With only two races to go before the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup begins, competition on the track is at fever pitch, making for some nail-biting action for both competitors and spectators. More than 100,000 fans showed up to watch Saturday’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway and saw Matt Kenseth take the checkered flag for the fifth time this season, with Kasey Kahne close behind, followed by Juan Pablo Montoya, Brian Vickers and Joey Logano in the top five places. That Kahne didn’t make first place was not for lack of trying as he repeatedly tried to pass Kenseth in the last twelve laps of the race, but it was not to be as Kenseth pushed ahead for the win.
Some keen followers of the NASCAR Sprint Cup series appeared to anticipate that Kahne may wreck Kenseth in retaliation for being wrecked by him earlier in the season at Watkins glen, but in a post-race interview Kahne noted that he just doesn’t wreck people and tried to pass as clean as he could, voicing some frustration that he had not been able to make it happen. Nonetheless, he achieved a finish, and in a good position, putting him 8th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Standings.
The top twelve in the Sprint cup standings at present are:
1. Jimmie Johnson – #48 Chevrolet – 821 points
2. Clint Bowyer – #15 Toyota – 803 points
3. Carl Edwards – #99 Ford – 768 points
4. Kevin Harvick – #29 Chevrolet – 760 points
5. Kyle Busch – #18 Toyota – 739 points
6. Matt Kenseth – #20 Toyota – 736 points
7. Dale Earnhardt Jr. – #88 Chevrolet – 714 points
8. Kasey Kahne – #5 Chevrolet – 701 points
9. Greg Biffle – #16 Ford – 698 points
10. Joey Logano – #22 Ford – 685 points
11. Brad Keselowski – #2 Ford – 681 points
12. Kurt Busch – #78 Chevrolet – 679 points
Completed in 1959, Charlotte Motor Speedway is a regular venue for NASCAR events and will be hosting the Bank of America 500 on 13 October. The Sprint Cup 600-Mile race record of 155.687 was set by Kasey Kahne on 27 May 2012, and the Sprint Cup qualifying record is held by Elliott Sadler at 193.216 set in 2005. Don’t miss the excitement of the upcoming race!
Date: 13 October 2012
Venue: Charlotte Motor Speedway
State: North Carolina
Country: United States
Kasey Kahne took the checkered flag in the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at New Hampshire Speedway on the weekend, his second victory in this Sprint Cup season. While conceding that the miscommunication between driver Denny Hamlin and Darian Grubb in the pits helped him to victory, Kahne was reported as remarking “I’ll take ’em any way we can”. While the bungle in the Hamlin camp may have changed Kahne’s second place to a victory, Kahne was right up there with the top four throughout the race.
The miscommunication between Hamlin and Grubb will no doubt serve as a reminder that anything can happen in this fast-paced sport. Despite the time lost in the pits where four tires were replaced instead of two, Hamlin returned to the race in 13th place and fought his way to the front, making it to second place before the race ended with Hamlin just 2.738 second seconds behind Kahne. Clint Bowyer, Dale Earnhardt Jr and Brad Keselowski took 3rd, 4th and 5th position respectively.
Kyle Busch took and held the lead for the first 66 laps of the race, but a drive-through penalty for entering the pit road too fast, and a delay in the pits where his crew encountered a problem with one of the car’s tires, resulted in a 16th place finish. Kahne’s victory puts him in a more favorable position to qualify for the Chase – where the top ten drivers in the point standings compete against one another for the last ten races of the season. Two addition spots, ‘wild cards’, are given to the drivers with the most wins ranking 11th to 20th in points.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings are:
1. Matt Kenseth – #17 Ford – 707 points
2. Dale Earnhardt JR – #88 Chevrolet – 691 point
3. Greg Biffle – #16 Ford – 667 points
4. Jimmie Johnson – #48 Chevrolet – 656 points
5. Denny Hamlin – #11 Toyota – 628 points
6. Kevin Harvick – #29 Chevrolet – 622 points
7. Tony Stewart – #14 Chevrolet – 618 points
8. Martin Truex Jr. – #56 Toyota – 614 points
9. Clint Bowyer – #15 Toyota – 614 points
10. Brad Keselowski – #2 Dodge – 613 points
On Sunday, 3 October 2010, Kasey Kahne delivered a breathtaking performance at Kansas Speedway and qualified for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. He is a driver that everyone has been keeping an eye on since he began his racing career, and many believe that there is still a great future waiting for Kahne. He managed to capture his 19th pole of his career on Sunday, which was also the third pole he had managed to take during the NASCAR Sprint Cup season. This year has not been short of excitement and progress for Kahne.
Born in Enumclaw, in Washington, on 10 April 1980, Kasey Kahne is one of the lucky few who has been able to makes his dreams become reality. While almost every boy dreams of becoming a race car driver during their childhood, it is not often that they get the opportunity to fulfill their aspirations, but Kasey Kahne has done much more than just become a fantastic driver, he contributes to the sport is various ways. He can be seen driving the Budweiser Ford Fusion (#9) in the Sprint Cup Series for Richard Petty Motorsports, as well as the Great Clips Toyota Camry (Braun Racing) in the Nationwide Series. Over and above his driving commitments, Kasey Kahne also has his own racing team, named Kasey Kahne Racing, which fields cars for Brady Bacon (USAC Sprint Car Series), Joey Saldana (World of Outlaws), Brad Sweet (USAC Midgets) and Cody Darrah (World of Outlaws).
Driving for Richard Petty Motorsports, Kahne clocked a speed of 174.644 miles per hour to a lap in his Budweiser Ford Fusion, and took the fastest lap time during the second lap at a speed of 173.433 miles per hour. With so many exciting moments happening in Kahne’s life at present, next year is going to be thrilling. The 2010 racing season will be the last time Kahne will be driving for Richard Petty Motorsport, as it was announced that he will be participating in the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Season for Red Bull Racing, and will then be joining Hendrick Motorsports in 2012. The future looks bright for this thirty-year-old driver, with new adventures waiting around each corner.
Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina, was the stage for Saturday night’s Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup. The night was full of fast-paced action, with an exciting turn of events taking place as Jeff Burton took his No. 31 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet to its limit to take home the winner’s trophy.
The race was exciting and had the phenomenal 160,000-strong crowd on the edge of their seats. Jeff Burton led the final 57 laps of the race, finally managing to beat 2nd place winner Kasey Kahne by just one second. Burton’s entire racing strategy was a gamble, but it paid off. This is his second victory this season and it has had even bigger implications for him in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series. The win helped Burton gain 30 points on Jimmie Johnson, who only finished sixth in the race. Burton is now just 69 points behind Jimmie Johnson for the Sprint Cup and there are still plenty of races in the season for Burton to gain even more ground. Commenting on his move up on the Sprint Cup standings, Burton said: “People keep wanting to give the trophy to someone, but we’re only halfway through this chase, and it’s a long time from here to Homestead.” Indeed, contenders for the coveted Sprint Cup trophy are only five races into the ten-race chase. A lot can happen between now and then and Burton’s latest victory might give him quite a big psychological advantage over his chief rival.
Dodge driver Kurt Busch finished third and both he and Kasey Kahne were a surprise to fans who watched Johnson fade into the background after some stiff competition initially. Carl Edwards had an even more dismal race, crashing early and finishing a distant 33rd. Prior to the start of the race, Edwards had been second in the standings for the Sprint Cup, just 72 points behind Johnson. He will now have to work extremely hard if he wants to regain the ground he has lost. Sprint Cup contenders will be looking forward to driving at Martinsville, Atlanta, Texas, Phoenix and Miami during the second half of the challenge. A lot has already happened in the first half of the Sprint Cup challenge and it is impossible at this point to predict who will be taking the Cup home after the Miami finale.