It took one lap to realize something was wrong.
Last June, Kasey Kahne took the green flag to start the 160-lap race. Seconds later, a vibration rattled his No. 5 Chevrolet, forcing Kahne to take it to the garage after one lap for what was diagnosed as a problematic U-joint.
Any shot at victory was over. And it was too bad. He probably would’ve won.
Once the problem was fixed, Kahne came back to the track and tallied more fastest laps than anyone in the race (51) – despite a 36th-place finish. A couple months later, he won at Pocono.
What could’ve been …
Kahne has now gone 28 starts without a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory, dating back to his August win in Pocono. He led 66 laps en route to his 16th career win that race, and if not for the aforementioned mechanical troubles in the June Pocono event, may have swept the two Pocono events
In 20 starts at Pocono, Kahne has two Coors Light Poles, two wins, five top fives and seven top 10s.
It would behoove Kahne to recapture that Pocono glory. Currently 18th in points and without a victory, he’s on the outside looking in, in regards to a potential spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. A win, of course, would all but lock him in.