10.26.14: CHASE Martinsville

Race 33 of 36: Martinsville Speedway  

Start: 24th 

Finish: 40th 

Chase Standings: 14th

 

RECAPPING THE RACE: 

 

Kasey Kahne, driver of the No. 5 Great Clips Chevrolet SS, was the victim of unfortunate circumstances in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway after being involved in two on-track incidents, the second one which ended his day early. He was credited with a 40th-place finish. He now ranks 14th in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup point standings.

 

Kahne started the race in 24th, and for the next 75 laps, he drove in a range from 26th to 19th. He maintained that range until Lap 175, when he moved as high as 16th. 

 

At Lap 221, however, a competitor caused Kahne to spin out and make contact with the wall, sending him to the garage. The No. 5 Great Clips crew worked hard to get the Chevrolet SS back onto the track, and just past the midway point of the event, Kahne was back to racing. When he returned to the track, he was running 39th and 32 laps down. Despite being involved in the incident, he continued gaining back laps to move up to 38th. 

 

At Lap 330, he moved into the 37th position. He was involved in a big incident that ended his day with 64 laps to go. At that point he was running 36th. He was ultimately scored 40th.

 

QUOTING KASEY KAHNE

KAHNE (ON THE MARTINSVILLE RACE.): “I thought we had a great car early on. Our Great Clips Chevy was tight at the start, and we were getting it better. And then the incident with (Brian) Vickers happened and then we were behind and we never got going. But I think we had a much better car than where we were running, for sure.”

 

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