12th-Place Finish for Kahne at Richmond
Richmond International Raceway marked the final regular season race for the 2017 NASCAR Cup Series season. Kasey Kahne entered the weekend with a spot secured in the 10-race Playoffs after winning at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July. The Enumclaw, Washington, native qualified the No. 5 Great Clips Chevrolet SS in the 17th position for Saturday night’s race. With a race that only had five cautions for incidents on the track, Kahne remained in the top 20 all evening before finishing 12th in the Great Clips Chevy.
Date: Saturday, September 9, 2017
Event: Richmond 400
Series: NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Richmond International Raceway (0.75-mile oval)
Start/Finish: 17th/12th (Completed 404 of 404 laps)
During the first stage of the race, Kahne capitalized on a great restart following the first caution of the night. He jumped from 16th to the 10th position in just one lap. He went on to finish the 100-lap segment in the 13th spot. The 37-year-old driver gained two positions during Stage 2 of the race. He started the second 100-lap segment in the 16th position and completed it in 14th. During the final stage, Kahne continued to move forward in the Great Clips machine. When the fourth caution of the race came out on Lap 257 Kahne visited pit road for service from the No. 5 pit crew. Their hasty work gained him two positions and he restarted ninth on Lap 263. On Lap 322, the Chevrolet SS driver was one of the first to make a scheduled green-flag pit stop during the final stage. He went one lap down for a short time until the field cycled through their green-flag stops, which put him back on the lead lap and inside the top 10. In the closing laps of the race, Kahne slipped back to the 13th position and went one lap down. A late-race caution sent the race into overtime, but allowed Kahne to be the beneficiary of the free pass and he ultimately ended up 12th in the Great Clips Chevrolet.
Kasey Kahne on Richmond:
“Tonight, the guys did a really nice job with our Great Clips Chevrolet. We took a little bit of a gamble on strategy to try to hope for a caution at the right time and end up in the top five. It didn’t work out and maybe we lost two spots because of it and ended up 12th. I thought we had a competitive car. We raced hard and the guys did a really nice job. It’s a good way to end the regular season and get ready for the final 10.”