15th-Place Finish for Kahne at Kansas
Kasey Kahne returned to Kansas Speedway this weekend looking for his first win at the 1.5-mile track. The Enumclaw, Washington, native ended one of Friday’s practice sessions in 10th. Unfortunately, Kahne was given the 31st starting position after his car and several others didn’t make it through pre-qualifying in time to lay down a lap. Even though he started towards the rear of the field, Kahne worked his way up to the top five and ultimately finished 15th in the No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet.
Date: Saturday, May 13, 2017
Event: Kansas 400
Series: NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Kansas Speedway (1.5-mile oval)
Start/Finish: 31st/15th (Completed 267 of 267 laps)
Kahne started Saturday night’s race in the 31st position. Throughout Stage 1 he worked his way forward and ended it ninth in the Farmers Insurance Chevrolet. When the green flag dropped on Stage 2, Kahne continued to advance his running position and completed the stage in the seventh position. Kahne started the final stage off strong in the No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevy. He reached the top five on Lap 168 and remained in various positions throughout the top 10 until the red flag was displayed on Lap 200. Once the field returned to green on Lap 204, Kahne’s No. 5 machine became loose causing it to become more challenging for the 37-year-old driver to handle. The No. 5 pit crew continued to adjust the car throughout the remaining pit stops during the race, but Kahne was relegated to a 15th-place finish in the Farmers Insurance Chevy.
Kasey Kahne on Kansas:
“The guys did a great job tonight. We had good pit stops and we had a good car. After the red flag the car just got really loose for whatever reason. We had a good run though until that point.”