Kahne Has Positive Finish at Phoenix

Kahne Has Positive Finish at Phoenix

by November 11, 2013 0 comments

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AVONDALE, Ariz :: The 2013 Chase for the Sprint Cup hasn’t been one that Kasey Kahne had in mind when things kicked off back in Chicago in September. Before this weekend, Kahne had only finished in the top ten twice, at Charlotte back in mid-October and last week at Texas.

Kasey went to Phoenix trying to salvage whatever he could of his Chase and did so on Sunday afternoon finishing second to race winner, Kevin Harvick.

Kahne, who started seventh on Sunday afternoon rode around much of the top ten throughout the day, and admitted that pit strategy played a role in his second place finish on Sunday.

“Yeah there was just really a lot of strategies throughout the race. Everybody was kind of switching about 10 or 15 cars who were in the front and who weren’t. We were able to work our way back. Kenny (Francis, crew chief) had a great strategy throughout the race and we got our car really good about (lap) 150. Said Kahne following his second consecutive top five finish.

2013 has been a disappointing season for Kahne overall. Yes, he had two wins, but hasn’t been much of a factor throughout much of the season.

His Chase chances went up in smoke in New Hampshire when he finished 37th in the second race of the NASCAR’s playoff. He then went on to post finishes outside of the top ten in the following two weeks at Kansas and Talladega.

Kahne said he gets down when he thinks about the disappointment over the course of the season. But he and the Farmers Insurance team have battled back the last two weeks.

“Yeah, I think you lose a little confidence. I get down once in a while and feel pretty bad about what’s going on. I thought just — we’ve had a lot of things happen to us this year, but we’ve battled back the last two weeks. “

Kahne heads to Homestead where he’s had some success over the course of his career. Last year he ended the 2012 season on a disappointing note with a 21st place finish and hopes to finish off the season strong.

“We’ll try to finish off strong at Homestead with another top 5 and maybe prepare a little better for next year and try to have a little more consistent, stronger year from start to finish.”

Chris Owens
For years, Chris has been traveling the country shooting photos capturing some of the sport's most unique moments and writing articles about grassroots racing and the NASCAR. Chris is the track photographer for Dillon Motor Speedway, and he has created websites for regional racing media outlets as well as for a few clients in the various traveling Late Model divisions. He also created a website for NASCAR Nationwide Series driver, Danny Efland.

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