11th-Place Finish for Kahne at Pocono
Coming off of a win in last weekend’s Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Kasey Kahne arrived at Pocono Raceway – another track where he is familiar with winning. Kahne has earned two NASCAR Cup Series wins at the 2.5-mile Tricky Triangle. This weekend he piloted the No. 5 Great Clips/Shark Week Chevrolet SS. With an enhanced weekend schedule, the Cup Series qualified on Sunday morning and Kahne earned the 12th starting spot. Throughout the race, the No. 5 crew adjusted on Kahne’s Chevrolet SS, and he overcame a pit road speeding penalty to ultimately finish 11th in the Great Clips/Shark Week Chevy at Pocono.
Date: Sunday, July 30, 2017
Event: Pocono 400
Series: NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Pocono Raceway (2.5-mile oval)
Start/Finish: 12th/11th (Completed 160 of 160 laps)
Kahne took the green flag on the 50-lap Stage 1 segment from the 12th position in the Great Clips/Shark Week Chevy. After a caution period in the opening laps, the 37-year-old went on to complete Stage 1 in the 14th spot. He started Stage 2 in 18th, and just a couple of laps later he made contact with teammate Jimmie Johnson, bringing out the second caution of the day. Kahne received right-front fender damage so he visited pit road for fuel, four tires and adjustments during the caution and restarted 25th on Lap 61. With the handling improving on the No. 5 machine, Kahne ended Stage 2 in the sixth position. Unfortunately, the Enumclaw, Washington, native received a pit road speeding penalty while making a pit stop before the start of the final stage. The penalty sent Kahne to the rear of the field. Without any cautions in the final stage, Kahne steadily worked his way up through the field in the Great Clips/Shark Week Chevy and finished in the 11th position.
Kasey Kahne on Pocono Raceway:
“We had a strong car, just track position was tough. I can’t believe I sped on pit road. I was running my marks, but I was running them so consistently that it just barely bounced over. We were pushing it and that put us in the back. We needed to make changes as we went, and there at the end I thought we had a pretty good Great Clips Chevy.”