Kahne works his way to 11th in Las Vegas Sunday

It was a day of ups and downs for Enumclaw NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Kasey Kahne Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but when the checkered flag finally fell, the No. 9 Budweiser Dodge finished 11th.

It was a day of ups and downs for Enumclaw NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Kasey Kahne Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but when the checkered flag finally fell, the No. 9 Budweiser Dodge finished 11th.

“It so easy to get behind when things aren’t going exactly right,” Kahne said. “As a team, the guys have done a great job so far getting the best finish while trying to make the least amount of mistakes to get the best results. We’re getting better. We still have some work to do. To come out of here with an 11th-place finish is good because we really worked hard trying to get our car better all day.”

Kahne credited crew chief Kenny Francis for sticking with it and finding the right balance in the end.

“We’ll take it,” Francis said. “We’ve been struggling a bit and just kept working on it as hard as we could all day and ended up 11th. It was a good finish for our Budweiser Dodge. We’ just keep trying to get the best finishes that we can and build up some points while we keep working on our stuff to make it better.”

Las Vegas native Kyle Busch won the race.

Sprint Cup racing continues Sunday from Atlanta. Television coverage begins at 10:30 a.m. on FOX.

More in Sports

Sumner’s Rodriguez is 4A dive champion

Enumclaw Hornets also take 5th and 12th.

EHS boys, White River girls headed to hoop regionals, then state tournaments

Regionals are this weekend, with both away games on Saturday.

White River takes Mat Classic championships

Bonney Lake nabbed second, Enumclaw in 7th and Sumner finishes 13th.

Area athletes make it official, sign with collegiate programs

Students who signed letters of intent included Tre Weed of Sumner High, Annabelle Hall of White River High, and Teagan Eldridge of Enumclaw High.

White River among favorites for team title

The boys wrestling team claimed the regional championship last weekend

Sumner’s Clark 4A wrestling champ, White River takes 8th as a team

Hornet Payton Shroud took second in the 120 pound weight class.

Top gymnasts primed for state

Sumner, White River and Enumclaw athletes will be heading to sate this year.

Playoff hoops: some still alive, others ousted at districts

White River girls, Enumclaw boys still in the mix

Girls climb in wrestling rankings, two on national list

Check out which female wrestlers from the Enumclaw, White River and Sumner-Bonney Lake school districts are ranking high in their leagues.

EHS students advance to state robotics competition

The Robo Knights – consisting of Nathan Erickson, Hailey Henken, Chloe Nemish, Billy Staley and Jacob Woodley – will represent EHS Feb. 11 at the ShoWare Center in Kent.

Local athletes score well in Special Olympic tournaments

The local three-member team earned a silver medal at the state bowling tournament, competing against teams from all across the state at Kenmore Lanes.

Spartan swimmers qualify for league, district meets

Sumner High coach Maari Bennett was nothing but positive following the Spartans’ Jan. 4 swim and dive meet.