With season-best finish at Richmond, Kasey Kahne’s footsteps getting louder, closer

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Improvement typically starts one step at a time.

That’s certainly true in Kasey Kahne’s case. His fellow competitors are starting to hear Kahne’s footsteps coming and becoming louder.

More about that in a minute.

Kahne finished a season-best fourth place in Sunday’s Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway.

It was Kahne’s third top-10 in the first nine races of the season (finished eighth at Texas and 10th at Las Vegas), and his best overall finish since placing fourth in last fall’s Chase for the Sprint Cup race at Kansas.

When asked if Sunday’s finish is a sign of things to come from him, a smiling Kahne agreed.

“Yeah, it definitely is,” he told Fox Sports. “The Mountain Dew Chevrolet was great the whole race. The pit stops were awesome and just the communication with Keith (Rodden, crew chief) and the team all weekend long; same as last week and same as the weekend before in Texas.

“We got a good restart there at the end. I had pretty good starts all day. I screwed one up and other than that, we had good restarts. It feels good.”

Now, as for those footsteps we talked about earlier: Kahne has gained one position in the Sprint Cup standings in each of the last five races, going from 18th spot after Fontana to 14th after Richmond.

“It’s been solid and we’re heading in the right direction,” Kahne said. “It’s been really nice.”

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