28th-Place Finish for Kahne at New Hampshire
Kasey Kahne and the NASCAR Cup Series headed to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the first of two races at the track this season. Kahne qualified the Farmers Insurance Chevy sixth, but after the pole winner’s qualifying time was disallowed, he moved up to the fifth starting position. The 37-year-old started the race off strong, but pit sequences and long green-flag runs left Kahne to end the day 28th in the Farmers Insurance Chevrolet SS.
Date: Sunday, July 16, 2017
Event: New Hampshire 301
Series: NASCAR Cup Series
Location: New Hampshire Motor Speedway (1.058-mile oval)
Start/Finish: Fifth/28th (Completed 300 of 301 laps)
Kahne started the race in the fifth position and remained in the top 10 for the first stage. During the Stage 1 break Kahne visited pit road from the sixth spot for service to the No. 5 machine. He started Stage 2 in the 29th position after several other cars stayed out during the break. Unfortunately, a long green-flag run followed the stage break and Kahne eventually went one lap down and completed Stage 2 in 30th. The Enumclaw, Washington, native became mired back in field as the final stage began with another long green-flag run. Even though the Farmers Insurance Chevy was handling okay, it became more difficult for Kahne to regain a position on the lead lap as the race leader continued to put more cars one lap down. After visiting pit road on Lap 248 for a scheduled green-flag pit stop, Kahne went two laps down as the field cycled through. The final caution of the race came out on Lap 263 and crew chief Keith Rodden called for Kahne to stay out on the track to take the wave-around and gain one of his laps back. He restarted 28th on Lap 267 and ultimately took the checkered flag in the same position.