04.12.14: DARLINGTIONRace 8 of 36: Darlington Raceway
RECAPPING THE RACE:
Kasey Kahne, driver of the No. 5 Great Clips Chevrolet SS, led twice for a total of 23 laps and consistently ran inside the top 10 for the majority of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway on April 12. However, he was sidelined by a late-race incident and was scored with a 37th-place finish.
Kahne started 22nd and climbed five positions by Lap 7. The driver of the No. 5 Great Clips Chevrolet SS brought the field three-wide to seize the 13th position at Lap 49. Crew chief Kenny Francis decided upon a two-tire pit stop at Lap 60, allowing Kahne to restart from the third position.
Kahne continued to race in the top 10 and was running sixth by Lap 140. One lap later, he had cracked the top five, running behind teammates Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Kahne was forced to make his green-flag pit stop early at Lap 174 due to a fuel issue during the last stop. Kahne’s early stop allowed him to take the lead for the first time that day at Lap 184. He restarted from the fourth position at Lap 223, with all three of his Hendrick Motorsports teammates behind him.
By Lap 236, Kahne was riding the fifth position. Kahne told Francis that he was experiencing a loose handling condition and came onto pit road at Lap 247 for fuel, four tires and a chassis adjustment. Despite the adjustments, Kahne continued to experience car issues and had slipped to 13th with 80 laps to go. He was sidelined by a late-race incident and was credited with a 37th-place finish.