Race 24 of 36: Bristol Motor Speedway
RECAPPING THE RACE:
Kasey Kahne proved that he had a strong No. 5 Great Clips Chevrolet SS in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 23 after leading the field for a total of 40 laps. However, Kahne was the victim of unfortunate circumstances when he encountered issues with his right-front tire. He was able to finish the race and scored a 35th-place finish. He now ranks 13th in the point standings.
Rolling off the grid in 12th position, Kahne moved up a spot in the first 10 laps. On the restart following a competition caution at Lap 60, he was running in 17th but quickly jumped up two spots before another caution flag waved one lap later.
He continued moving up the leaderboard and after a quick, two-tire pit stop after a Lap-125 caution allowed him to restart in fifth place. Following a caution, Kahne restarted as the leader on Lap 201 due to staying off pit road. He led 40 laps before a loose right-front tire caused him to fall back and eventually head to pit road under green for four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment.
He fell off the lead lap, going two laps down at Lap 337. He took another green-flag pit stop with 100 laps to go, then headed behind the wall due to problems with the right-front tire. He returned to the track and was ultimately scored 35th.