Late Race Contact Leaves Kahne with 20th-Place Finish
Kasey Kahne’s 12th-place qualifying position led the Hendrick Motorsports contingent this weekend in Fontana. The Enumclaw, Washington, native started the race off strong, and the Farmers Insurance crew adjusted on the Chevrolet SS throughout the race. Unfortunately, late-race contact forced Kahne to visit pit road during the last caution for repairs. He ultimately finished 20th in the No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet SS.
Once the green flag dropped on Stage 1 of the race, Kahne quickly worked his way forward from the 12th starting spot and into the top 10. He reported the No. 5 machine was loose during the first stage and ended up 11th. After visiting pit road before the start of Stage 2, Kahne restarted in the ninth position on Lap 68. As the second stage progressed, the 36-year-old began slipping back as he reported the Farmers Insurance Chevrolet was ill-handling. Stage 2 ended with Kahne in the 15th position. In the final stage of the 400-mile race, Kahne started from the 16th position.
Date: Sunday, March 26, 2017
Event: California 500
Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Location: Auto Club Speedway (two-mile oval)
Start/Finish: 12th/20th (Completed 202 of 202 laps)
During a long green-flag run, Kahne continued to battle the handling of the Farmers Insurance Chevy. He received adjustments during a scheduled green-flag pit stop on Lap 154, and those proved to help the car’s handling. When the fourth caution of the race came out and Kahne pitted, he restarted in the 12th position on Lap 184. Kahne worked his way up to the ninth position when the fifth caution flag was displayed on Lap 186. After the sixth caution of the race, he was in the 15th positon when the final caution came out on Lap 198. Kahne received damage to the right-front of his vehicle which forced him to visit pit road for repairs. Kahne restarted 22nd in overtime and ended the day with a 20th-place finish.