Kahne Leaves Bristol with a 24th-Place Finish
Kasey Kahne, a 2013 Bristol Motor Speedway winner, started the weekend off strong with two solid practice sessions and qualifying the No. 5 Rated Red Chevrolet SS third for Saturday night’s race. Unfortunately, Kahne was forced to start at the rear of the field for the race due to an unapproved tire change post-qualifying. The 37-year-old was carving his way through the field before he was involved in an accident and ended up 24th in the No. 5 Rated Red Chevrolet SS.
Date: Saturday, August 19, 2017
Event: Bristol 500
Series: NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Bristol Motor Speedway (0.533-mile oval)
Start/Finish: Third/24th (Completed 497 of 500 laps)
After starting in the rear of the field, Kahne methodically began working his way forward in the No. 5 machine. By the time the first caution was displayed on Lap 63, the Enumclaw, Washington, native was in the 25th position. Kahne went on to complete Stage 1 22nd in the Rated Red Chevy. When Kahne made his third pit stop of the day on Lap 202, he relayed to the Rated Red that the car’s handling was improving. Unfortunately, the fourth caution of the night came out on Lap 233 for a multi-vehicle accident involving Kahne. The Rated Red crew assessed the damage and spent three laps on pit road making repairs. After losing the laps it was hard for Kahne to regain track position and he completed Stage 2 in the 27th position, and ultimately took the checkered flag in the 24th position at Bristol Motor Speedway.