NASCAR’s 2009 Top 12

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Hello, NASCAR race fans! I’m covering the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final standings in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. As a review, 12th place was #83 Brian Vickers. In 11th was #99 Carl Edwards.  Today is #9 Kasey Kahne, finishing in tenth.

Kasey is good on intermediate tracks, and there are five of these races in the chase. Lowes in Charlotte, Auto Club in California, Texas, Kansas and Homestead-Miami. This is Kasey’s second chase appearance. He won the road course event at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, giving Richard Petty his first win since 1999. The win placed him in fifth to start the chase.

However, the title was not meant to be. In New Hmpshire, the first race of the chase, the crank shaft in the new Dodge engine blew and he finished in 38th, putting him last in the standings. He rebounded (with the old engine) at Dover with an eighth place finish, and a sixth at Kansas.

At Auto Club Speedway in California, #2 Kurt Busch got into Kasey and spun him late in the race, leaving him with a 34th place finish. At Lowes, he finished third, moving him up two spots to ninth place in the standings. Kasey spun around in Martinsville, finishing 32nd. That brought him back down two spots.

At Talladega Kasey finished second to winner, #26 Jamie McMurray, putting him back up two spots to ninth. A late incident at Texas left him with a 33rd place finish, knocking him down to tenth. Kasey was just mediocre at Phoenix and Homestead-Miami, finishing 15th and 17th.

Engine troubles early, and crashes during the chase left Kasey in tenth place for the year. He was the final driver to get to go to Las Vegas for the Sprint Cup banquet.

Richard Petty Motorsports is merging with Yates in 2010, and Kasey will be driving a Ford, with a Yates engine. Although Ford did not do well in 2009, with only three wins for the season, the new engine was raced in the final few races, and did well.

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