21st-Place Finish for Kahne at Chicagoland
This weekend, Kasey Kahne piloted a little bit different looking No. 5 Great Clips Chevrolet SS. Through Great Clips’ partnership with the Seattle Children’s Hospital and their Strong Against Cancer initiative, 9-year-old Wyatt Zender designed Kahne’s Chicagoland Speedway scheme. Kahne met with the Zender family on Sunday morning before the race. Besides meeting Kahne, the family received a hauler tour, Wyatt joined in on the No. 5 team meeting, and he helped the Great Clips crew push the No. 5 machine through pre-race tech. Just before the start of the race with Kahne’s help, Wyatt slid into the cockpit of the Chevrolet SS to get a first-hand feeling of the Great Clips Chevy.
Date: Sunday, September 17, 2017
Event: Chicagoland 400
Series: NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Chicagoland Speedway (1.5-mile oval)
Start/Finish: 25th/21st (Completed 264 of 267 laps)
Kahne started the 267-lap race from the 25th position. In Stage 1, the Enumclaw, Washington, native worked his way up to the 16th position in the Great Clips Chevrolet. During the Stage 1 break, Kahne brought the loose-handling Chevy down pit road for service. He started Stage 2 in the 19th position on Lap 87 and ended it in the 21st spot as he continued to battle a loose condition. Kahne began the final stage in the 22nd position and the No. 5 team continued to adjust on the 37-year-old’s Chevy during the final stage. Unfortunately, Kahne was trapped one or more laps down and with a relatively caution-free race, it was hard for him to advance his track position. He ultimately finished 21st in the Great Clips Chevrolet.