Hendrick Motorsports Kasey Kahne had a career move late in the race and saved his job likely with winning the 2017 Brickyard 400. Kasey Kahne pitted with 8 laps to go when the caution came out which allowed him to pit and get back out behind the pace car first. Kahne overcame several cautions and darkness to win the biggest race of his career.
This year’s race was a crash filled race and attendance was still down at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. From green flag to checkered flag, the race took 6 hours and 10 minutes which included a record 14 caution flags and 2 red flags.
Kyle Busch dominated most of the race winning the first 2 segments before being taken out after a restart by Martin Truex Jr. Truex and Busch ran 1 and 2 most of the race before taking each other out. This is Hendrick Motorsports 10th Brickyard 400 win and a career saving win for Kahne. It couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy who is beloved throughout the garage and grandstands.
Next year’s Brickyard 400 will move to September and will likely have to have an earlier start time than 3 PM due to darkness being even earlier than it was tonight.
Congrats to Kasey Kahne. 2017 Brickyard 400 Champion