Kahne goes from 32nd to Eighth in Texas

This weekend at Texas Motor Speedway Kasey Kahne piloted the No. 5 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet SS. Kahne participated in the three scheduled practice sessions and qualified the No. 5 Drive to End Hunger Chevy 31st for Sunday’s race. The Enumclaw, Washington, native was able to advance his position in the 40-car field throughout the duration of the race. Kahne completed the rain shortened race in the eighth positon in the No. 5 Drive to End Hunger Chevy.

Date: Sunday, November 6, 2016
Event: Texas 500
Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Location: Texas Motor Speedway (1.5-mile oval)
Start/Finish: 31st/Eighth (Completed 293 of 293 laps)

2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, TexasAfter taking the green flag from the 31st position, Kahne steadily worked his way forward and reached the top 20 on Lap 40. On Lap 67, Kahne reached the 15th position and made his second pit stop of the evening on Lap 75. During the third pit stop of the night, Kahne was able to advance three positions thanks to the fast work on pit road from the No. 5 pit crew. The 36-year-old restarted 12th on Lap 115 and reached the eighth position on Lap 147. For the remainder of the race, Kahne’s running position fluctuated between the top 10 and top 15. In the closing laps of the race as the handling on Kahne’s No. 5 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet improved, he was able to the reach the eighth position once again. The originally scheduled 334-lap race was shortened due to a rain shower that soaked the track, and Kahne and the Drive to End Hunger team ended the evening in the eighth position.

The Sprint Cup Series is at Phoenix International Raceway this weekend. Race day television coverage begins on Sunday, November 13 at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC.

Kasey Kahne on Texas Motor Speedway:
“We drove up through the field tonight and the team did a great job. The pit stops were nice, but we just never had the speed I wanted that those top five or six guys had. We had a great performance, we went from 31st to eighth, and we battled all night long. Everybody worked hard but we just want to be a little better.”

-Hendrick Motorsports-