Accident Ends Kahne’s Day Early at Michigan

Kasey Kahne and the NASCAR Cup Series made their second and final stop of the season at Michigan International Speedway. Kahne spent Thursday with his Hendrick Motorsports teammates along with other Team Chevy drivers unveiling Chevrolet’s 2018 Camaro ZL1 for the Cup Series. The Enumclaw, Washington, native qualified the No. 5 LiftMaster Chevrolet SS in the 23rd position on Friday evening. During final practice on Saturday afternoon, Kahne made contact with the wall and was relegated to a backup car for today’s race. During the final stage of the 202-lap race Kahne was involved in an accident with a competitor and his day ended prematurely in the LiftMaster Chevy at Michigan.

Date: Sunday, August 13, 2017
Event: Michigan 400
Series: NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Michigan International Speedway (2.0-mile oval)
Start/Finish: 23rd/38th (Completed 138 of 202 laps)

Kahne started at the rear of the field due to using a backup LiftMaster Chevy for today’s race. He quickly worked his way forward and competed Stage 1 in the 21st position. Crew chief Keith Rodden made the call for Kahne to visit pit road during the stage break for fuel, two right-side tires and adjustments. The 37-year-old restarted 11th on Lap 66 to begin Stage 2. When it was time for Kahne’s third pit stop of the day on Lap 108, he reported the No. 5 machine was feeling pretty good. The Chevrolet SS driver ended Stage 2 in the 17th position on Lap 120. Still happy with the handling on the LiftMaster Chevy, Kahne visited pit road for fuel and four tires and began the final stage in the 19th position. Kahne was racing for position on Lap 138 when he made contact with another competitor. The LiftMaster Chevy received heavy damage and Kahne was done for the day. He was ultimately scored 38th in the LiftMaster Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports.

Kasey Kahne on Michigan International Speedway Accident:
“We had to fight from the back and had a good LiftMaster Chevrolet. We kept working to get up to the front. Daniel (Suarez) was going backwards and I was going by and I ran the bottom. I expected we could be close off the corner, and I was just coming off and then we hit. So, I don’t know. I was making the pass and I don’t know how we hit.”

-Hendrick Motorsports-