Kahne Rallies for Ninth-Place Finish at Charlotte
Kasey Kahne, a four-time Charlotte Motor Speedway winner qualified the go90 Chevrolet SS in the ninth position on Friday. All of Saturday’s track activity was cancelled due to rain. With threatening skies on Sunday, Kahne rallied from the rear of the field multiple times to finish ninth in the go90 Chevy for Hendrick Motorsports.
Date: Sunday, October 8, 2017
Event: Bank of America 500
Series: NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Charlotte Motor Speedway (1.5-mile oval)
Start/Finish: Ninth/Ninth (Completed 337 of 337 laps)
Kahne started Sunday afternoon’s race in the ninth position and stayed in the top 15 during the first stage. He took the green-checkered in Stage 1 from the 11th spot. After visiting pit road during the stage break, Kahne received a penalty for speeding on pit road. He was forced to start Stage 2 from the rear of the field in the 24th spot. During Stage 2, the 37-year-old was running in the 13th position when he had a right-rear tire go flat and was forced to make an unscheduled green-flag pit stop. Kahne returned to the track one lap down. Fortunately, his No. 5 machine was fast enough for Kahne to power his way to be the first car one lap down. The fifth caution of the day came out on Lap 136 and Kahne was the beneficiary of the free pass. He had to once again start at the rear of the field on Lap 140. When Stage 2 ended Kahne was in the 19th position. Throughout the final stage, Kahne remained in the top 20, and led two laps before making a scheduled green-flag pit stop on Lap 234. After pit stops cycled through, Kahne worked his way up through the field and ran as high as the sixth position before battling for various running positions during the late-race restarts. The final caution of the race sent the event into overtime and Kahne completed the 337-lap race in the ninth position.
Kasey Kahne on his Charlotte finish:
“We had to work really hard today. The guys did a really nice job and we had a pretty good car the first half of the run, and then I would get pretty loose. I was happy with a lot of things today. We had to come from the back, a lap down when that right-rear went flat when we were running well. So, it was a good fight and we ended up top 10. We will keep working on it.”