Race 32 of 36: Talladega Superspeedway
Chase Standings: Ninth
RECAPPING THE RACE:
Kasey Kahne, driver of the No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet SS, led a total of 12 laps and finished 12th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway on Oct. 19. Unfortunately, Kahne missed the top-eight cut to advance to the next round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup by only three points.
By Lap 12, he was in the top 5, and by Lap 16 he was in second place sandwiched in between two Hendrick Motorsports teammates -- leader Jimmie Johnson and third-place Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Kahne’s position ebbed and flowed with the draft, as at Lap 28 he fell back to 15th, but by Lap 34 he was back in fourth. On Lap 44, he moved up to third place, and he took the lead of the race for the first time at Lap 45, securing a bonus point. He was back in the lead at Lap 51, and he once again moved up and down the race standings over the next handful of laps.
At Lap 75, he was back with teammate Jeff Gordon in 27th, but 30 laps later he was back up to 13th. After 30 more laps, Kahne was back inside the top 10, and he found a comfortable line low on the track to push back close to the top five with 42 laps to go.
With 25 to go, he was still in the top 10, and with 18 to go he had moved up to eighth. With nine to go, he took a restart in ninth position, and even though he took the second and final green-white-checkered attempt in 16th place, he moved up four positions to finish 12th, narrowly missing the cutoff spot to advance in the Chase.
QUOTING KASEY KAHNE
KAHNE (ON FINISHING 12TH AT TALLADEGA.): “You just try and get the best finish you can. Basically the restart before, they all checked up in front of me so I went high to get momentum and that didn’t work. I don’t know why that didn’t work, but it didn’t. Anyways, I’m in 20th and got back to 11th. It was tough if you weren’t in the top few spots. Once we were up there early on we could race. We had a great Farmers Insurance Chevy. We led laps, ran in the top-three and drove back to the lead. Once I was 10th or eighth, it was just really difficult to get back to that point. I think we got back to fifth or sixth, but that was about it.”