Kasey Kahne excelled in 2004 in all three of NASCAR's top series: He had 13 top-fives and 14 top-10s in his first full season racing Cup; had nine top-fives and 14 top-10s in 30 Busch races; and won both Craftsman Truck races he started.
No. 9 Dodge recorded five second-place finishes and the rookie of the year award in 2004. He was named one of "America's Top 50 Bachelors" that year by People magazine.
That year Kahne won the USAC Midget championship and was named that series' national driver of the year, and was rookie of the year in the USAC Silver Crown Series.
Kahne began his NASCAR career in 2002 running 20 Busch races with one top-10. In '03 he recorded his first victory, in the series finale at Homestead, and finished the year with four top-fives and 14 top-10s and a seventh-place ranking in the final point standings.
In May 2005 Kahne started from the pole and won at Richmond for his first Cup victory. He had five top-fives and eight top-10s. He also posted two Busch wins that season.