RELATED: Kahne -Busch incidents through the years CONCORD, N.C.—It looked like Kyle Busch would drive away to a victory in Friday's NASCAR XFINITY Series Drive for the Cure 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway . But after leading 102 laps, Busch lost a top-two position on Lap 147 to race winner Austin Dillon and Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Erik Jones . Busch dropped back to third and was racing JR Motorsports and fellow NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kasey Kahne for the position. Then on Lap 151, Busch and Kahne made contact in Turn 4 that sent "Rowdy" into the wall and brought out the third and final caution of the race. Kahne appeared to make contact with Busch's back bumper, which sent him up the track and into the wall. There had been more contact before that while the two were racing side-by-side over several laps. The Lap 151 contact was costly for both drivers, hurting either of their chances at a win, but the damage was worse for Busch, who suffered heavy damage to the right side of his No. 54 Toyota. That led Busch to say over the radio, "The most obvious dump I've ever seen." Busch brought his wounded machine to the garage, where he ended the night 47 laps down and with a 31st-place finish. Kahne , who finished 12th, was not quite sure why Busch was beating on his car before the accident, but he did offer up his perspective. "Kyle got mad because he got into it with his teammate on Turn 2 on the start and it shuffled him back to where I was," Kahne said after the race. "I'm racing to try and get by where he was. He's down on me in the corners and I'm against him on the straightaways just doing normal stuff and then he starts beating on me down the back and in the front. "I overdrove Turn 3, got into him. I don't know why he started beating on me other than I think he was frustrated because his teammate kind of used him up a little bit and then got away from him in Turn 2." With both drivers regulars in the sport's top series, does Kahne expect there to be payback Saturday night? "I would hope not," Kahne said. "I don't know why he would want to have that battle. What, he wrecked me five times a couple years ago? Put me in a bad position for those two years when he was doing that. I don't think he wants that battle on Sundays." And while both drivers will be back on track Saturday night in the Sprint Cup Series Bank of America 500 (7 p.m. ET, NBC, PRN, SiriusXM), the two will likely not be on track in the XFINITY Series until next month at Phoenix International Raceway . Kahne is slated to be in the No. 88 Chevrolet for JR Motorsports that weekend, while Busch has been making regular starts in the No. 54 Toyota over the past several months. Over the years, Kahne and Busch have been involved in several wrecks with each other, notably and most recently at Pocono in June of 2014 as well as at Darlington in May of 2013. The duo even made a bet on Super Bowl XLVIII; after Kahne's beloved Seattle Seahawks beat Busch's favorite team, the Denver Broncos, Busch had to wear Seahawks gear en route to 2014 Daytona Speedweeks. Busch was not available for comment after the race, but his wife Samantha tweeted the following. Gonna keep it classy n just say 54 car was great tonight, crew did awesome and proud to support breast cancer awareness month w a pink car — Samantha Busch (@SamanthaBusch) October 10, 2015
( Photo courtesy of: Hendrick Motorsports ) RELATED: Darlington's throwback paint schemes Hendrick Motorsports and driver Kasey Kahne will pay tribute to the organization's inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season this weekend with a special throwback paint scheme similar to the one run by former driver Geoff Bodine. The majority of Sprint Cup Series teams will feature retro paint schemes on their cars this weekend as part of the return of the annual Bojangles' Southern 500 to Labor Day weekend at Darlington Raceway . Known at the time as All-Star Racing, team owner Rick Hendrick fielded the No. 5 Chevrolet for Bodine with veteran crew chief Harry Hyde calling the shots during the 1984 season. If not for a victory by Bodine, his first in the series, at Martinsville Speedway , the successful Hendrick Motorsports organization of today might never have existed. "We finished 35th in our first Darlington race back in '84 and nearly closed the doors," team owner Rick Hendrick said. "Martinsville was next on the schedule, and Harry Hyde did a great sales job and talked me into running one more race. "He was convinced Geoff could win (at Martinsville) and, thankfully, he was right. We were able to get a sponsor (Northwestern Security Life), which allowed us to finish the season and set the table for everything that's happened since." Today, HMS is a four-team Sprint Cup organization fielding entries for Kahne , Jimmie Johnson , Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr . HMS drivers have won 11 Sprint Cup titles (Johnson 6, Gordon 4, Terry Labonte 1) and 237 races. "There's so much history at Hendrick Motorsports with the wins and championships, so to go back to when it started with All-Star Racing, Geoff Bodine and that paint scheme is great," Kahne , who will run the retro look at Darlington as well as Richmond International Raceway , said. "It would mean a lot to win the Southern 500. It's always been one of the races that I've wanted to win … To do it in this car that time of the year right before the Chase, it would be a perfect time." RELATED: Kahne knows he needs win to earn Chase berth As part of a two-race partnership between Hendrick Motorsports and Hendrick Automotive Group, fans can register to win an all-expenses-paid trip to Charlotte, N.C. for a ride-along with Kahne as well as a behind-the-scenes tour of HMS. Click here for more information. "We've had a lot of success when our two companies have worked together on programs," Hendrick said "When Darlington announced the throwback concept, we thought it would be a great opportunity to bring back the All-Star Racing car and build a sweepstakes for fans and customers. "Seeing the paint scheme on the track at Darlington and Richmond will bring back a lot of memories."
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Just a few days prior to Kasey Kahne 's annual 5K, organized by the Kasey Kahne Foundation, the Hendrick Motorsports driver announced that for every person that beat him in the 3.1-mile road race, he would then donate an additional $105 to the Novant Health Hemby Children's Hospital. As an avid runner and slightly -- OK, very -- competitive individual, I gladly accepted the challenge to beat Kasey Kahne , all in the name of charity, of course. The "Five Kahne " 5K felt like the perfect assignment, an intersection of my line of work -- NASCAR -- and a passion of mine -- running. The perfect assignment it was. At first it was unclear whether or not Kahne would end up racing after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway was postponed, thanks to rain, from Saturday, Oct. 10th to Sunday, Oct. 11th. This happened to be the same day as the 5K in which only two-and-a-half hours separated the pair of events. But the driver of the No. 5 promised, via Twitter, that he would be in attendance. Though it still was unclear if he would merely just be there to witness the festivities or if he would actually lace up his sneakers for some cardio. It was confirmed to me in the most incredible way that he would, indeed, fulfill his promise and actually race. Kahne lined up around 9:55 a.m., right outside the NASCAR Hall of Fame, about five rows back from the starting line and directly in front of me. So my question was easily answered. It left me with roughly five minutes till the race's start to strategize a plan to beat him, but I managed. Keeping it short, I beat the NASCAR driver by roughly 54 seconds (but who's counting?) and I was more than happy that he could give an additional $105 check to the Charlotte-based children's hospital. I'm going to be honest, it felt pretty great to beat a professional athlete, feeding the competitive beast that, admittedly, lies within me. A total of 39 runners outran Kahne's time of 22:39, making the total donation an additional $4,095. Kahne also had a special guest, Braylon Beam, join him for the morning's events. Click here to learn more about the incredible Beam. Braylon Beam was @kaseykahne 's very special guest for today's race festivities #NASCAR pic.twitter.com/F2cY6EFAmn — Maggie MacKenzie (@Maggie_MKenzie) October 11, 2015 To find our more about the Kasey Kahne Foundation check out the website .
Driver hits hard coming out of Turn 3, exits race RELATED: Full race results " Updated series standings LONG POND, Pa. -- Kasey Kahne lost control of his No. 5 Chevrolet on Lap 4 of Sunday's Windows 10 400 , hitting the inside pit wall and bringing an early end to his day in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway. "I just got really loose really late, so far off the corner," Kahne told reporters outside the infield care center. "Really late exit. Not sure why or what happened. I just jumped out and you are so far off the corner that it's a slow slide so far down pit road. It was crazy. I've never ended up over there like that. I don't know why that was." Kahne came off of Turn 3 and smacked the wall of pit road hard around pit stalls 39 and 40, which were the pit boxes of AJ Allmendinger and Travis Kvapil . The hit caused major damage to Kahne's car and damage to the pit road wall. A NASCAR spokesperson confirmed there were no injuries in the incident. For his part, Kahne said "I'm fine" and added that "I wasn't afraid I hit anyone because it threw me right back off the wall. I was hoping that everybody saw me coming because I was coming fairly fast." Pocono Raceway President/CEO Brandon Igdalsky and track workers inspected the damage before workers welded the damaged wall as a red flag was displayed. That red flag lasted 14 minutes, 43 seconds. The incident was similar to what happened to Jeb Burton and his No. 26 Toyota in Saturday's final practice session. Burton came off of Turn 3 loose and went into the pit road wall. The damage from that hit forced the Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate to a backup car for Sunday's race. The early exit and last-place finish for Kahne could not have come at a worse time for the Hendrick Motorsports driver. After an eighth-place finish at Sonoma Raceway in June, Kahne was eighth in the point standings. Since then, Kahne has not finished better than 19th, with a 32nd-place result at Daytona, 27th-place finish at Kentucky, 19th-place finish at Loudon and a 24th-place result at Indianapolis. "That's really bad for points," Kahne said. "It's bad for just our team to lose a car that quickly into this race. And the last month has been really bad, and that was worse. I don't know what the deal is right there, how that happened. I just lost it, late exit and spun. Got loose, spun." Entering Pocono, Kahne was 13th in the point standings and holding the second-to-last spot in the provisional Chase Grid. Sunday's 43rd-place finish unofficially dropped him to 15th in the points standings, but he's still in the Chase Grid in the No. 16 spot. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Kevin Harvick will also start from the front row in Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400 RELATED: Full qualifying results " See the 43-car lineup BROOKLYN, Mich. – Kevin Harvick had his sights set on a clean sweep of knockout qualifying at Michigan International Speedway —until Kasey Kahne had other ideas late in Friday’s final round. Kahne sped around the two-mile track in 35.645 seconds (201.992 mph) to knock Harvick off the pole for Sunday's Quicken Loans 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race (1 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM). Harvick, who posted a 201.613 mph lap in the final session, had topped the charts in the first two rounds, matching Kahne's pole-winning time in the second. The Coors Light Pole Award was Kahne's first of the season and the 27th of his career—but his first since the October 2012 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway . Brad Keselowski (201.449 mph) qualified third, followed by Carl Edwards (201.067 mph) and Ryan Blaney (201.056 mph), who is running a partial schedule in the No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford. With a 2012 repaving project having narrowed the racing groove at Michigan, Kahne underscored the value of starting up front—and staying there. "It's going to be really important," said Kahne , who also gets the benefit of selecting pit stall No. 1., closest to the exit from pit road. "The track is going to change a lot, though, come Sunday, with all the racing going on this weekend and then our practices (on Saturday). "The track will be a lot different Sunday. So, there will be some passing for sure, but it's not going to be easy. So track position will play a big role in being there at the end of the race." Harvick remains the only driver to sweep all three rounds of qualifying at a single track, a feat he accomplished last year at Michigan and Indianapolis, but he fell .067 seconds of doing so for a third time. "I don't know that I got everything out of it (the final lap), but the rounds were within seven hundredths (of a second) of each other, " Harvick said. "The guys were doing a great job, and Kasey just got a little bit better lap there than we did." With possible rain in the forecast, Blaney was nervous as qualifying approached, but not because of the competition. If rain had washed out time trials, the Wood Brothers Racing car would not have made the field, based on fewest qualifying attempts this season—a product of a limited schedule. "It was funny the way it played out," Blaney said. "It looked like two cells coming at us (on the radar), and a small slit in the middle of them, and we passed right through that slit. That was just kind of lucky for us. "Like I said, it would have stung knowing how good of a car we had in practice if qualifying rained out. We're fortunate to get it in, and it's a bonus to have a good race car." Brendan Gaughan , who unlike Blaney would have benefited from a rainout, failed to make the 43-car field.
Hendrick driver kicks off Shark Week with special paint scheme SHOP: Kahne gear RELATED: Kahne driving full throttle into Cup future The instructions were simple enough. If you lose your balance or get knocked over, don't wave your arms. Don't attempt to catch yourself. The sharks will come after you if you do. As if racing at nearly 200 mph while surrounded by 42 others all battling for the same real estate wasn't dangerous enough, Kasey Kahne recently spent a few days in the water in the Bahamas. Surrounded by sharks. "One time one rubbed me pretty good; the back half of him hit me," Kahne said. "I didn't go over, but he rubbed me pretty good. Another time another one was pretty close, and I was like petting him in a way. I don't know if you pet sharks, but I touched his skin. It was real hard and rough, really tough." Kahne , driver of the Hendrick Motorsports No. 5 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series made the trip to film for Discovery Channel's upcoming Shark Week effort that kicks off Sunday night. Great Clips, a primary sponsor of Kahne's team, has backed the network's annual week-long programming for the past three seasons. "Maybe they weren't Great Whites, but they were big," Kahne said of the scuba diving excursion that placed him in the water surrounded by Caribbean reef sharks and other creatures from the deep. "I enjoyed it ... it was a neat experience and I'm really glad I got to do that." Kahne said he went through an hour-long class to familiarize himself with the equipment and the process. After diving to just under 40 feet, he settled in as a fellow diver drew the sharks in with food. "The biggest thing is just to keep your hands to yourself, don't move your hands because they're looking for food," Kahne said. "We had a guy down there in something like a steel mesh suit feeding them to keep them around us. So keep your hands to yourself, kind of keep them close to your chest and if a shark runs into you, just fall over. "You're seated on the floor, kind of have your legs wrapped around a rock to kind of hold yourself up because you're on your knees. Just fall over and kind of slowly get back up. "It was more about not making quick moves so it doesn't get their attention. It was really under control, really exciting. I loved it." Kahne's No. 5 Chevrolet will feature a Shark Week/Great Clips paint scheme for Sunday's Coke Zero 400 (7:45 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM) at Daytona International Speedway. RELATED: See Kahne's paint scheme "I grew up as a kid watching a lot of the Shark Week shows," he said. "I still do and it'll be pretty fun to see myself on there for 2-3 minutes. I think kids love that type of stuff and I think that's why it's such a big deal to Great Clips. All the kids that they see, I think the Shark Week involvement is a pretty neat deal. They do a great job with it. "I had a blast. I'll go back and do it again. I don't know if I'll swim with sharks again -- I don't know how to set all that stuff up -- but I'll definitely scuba." Watch Kahne swim with the sharks below. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Erik Jones will start alongside Kahne in the front row for tonight's event Related: Full qualifying results Making his 2015 Camping World Truck Series debut, Kasey Kahne earned his first career Truck Series Keystone Light Pole Award of the season on Friday night Charlotte Motor Speedway . Turning his No. 00 JR Motorsports Chevrolet at 181.342 mph around the 1.5-mile oval, Kahne -- who led Thursday's opening practice -- will start from the top position later tonight in the NC Education Lottery 200 (8:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1). Kyle Busch Motorsports' Erik Jones will start alongside Kahne in the front row, propelling his No. 4 ride at 181.008 mph to claim the second position on the leaderboard. Jones also led Thursday's final practice at Charlotte. Rounding out the top five for tonight's 200-mile event are Jones' KBM teammate Matt Tifft (180.511 mph), BK Racing owner and Sprint Cup veteran Brad Keselowski (180.499 mph) and NTS Motorsports' Daniel Hemric (180.270 mph), respectively. Reigning series champion Matt Crafton advanced to the final round of qualifying and will roll off the grid ninth in his No. 88 ThorSport Toyota. During the second round of qualifying, Kyle Busch Motorsports' Justin Boston spun off Turn 4, bringing out the first caution during the three rounds. The No. 54 driver will start 22nd in tonight's NC Education Lottery 200 . The second round saw a bit of chaos in its final minutes, as several drivers failed to complete a lap and GMS Racing's Spencer Gallagher spun off Turn 4. Gallagher will roll off the grid 18th tonight. Ryan Ellis , Todd Peck and Brandon Brown failed to qualify for tonight's NC Education Lottery 200 . FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Braylon Beam talks about becoming an honorary crew chief for Kasey Kahne for the Bank of America 500 while Keith Rodden explains how this opportunity came about.
Take a look at Kasey Kahne's retro scheme that he will run at Darlington Raceway this weekend, inspired by Geoff Bodine.
Hendrick Motorsports driver talks offseason plans, 2015 goals RELATED: Subscribe to NASCAR Illustrated Kasey Kahne had an up-and-down 2014. The 34-year-old driver won for a third consecutive year at Hendrick Motorsports , notching the victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the penultimate race of NASCAR's regular season. That late win vaulted the No. 5 team into the Chase and ensured that all four of Hendrick's teams were in it. But Kahne and longtime crew chief Kenny Francis didn't consistently flash the speed that their fans have been accustomed to seeing. The rumor mill began churning with talk of Keith Rodden possibly leaving Chip Ganassi Racing and returning to HMS next year to lead Kahne's team. That move was confirmed shortly after Homestead, as was a new three-year-deal for Kahne at Hendrick Motorsports . NASCAR ILLUSTRATED: What do you have planned for the offseason, anything you're particularly looking forward to? KASEY KAHNE : I'm excited mainly just to have a little break. I need a break away from racing. Looking forward to going home for a few days back to Washington in Enumclaw, hitting a Seahawks game and then heading to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, for a week to ski, snowmobile and shop. I'm looking forward to that. NI: Your Atlanta win was the high point of the season. How would you describe the relief of getting into the Chase? KAHNE : It was definitely a highlight as a team and stepping up and working together. Getting a win that night was really nice for us, nice to make the Chase and get in. But I think the win meant more than anything just to show that we're capable if we do things right. When we do things right, we're still capable and we have a lot to look forward to in the future. NI: What are your thoughts on the new Chase format now that you've been through it? KAHNE : It's been really interesting and I personally like it because both winning and consistent teams will advance. In each round, both have advanced, so to me it's kind of like the points system but it's also like a playoff. So I like that. And it's also put more pressure on the teams and drivers every single race, which has created more drama. The fighting, the running into each other, I think it's really made it more intense. It's actually been pretty damn exciting. NI: You and Russell Wilson raised $220,000 in two days during "The Drive" this summer. What does the future look like for the event? KAHNE : Russell's excited and I'm excited about our first tournament together and the first time we worked together on charity. We're gonna do it again next year and try to make it an annual deal. The golf tournament was great and the course and the people involved. We expect to grow it and want to work and make sure it's bigger and better each year. RELATED: Kahne , Super Bowl MVP team up for 'The Drive' NI: What specific areas of your team's performance need to be better in 2015? KAHNE : Really the first thing I look at is speed in practice, qualifying, race. We don't have those fast laps like we've always had in the past. We have to look at that; I have to look at that, we have to look at that as a team. Our pit stops have to be better. You can't lose spots every time off pit road and expect to do well in this series. It's way too competitive. I think both of those things and just the communication and working together, normal things that you have to have as a team. I just think we all need to get a little better at that. I think it will all take care of itself once we get the speed back, once we know we’re putting up fast laps whenever we're on the track. SUBSCRIBE NOW!