Second straight miserable week puts Kahne in must-win position

Reid Spencer - NASCAR Wire Service Monday, Aug 10 1256
A week after destroying his car in a Lap 3 crash at Pocono and finishing last, Kasey Kahne was the victim of a restart wreck on Lap 49 of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International.

Kahne finished 12 laps down in 42nd place in the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen and dropped to 17th in the series standings, in dire jeopardy of failing to qualify for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Having scored a mere three points in the last two weeks, Kahne currently is 51 points behind Clint Bowyer in 14th – at a minimum the points position Kahne would have to reach to make the Chase.

A victory, of course, would turn his season around in an instant.

“I made it longer this week than last,” Kahne laughed balefully as his car sat in the garage under repair. “That was pretty awful last week. Yeah, at this rate we’re going to need to win. That’s the only way we’ll go into the Chase. I don’t know what my deal is. But we’ve got to get a little better. I need to get a little better. We had a nice test at Bristol, so I feel that will help us when we get there.

“And Michigan; there were times at Indianapolis when we were really quick with that (high-drag) package. I know they’re working hard to bring a little less drag and more downforce type deal there for us, all four of us. So hopefully we can run good at Michigan and maybe get a win there. We’ve won there before and also won there at Bristol before; so, maybe one of those tracks. Darlington and Richmond; there are some tracks that we could run really well at.”