22nd-Place Finish for Kahne at Richmond

Kasey Kahne headed into Richmond International Raceway this weekend after scoring a sixth-place finish in last year’s Fall Richmond race. He made it to the second round of qualifying and earned the 19th starting spot in the No. 5 AARP Foundation Chevrolet. Keith Rodden and the No. 5 crew adjusted on the No. 5 machine throughout the race. Kahne eventually reached the top 12 before late-race contact caused him to slip back several positions and finish 22nd in the AARP Foundation Chevrolet SS.

Date: Sunday, April 30, 2017
Event: Richmond 400
Series: NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Richmond International Raceway (0.75-mile oval)
Start/Finish: 19th/22nd (Completed 400 of 400 laps)

After taking the green flag from the 19th position, Kahne fell back a few positions due to an ill-handling No. 5 AARP Foundation Chevy. Stage 1 ended on Lap 100 while the Enumclaw, Washington, native was in the 23rd position. Kahne started Stage 2 in the 22nd spot and the AARP Foundation crew continued to make adjustments to help the car’s tight condition. When Stage 2 came to a close on Lap 200 Kahne was in the 21st position. Once the final stage started, Kahne advanced his position to 16th in the AARP Foundation Chevy.

Unfortunately, during his Lap 252 pit stop, Kahne received a penalty for speeding on pit road which sent him to the rear of the field. He restarted in the 26th position on Lap 257 and with a now loose-handling Chevy, it was hard for Kahne to advance his running position and he eventually went one lap down. The sixth caution came out on Lap 344 and Rodden made the call for Kahne to stay out and take the wave around in hopes of getting a quick caution. The call paid off when the seventh caution came out on Lap 356 allowing Kahne to stay on the lead lap. The 37-year-old was then able to restart 16th on Lap 361. He continued to work his way forward and reached the 12th spot on Lap 372. On the final restart Kahne was in the 14th position but received contact from another competitor which caused him to lose several positions in the closing laps. He ultimately finished 22nd in the No. 5 AARP Foundation Chevrolet.

-Hendrick Motorsports-