03.02.14: PHOENIXRace 2 of 36: Phoenix International Raceway
RECAPPING THE RACE:
Kasey Kahne, driver of the No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet SS, finished 11th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday, March 2.
After starting 11th, Kahne almost immediately slipped four positions and radioed to crew chief Kenny Francis that his Farmers Insurance Chevrolet SS had developed loose-handling conditions. Kahne was running 23rd by Lap 81 and had moved up one position at the halfway mark.
Kahne worked with Francis on the handling of the No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet SS and rallied to return to the lead lap after earning the Lucky Dog pass when the caution flag was waved on Lap 181. Very soon, Kahne was running back inside the top 16.
With 81 laps to go, he moved into the 17th position. He was running 13th during the final caution period at the one-mile track. Kahne improved two spots to run 11th with eight laps to go, which is where he finished Sunday's race.