Accident Ends Kahne’s Day Early at Pocono
After earning a sixth-place finish in last year’s June Pocono race, Kasey Kahne entered the weekend optimistic. The two-time Pocono Raceway winner qualified 26th for the 400-mile race, and went on to end Saturday’s only practice session ninth on the speed chart. The Enumclaw, Washington, native took the green flag on Sunday and was able to reach the top 10, before experiencing a brake issue and ultimately a blown tire with just 20 laps remaining in the race. Kahne made contact with the wall and was relegated to a 35th-place finish in the Farmers Insurance Chevrolet SS.
Date: Sunday, June 11, 2017
Event: Axalta 400
Series: NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Pocono Raceway (2.5-mile tri-oval)
Kahne worked his way forward during Stage 1 by gaining 14 positions and ending the 50-lap segment 12th in the Farmers Insurance Chevy. The 37-year-old received service to the No. 5 machine during the first break and restarted 14th for Stage 2. On the final restart of Stage 2, Kahne gained a couple of positions and completed the stage in the ninth position. The ninth-place finish in Stage 2 earned Kahne and the No. 5 team two bonus points. He once again visited pit road during the break, and restarted 16th for the final stage after 11 cars ahead of him didn’t visit pit road. Shortly after taking the green flag Kahne relayed that he had a brake issue, but he continued on. After his final pit stop of the day on Lap 127, he reported the car felt better. Unfortunately, on Lap 140 Kahne blew a right-front tire that caused him to make contact with the wall. The damage ended his day and he finished 35th in the Farmers Insurance Chevy.
Kasey Kahne on his day at Pocono Raceway:
“I was going down the front stretch and at about halfway the right-front tire popped. I had been fighting a serious brake problem for a while. So, I’m guessing it had something to with that, but I’m disappointed.”