Opinion: Sonoma Reminds Us That SAFER Barriers Need to Be Everywhere

By: Toby Christie – @Toby_Christie

One of the greatest safety innovations in racing history is the SAFER barrier, or the metal walls, with energy absorbing foam that sit in front of the existing concrete walls at race tracks around the country. Fans, drivers and members of the NASCAR industry have called for tracks to add SAFER barriers at every section of the track inside and out, but every now and again cars in severe accidents find exposed concrete walls.

This weekend, at Sonoma Raceway during the Toyota / Save Mart 350 we were reminded once again how important the softer SAFER barrier walls are.
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The Final Lap Weekly NASCAR Racing Radio Podcast #459 Kasey Kahne / Brandon Jones Bristol Preview

SHOW #459 – Guests: Kasey Kahne / Brandon Jones – We break down the All Star Race format and drivers involved, News of the week includes Matt Kenseth, Dale Jr., F1’s Lewis Hamilton, NASCAR Heat Evolution, what the drivers did during the break and a full Bristol Preview. Hosted by Kerry Murphey and Toby Christie.

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Biffle, Kahne search for Victory Lane at Darlington

kasey_kahneOne of the bigger surprises of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season was veteran stars Greg Biffle and Kasey Kahne failing to make the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

This year, the two experienced wheelmen find themselves in a similar predicament.

With just two races remaining until NASCAR’s playoffs, Kahne (52 points below the final Chase spot) and Biffle (-144) both need a win to get in.

They get their first of two chances at a final triumph in Sunday’s Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway (6 p.m. ET on NBC) where both have experienced past success.

Biffle has won at Darlington twice (2005-06) and claims three top-five and six top-10 finishes in 15 starts there.

“I’m really looking forward to Darlington,” Biffle said. “It’s my second best track, second favorite track to race at. We ran well there last year and I’m looking forward to going back, especially with Hooters on the car. This weekend is a good opportunity to get a solid finish and race for the win. I think we are capable of it.”

Kahne has never won at the track known as “The Lady in Black,” but has shown he can get around it fast. He has earned the pole position at Darlington four times and has three top-five, as well as four top-10 finishes there in 13 starts. In 2014, Kahne found himself outside of the Chase on Labor Day Weekend at Atlanta, but won the race to make the playoffs.

“Darlington has a great history and since I’ve been in the sport, I look forward to it every time because of how difficult it is to race there,” Kahne said. “I haven’t won there yet, but we’ve been close at times, and it would be great to do it this trip and in the LiftMaster throwback car. I think Darlington is the perfect track to race the throwback cars at and I’ve enjoyed it.”

The Final Lap Weekly NASCAR Podcast – #408 Kasey Kahne / Erik Jones – Talladega Superspeedway Blah!


kasey_kahneSHOW #408 – Guests: Kasey Kahne, Erik Jones – We recap the thrilling Richmond race, the Tony Stewart lug-nuts-gate saga continues, Kyle Petty Charity Ride kicks off, Amelia is back!, a full Talladega Superspeedway Blah! Preview. Hosted by Kerry Murphey and Toby Christie

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Kasey Kahne Snags First Top 5 of 2016 at Richmond

mediatour3_kaseykahne_012116KASEY KAHNE GETS FIRST TOP FIVE THIS YEAR
April 24, 2016

By Reid Spencer
NASCAR Wire Service

For the first time this year, Kasey Kahne got a close-up view of the best cars in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race – and not when they were passing him.

Kahne ran in the top nine throughout Sunday’s Toyota Owners 400 and finished fourth, posting his first top five since the Chase race at Kansas Speedway last October. The solid run at Richmond was the best evidence of the progress his Hendrick Motorsports team is making.

“It was a strong weekend for our team,” Kahne acknowledged. “Communications side with (crew chief) Keith (Rodden) and the engineers, just kind of what we worked on, the direction we went was really solid all weekend, similar to Bristol. We just finished it off today. Continue reading “Kasey Kahne Snags First Top 5 of 2016 at Richmond”