Kahne Finishes 12th at Dover
Kasey Kahne returned to Dover International Speedway this weekend where he had a fourth-place finish earlier this season. Unfortunately, precipitation caused both final practice and qualifying to be cancelled. Per the rule book, Kahne earned the 17th starting spot in the No. 5 Panasonic Toughbook Chevrolet SS. During the three-hour event, Kahne reached as high as the ninth position before ending the day 12th in the No. 5 Toughbook Chevrolet SS for Hendrick Motorsports.
Date: Sunday, October 2, 2016
Event: Dover 400
Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Location: Dover International Speedway (1.0-mile oval)
Start/Finish: 17th/12th (Completed 399 of 400 laps)
Kahne rolled off the grid in the 17th position for the 400-lap race at the “Monster Mile.” Just after the first caution of the race, he reached the top 15. He stayed in the top 15 through the second caution which came out just past the 100-lap mark. Kahne slipped back to the 18th position after the second caution, but worked his way back up to the 13th spot when the third caution of the day came out on Lap 181. The Enumclaw, Washington, native visited pit road for fuel, four tires and adjustments to help with his tight handling No. 5 Toughbook Chevy. He restarted 12th on Lap 189 and after another quick caution on Lap 192, Kahne visited pit road once again. He reached his highest position of the day, ninth, on Lap 200. As the laps continued to click off, Kahne relayed to the Toughbook crew that he needed adjustments during the next pit stop to help with the handling of the No. 5 machine. The race stayed under green-flag conditions for the remainder of the event and Kahne made two scheduled green-flag pit stops on Laps 277 and 363 to close out the race, all while staying in the top 15. With the race leader setting a blistering pace, all but six cars in the field went at least one lap down. Kahne took the checkered flag one lap down in the 12th position for Hendrick Motorsports.
The Sprint Cup Series is at Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend. Race day television coverage begins on Saturday, October 8 at 7 p.m. ET on NBC.