NASCAR: Kahne finishes 5th at Sumsung Mobile 500

Kasey Kahne started fifth and finished fifth in Monday's NASCAR Sprint Cup rain-delayed Samsung Mobile 500 from Texas Motor Speedway.

The fifth-place finish capped a busy week for the Enumclaw native. Earlier he announced plans to drive with Hendrick Motorsports beginning in 2012.

“We had a good run," Kahne said. "We started fifth, so it was a pretty decent day. We fell back at one point. The car was pretty loose the whole race, so we just fell back trying to work on it and make the right adjustments. It was a fine line, so we

never really got it, but we had a good finish. The team did a good job and it was nice this weekend to get a top five, so it was good for

our Budweiser Ford.”

Kahne said it was a nice way to end a busy week.

“Yeah, it was a nice ending. I would have loved to win, like everybody here, but it was a good ending. We’ve had a great week and the team did an awesome job today. They stepped up and we got a top five. We probably weren’t the fifth-fastest car, but that’s where we ended up. We needed that, so it was good for us.”

Monday's finish moved Kahne up four spots to 22nd in driver standings.

Sprint Cup racing continues Sunday from Talladega, Ala. Television coverage begins locally at 10 a.m. on FOX.

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