11.17.13: Homestead - CHASE FINALERace 36 of 36: Homestead-Miami Speedway
Final 2013 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Point Standings: 12th
RECAPPING THE RACE:
Kasey Kahne, driver of the No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet SS, finished 13th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 17 and concluded the 2013 season 12th in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship standings.
Kahne, 33, opened Sunday’s finale from the 13th position and encouraged his team to finish the season strong.
Kahne spent the majority of the race chasing the handling of the No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet SS with crew chief Kenny Francis. Initially, Kahne reported a tight-handling condition that Francis addressed when the caution flag was waved a second time on Lap 23. During the ensuing pit stop, Francis ordered four fresh tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment. Kahne restarted 20th and climbed to 13th before reporting a loose-handling concern.
Francis ordered more adjustments throughout the race, which helped, but then the No. 5 Chevy SS swung to the tight side as the sun set over the 1.5-mile South Florida oval. Kahne climbed as high as 11th, which is where he was running when he reported a vibration with just under 100 laps to go. He made an unscheduled pit stop for Francis and the No. 5 team to check it out. He returned to the track with fresh left-side tires running 26th and improved to finish the race 13th.