NASCAR: Engine failure blows Kahne’s chance at good Chase finish

The race for the NASCAR Sprint Cup title didn’t start well for Kasey Kahne. The Enumclaw driver finished 38th at New Hampshire Sunday after losing an engine on Lap 67.

“We lost an engine, I don’t know why,” Kahne said. “I felt it start to run a little bit rough down the backstretch and it broke on the frontstretch. I thought that it was coming, the gauges all looked good, but I knew that it was coming.

“We had a good car. I think we were up to eighth or ninth. It seemed like our Budweiser Dodge was decent. We had some things to do to make it better.”

Mark Martin won the race, keeping him in the top spot in drivers’ standings. With nine races remaining, the finish plummeted Kahne to the No. 12 spot.

“It’s disappointing,” Kahne said. “It’s better than last week because we wouldn’t have been in the Chase. We just have to work extra hard now. I don’t know how this all works. You never know in the Chase if you can have a mulligan or not. This team is doing a nice job. We’ll be 12th when we leave here. Hopefully, we can make gains in those final nine (races).”

Racing continues Sunday at Dover’s Monster Mile.

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