Box Score Info:
RACE: NASCAR Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series; KC Masterpiece 400
TRACK: Kansas Speedway
DRIVER: Kasey Kahne
CAR: No. 95 Tommy Williams Drywall Camaro ZL1
POINTS POSITION: 165 total points for the season; currently 27th in the driver point standings
- In celebration of Mother’s Day weekend, NASCAR’s top series traveled to Kansas Speedway for racing Saturday night under the lights of the 1.5-mile track for the 12th race of the 2018 season. Rain showers in the area condensed the on-track schedule for Friday, and teams were only given one practice session to shake their cars down prior to Saturday night. For Kasey Kahne and his No. 95 team, they were caught up in a back-up at the inspection line prior to qualifying, and unfortunately, were one of several cars who were unable to post a lap in the session Friday evening. The No. 95 Tommy Williams Drywall Camaro ZL1 was relegated to a 34th starting position.
- Saturday night’s KC Masterpiece 400 took the green flag at 7:12 p.m. CST as Kahne started from 34th in his No. 95 machine. Within the opening laps of the race, Kahne had driven his Tommy Williams Drywall Camaro ZL1 up to 27th before he radioed in to crew chief Travis Mack that the car was tight. Despite fighting the “plowing tight” conditions in the front of the car, Kahne continued to improve positions and made it up to 24th before the first caution of the day came on lap 30.
- Under the competition caution, Kahne told Mack that the No. 95 was “fairly loose in the back, tight on exit, and loose in the front.” Mack made the call for numerous adjustments on the team’s first pit stop of the night as they worked to help tighten up their Camaro ZL1. The lengthier adjustments found Kahne in 27th for the restart to begin lap 36.
- Kahne continued where he left off before the caution, improving a position at a time, and he was up to 23rd before he slapped the wall exiting Turn 2 on lap 39. The team worked to check how extensive the damage was without being forced to pit, and after several various angles, it looked as though there wasn’t any damage that appeared to be threatening to cut a tire, so they continued on. As the laps wore on though, Kahne began to drop back as he told his team that his race car was “jumping out from under” him.
- Stage 1 came to an end following lap 80, and once again, Mack called his driver in for service to work on the damaged right-rear along with another round of adjustments aimed at helping to snug up the Tommy Williams Drywall Camaro ZL1. The No. 95 lined up in 28th for the restart that began Stage 2 on lap 89. During lap 93, Kahne received damage to the right-front nose of the No. 95 after contact with the No. 13, and Mack told his driver that they were able to see a small hose in the nose of their Camaro ZL1. The damage to the nose, combined with the damage on the right-rear of the car, altered the handling and aerodynamic air flow of the No. 95. In what had started out as a challenging night having to work his way from being stuck towards the back, Kahne now had to battle an even looser-handling race car. Kahne continued to run 28th, but fell two laps down to the leaders as he told the team that his Camaro ZL1 was “way looser this run.” Mack discussed the fact that the right-rear quarter panel damage was hurting their No. 95 machine more than they had initially thought it would.
- Stage 2 came to an end following lap 160 with Kahne in 28th and three laps down to the leaders following a lengthy green-flag run. Mack opted to take the wavearound, and Kahne earned a lap back under the caution and restarted in 27th to begin lap 168. Loose-handling conditions continued in the Tommy Williams Drywall Camaro ZL1, but the team never stopped trying to make repairs and adjustments the best they could during their pit stops.
- A series of late-race cautions occurred and Kahne was able to avoid any contact which allowed him to advance positions. A multi-car wreck triggered in Turn 4 on lap 253, collected seven cars and forced the race to go under a red flag while clean-up occurred. Kahne restarted in 21st with just eight laps remaining in the race, and he was able to maintain that position until the checkered flag.
- Kevin Harvick won Saturday night’s KC Masterpiece 400 earning his fifth series victory of the season in the process. Martin Truex, Jr., Joey Logano, Kyle Larson, and Denny Hamlin rounded out the top-five finishers at Kansas, while Kahne was scored in 21st.
2018 Season Summary:
Starts - 12
Wins - 0
Top 5’s - 0
Top 10’s - 0
Poles - 0
Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race
Charlotte Motor Speedway (1.5-mile track)
Saturday, May 19, 2018