Kahne Leaves Dover with 14th-Place Finish
Kasey Kahne entered the Round of 16 in NASCAR’s playoffs this weekend at Dover International Speedway needing a win to advance to the Round of 12. Kahne qualified the No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet SS in the 21st position on Friday, and had two solid practice sessions on Saturday. With conditions making it tough to pass, the 37-year-old ultimately finished 14th in Sunday’s race in the No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevy.
Date: Sunday, October 1, 2017
Event: Dover 400
Series: NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Dover International Speedway (1.0-mile oval)
Start/Finish: 21st/14th (Completed 399 of 400 laps)
Kahne rolled off the grid in the 21st position and worked his way up into the top 15 before settling in 16th for the Stage 1 green-checkered flag. During the Stage 1 break, Kahne visited pit road for fuel, four tires and adjustments to help the No. 5 machine’s handling. He started Stage 2 in the 14th spot and gained two positions to complete the stage in the 12th position. After once again pitting during the stage break, Kahne began the final stage in the 13th position. As the laps clicked off in the final stage, Kahne began to slip back in the Farmers Insurance Chevy. He had also received a little left-rear damage during the stage, but crew chief Darian Grubb used strategy to help the Enumclaw, Washington, native regain track position. Kahne was the first driver to make a scheduled green-flag pit stop on Lap 319. The strategy looked to pay off as it moved Kahne up to the 11th position with less than 50 laps remaining. In the closing laps Kahne dropped back to the 14th position, where he was running when the checkered flag waved at Dover.
Kasey Kahne on his Dover finish:
“Track position was one of the biggest challenges for us today. We had a decent car, but didn’t pass very well. It was a bit of a struggle to pass guys that were running the same speed, so we just kind of ran in that spot. We tried to use some strategy to get track position, and it seemed to work, but then on the long end of it, it didn’t work out. Darian did a good job and the guys worked hard.”