Fourth-Place Finish for Kahne at Atlanta
For the first time this season, Kasey Kahne and No. 5 Farmers Insurance team encountered a mile-and-a-half track. Kahne completed both practice sessions in the seventh position and earned the 29th starting spot. Kahne and the No. 5 team’s perseverance brought them back from being one lap down two separate times to earn a fourth-place finish in the No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet SS.
During Stage 1, Kahne went one lap down as he battled a loose handling car. Even with an ill-handling car the Enumclaw, Washington, native gained 11 positions during the first stage. Fortunately for the No. 5 team, Kahne was the beneficiary of the free pass when the caution came out to end the first stage. With a caution-free Stage 2, Kahne once again went one lap down. The Farmers Insurance pit crew made adjustments to the No. 5 machine during pit stops to improve its handling and Kahne completed the second stage in the 16th position. The 36-year-old began the final stage of the race in the top 15 and continued to work hard to be in the position to receive the free pass. When the fifth caution of the race came out on Lap 280, Kahne was the beneficiary of the free pass for the second time during the race. Happy with the handling of No. 5 machine, Kahne restarted in the 14th position and continued to work his way forward. The final pit stop of the race came on Lap 311 and the Farmers Insurance pit crew had a speedy pit stop. The stop gained Kahne six spots allowing him to restart in the fifth position on Lap 315. In the final 10 laps Kahne gained one position to end the evening fourth in the Farmers Insurance Chevrolet.
Date: Sunday, March 5, 2017
Event: Atlanta 500
Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Location: Atlanta Motor Speedway (1.54-mile oval)
Start/Finish: 29th/Fourth (Completed 325 of 325 laps)
Quoting Kasey Kahne:
“Keith and the engineers did a great job of making the car better. I was so loose and the adjustments were perfect today. They fixed the car. It was tough when we were behind because you just battle and battle long runs, but we got the car a lot better and the pit stops were perfect. We finally got the lucky dog and then our final stop took us from 11th to sixth. That was key for a top five, so that was really good.”