Strong Day for Farmers Team in Phoenix
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series headed to Phoenix International Raceway this weekend for the penultimate race of the 2016 season. Kasey Kahne returned to the sight of his 12th Sprint Cup Series career win that he captured in 2011 at the Avondale, Arizona, track. Kahne completed three practice sessions in the No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet SS and earned the 13th starting spot. Kahne had a strong No. 5 machine, especially on long runs and reached as high as the second position with just over 100 laps remaining in the event. A late-race caution forced two attempts at NASCAR’s overtime and he ended the day in the 13th position.
Date: Sunday, November 13, 2016
Event: Phoenix 500
Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Location: Phoenix International Raceway (1.0-mile oval)
Start/Finish: 13th/13th (Completed 324 of 324 laps)
Kahne took the initial green flag from the 13th position and by Lap 40 he reached the top 10. He made a scheduled green-flag pit stop on Lap 81, and unfortunately just after he returned to the track the first caution of the race came out trapping him one lap down. Crew chief Keith Rodden made the call for Kahne to take the wave-around which put him back on the lead lap and in the 13th position. On lap 185 Kahne reached the fifth position, and on Lap 197 he took over the third position. During the fourth caution of the race on Lap 212, the Enumclaw, Washington, native visited pit road for fuel and four tires. A fast stop by the No. 5 Farmers Insurance pit crew gained Kahne one position to put him second on the Lap 218 restart. Even though the 36-year-old slipped back a few positions on the restart, he remained in the top 10. The multiple caution periods in the closing laps of the race didn’t work in Kahne’s favor as his No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevy was better on the long runs. After two attempts at NASCAR overtime, Kahne took the checkered flag 13th.
The Sprint Cup Series is at Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend for the season finale. Race day television coverage begins on Sunday, November 20 at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC.
Kasey Kahne on Phoenix International Raceway:
“We had a great Farmers Insurance Chevy today. The result wasn’t what we wanted, but my car on the long runs was the fastest I’ve had at Phoenix.”