks in the Pocono area. That style of racing seems to have been a good proving ground for Kahne and prepared him to give his best every time out.
"All Sprint car racing is really hard, really difficult," said Kahne about competing on the Sprint Car circuit. "The guys are on top of their game all the time. I felt like I made a lot of gains when I was racing around here."
Kahne always brings his A game with him each week but, since joining Hendrick Motorsports a few years ago, he has not been able to finish as well as he performed. With two wins and a string of top 10 finishes in the last month, the young Sprint car champion might just be reaching his full potential.
If he does, those high expectations that followed him into NASCAR will certainly come into fruition which means there is no way that he will fade into mediocrity.