24th-Place Finish for Kahne at Sonoma
Sonoma Raceway marks the first of two road course races for Kasey Kahne and the NASCAR Cup Series this season. The 2009 Sonoma Raceway winner had a ninth-place result at the 10-turn track last year. Kahne and the No. 5 Windows crew had two solid practice sessions on Friday and earned the 21st starting position on Saturday. During Sunday’s race, Kahne reached the top 10 and the handling continued to improve on the Windows Chevy. However, a late-race accident relegated Kahne to a 24th-place finish at Sonoma.
Date: Sunday, June 25, 2017
Event: Sonoma 350
Series: NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Sonoma Raceway (1.99-mile road course)
Kahne started the 110-lap race from the 21st position in the Windows Chevy and completed Stage 1 in the ninth position. With varying pit sequence strategies throughout the day, Kahne stayed out during the Stage 1 break and restarted sixth for Stage 2. Within the 50-lap segment, Kahne visited pit road once and was scored 12th at the end of Stage 2. For the second consecutive race break, crew chief Keith Rodden made the decision for Kahne for stay out on the track in the No. 5 machine. In turn, the 37-year-old gained track position and restarted sixth for the final stage. The Enumclaw, Washington, native made two scheduled green-flag pit stops during the final stage, and was able to race his way back on the lead lap from the 25th position with 10 laps to go. With the Windows Chevy’s improved handling, Kahne passed a few cars in the closing laps. Unfortunately, contact with a competitor on the white flag lap caused Kahne to make contact with a wall and ended his day. The No. 5 Windows Chevrolet was ultimately scored 24th.
Kasey Kahne on his day at Sonoma Raceway:
“It was a hard hit. I have no clue who the No. 15 is, but I saw him a lot today lapping him. He went low down the front stretch and he just turned right and hit me, which put me straight into the wall getting the white flag. I have no clue what he was thinking.
We had a better car the longer the day went. I was just really tight early and the guys kept working on it, and we got better and better. We were definitely much better at the end than we were at the start.”