Kahne Keeps Contending

Kasey Kahne

Kasey Kahne is 11th in the standings with five races left in the regular season. (Photo: Getty Images)

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LONG POND, Pa. – Kasey Kahne was able to take advantage of Sunday’s wild ending of the Pennsylvania 400 to finish second behind race winner Jeff Gordon.

Kahne was the beneficiary of Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth colliding while racing for the lead on what was the day’s final restart and the accident the came in the aftermath.

When the lineup was re-set after caution, Kahne found himself further to the front of the field and finally with a runner-up effort after rain came to end the race on lap 98.

“It's tough. You know, turn one at Pocono, you go for that corner pretty hard,” Kahne said of the last dash. “I actually got a pretty decent start. Shot in there pretty good, was just lucky I was on the bottom or I would have been in that whole mess.

“It worked out good for us. Passed those five cars, came out of the corner in second spot, ended up there. It was good. The timing was perfect.”

The ending was sweet for Kahne who didn’t have a particularly great day going earlier. He had an issue on pit road and some other challenges that fortunately didn’t get in the way of what turned out to be a solid performance.

“Yeah, we had a great car,” said Kahne. “(Crew chief) Kenny Francis … did an awesome job to get it to go through the corners as quickly as it did. The Hendrick power is something else here on these long straightaways. I just felt really good with the whole car, the Farmers Insurance Chevrolet.

“I made a mistake on pit road there, slid too far and slid over the hose. It cost us a lot of time on the racetrack and a couple positions. I was pretty frustrated with myself over that. Can't make those mistakes. But the car was really solid.”

Kahne is 11th in the Sprint Cup Series standings with five races left in the regular season. He’s the leader in the Wild Card standings but although he’s ultimately like to get into the top 10 knows teammates like Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. are going to be challengers the rest of the way.

“It would look really good,” Kahne said of all four Hendrick cars making the Chase. “It would make Mr. H pretty happy. He's been happy with the speed we've had all year, all the teams. He talks about Jeff every week, how fast they are, the bad luck they've had.

“Today he escaped it. He got to the bottom, they wrecked in front of him, he won the race. Everything worked out perfect for him today. He's back to, I guess, 12th in points or second wildcard. Now we got to watch out for them. Those guys get a little confidence, as fast as they've been, they can be pretty tough for each week.”

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