Ninth-Place Finish for Kahne at New Hampshire
New Hampshire Motor Speedway marked the second stop in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Kasey Kahne and the No. 5 Great Clips/Signature by Levi Strauss & Co. Chevrolet SS team had two solid days of practice and qualified ninth for the 300-lap race. After starting from the rear of the field, Kahne was able to consistently work his way forward in the 40-car field. He reached as high as the fifth position before driving the No. 5 Great Clips/Signature by Levi Strauss & Co. Chevrolet home to a ninth-place finish for Hendrick Motorsports. Kahne’s New Hampshire finish marks his fourth consecutive top 10.
Date: Sunday, September 25, 2016
Event: New Hampshire 300
Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Location: New Hampshire Motor Speedway (1.058-mile oval)
Start/Finish: Ninth/Ninth (Completed 300 of 300 laps)
Kahne started from the rear of the field after the No. 5 team had to make an unapproved adjustment before the start of Sunday’s race. Fortunately, with a strong No. 5 Great Clips Chevrolet he was able to reach the top 15 by Lap 108. The first caution of the race came out on Lap 123 and Kahne visited pit road for the second time of the day. He received four fresh tires, fuel and adjustments to help with the No. 5 machine’s handling. He restarted 13th on Lap 131 and continued to work his way forward, reaching the 10th position on Lap 162. When the second caution of the race came out on Lap 165, Kahne reported that the No. 5 Great Clips Chevy “felt pretty good.” He visited pit road for fuel, four tires and adjustments before restarting 10th on Lap 171. During a long green-flag run, Kahne made a scheduled pit stop on Lap 232 just before the Lap 240 caution. Since he had pitted just a few laps before the caution, crew chief Keith Rodden made the call for the Enumclaw, Washington, native to stay out on the track and he lined up sixth for the restart. Kahne moved up to fifth just after the restart, and also restarted fifth when the caution flag flew with 37 laps to go and he once again stayed out on the track. With older tires than most of the cars behind him, Kahne slipped back a few positions on the restart but was able to stay in the top 10. When a caution came out with 16 laps to go, the 36-year-old visited pit road for two fresh right-side tires. With the newer tires Kahne was able to take the checkered flag in the ninth position for Hendrick Motorsports.
The Sprint Cup Series heads to Dover International Speedway this weekend. Race day television coverage begins on Sunday, October 2 at 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
Kasey Kahne on New Hampshire:
“The guys did a great job this weekend at New Hampshire. I’m glad we got a top 10, but we definitely had a top five car on the longer runs.”