Kahne Finishes 24th at Darlington Raceway
The Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway proved to be a challenge for Kasey Kahne and the No. 5 Great Clips racing team. The team powered through the evening and ultimately finished in 24th position.
Kahne, driver of the No. 5 Great Clips Throwback Chevrolet SS, qualified for the race in the 23rd position. It was the 37-year-old’s 15th career start at the famed speedway where he has collected four pole awards during his career.
Date: Sunday, September 3, 2017
Event: Southern 500
Series: NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Darlington Raceway (1.366-mile oval)
Start/Finish: 23rd/24th (Completed 364 of 367 laps)
As part of the sports’ annual “Throwback Weekend,” Kahne piloted a special throwback scheme that is a nod to the No. 5 Levi Garrett race car driven by Hendrick Motorsports’ first driver, Geoff Bodine, in 1985. Kahne also wore a replica of Bodine’s firesuit during the race weekend.
During Stage 1 of the race, the Great Clips racing team jostled between 18th and 20th positions for the duration of the 100-lap segment. Early on, Kahne reported that the car had no rear grip and he was unable to move up in the field. This relegated the No. 5 to finish Stage 1 in 20th position.
Stage 2 was much of the same with Kahne reporting that the car felt similar to Stage 1 and he was continuing to lose grip in the corners. He again raced around 21st position for much of the 100-lap Stage.
At the end of Stage 2, crew chief Keith Rodden took a “big swing” at the changes the team made on pit road. The changes proved beneficial, as Kahne began moving up from 22nd through the field passing a car almost every lap until he reached the 15th position.
But, after an extended period of time, the car would go back to ill-handing in the corners and Kahne began to slip back through the field. Kahne ultimately crossed the finish line in 24th position.