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CONCORD, N.C. -- Like all of Hendrick Motorsports, Kasey Kahne and the No. 5 team closed the 2016 season strong.

In 2016, Kahne posted his most top-10 results since 2013. And of his 21 top-14 finishes last season, 12 of them occurred in the final 14 races of the year.

"We stayed consistent all season," he said, "but we were consistenly in a better spot those final 12 (races)."

With that in mind, Kahne said that ever since the Monday following the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the No. 5 team has joined forces with a singular mindset -- continue that improvement and momentum entering 2017.

"We're working hard, we're working for each other and hopefully we start off strong and just can carry it," he said.

To hear more from Kahne, watch the video above.