Early End to the Night for Kahne at Charlotte
Kasey Kahne returned to Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend looking for his fourth win at the Charlotte 600. Kahne made it to the second round of qualifying Thursday evening and earned the 24th starting position. In the final practice on Saturday Kahne was 15th. Prior to the start of the race Sunday evening Kahne was moved to start from the rear of the field due to a rear gear change. After a mechanical issue that resulted in contact with the wall on Lap 244 Kahne drove the No. 5 LiftMaster Chevrolet SS to the garage and was scored 35th.
Date: Sunday, May 28, 2017
Event: Charlotte 600
Series: NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Charlotte Motor Speedway (1.5-mile oval)
Start/Finish: 24th/35th (Completed 244 of 400 laps)
Kahne started Sunday night’s race from the rear of the field. Throughout Stage 1 he worked his way forward from the back of the field and finished in 18th. Kahne restarted from 18th at the start of Stage 2. The No. 5 team worked to make changes to improve the handling of the LiftMaster machine. Inclement weather brought out the red flag on Lap 143. Green flag racing resumed on Lap 153 and Kahne restarted from 21st. The No. 5 pit crew continued to adjust the car during pit stops and the handling on Kahne’s LiftMaster Chevrolet SS improved. He finished Stage 2 in 15th. Shortly after the start of Stage 3 Kahne experienced a mechanical issue that caused him to make contact with the wall ending his evening early. Kahne was scored 35th.
Kasey Kahne on incident at Charlotte:
“Keith said there is oil on the track, but I knew I broke something on the car, I actually broke a left-side truck arm. I got underneath the car when I got out and looked at it. It was just hanging. I don’t know why that happened, but it broke, so then the rear-end was moving around and I couldn’t drive it.”