Kahne hopes to save his job with an­other Po­cono vic­tory

The Washington Post Sunday - - BASEBALL -

Kasey Kahne was busy cel­e­brat­ing his win in the Brick­yard 400 and missed team owner Rick Hen­drick stat­ing that plans were not set for the No. 5 car next sea­son.

Kahne’s ride. The one he’s un­der con­tract to drive in 2018.

“I didn’t hear that un­til I got home,” Kahne said. “I pretty much knew it. There’s not a lot you can do.”

Kahne’s fate has been in limbo for most of the sea­son be­cause of run-of-the mill fin­ishes and spon­sor­ship woes. Farmer’s In­sur­ance bailed on Kahne. And Great Clips was signed as the pri­mary spon­sor for 10 races an­nu­ally through 2018, but that deal ended early — and so could Kahne’s run with Hen­drick Mo­tor­sports.

“There’s noth­ing con­crete or done, and that hasn’t changed,” Hen­drick said. “We’ll see how things shake out at the end of the year.”

Kahne has two ca­reer wins (2008, 2013) at Po­cono Race­way. A third Sun­day in Long Pond, Pa., could make a de­ci­sion for Hen­drick that much tougher.

XFIN­ITY SE­RIES: Ryan Preece sur­vived a green-whitecheck­ered fin­ish at Iowa Speed­way in New­ton to earn his first ca­reer vic­tory.

TRUCK SE­RIES: Christo­pher Bell passed John Hunter Ne­mechek for the lead with six laps left and held on to win at Po­cono. Kyle Busch, owner of Bell’s truck, dom­i­nated un­til a late wreck knocked him out of the race.

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