Kasey Kahne had his hopes up.
After a great performance in the Budweiser Shootout and a victory in his Gatorade Duel race, Kahne was feeling optimistic about his chances in the Daytona 500.
But a late-race wreck marred NASCAR’s biggest race for Kahne, and it resulted in a 30th-place finish.
“I was disappointed with last week and it took me a couple of days to recover, just because it’s the Daytona 500,” he said. “…I had a lot of high hopes, and that kind of got blasted with a couple of laps to go.”
Kahne said he and his team understands that Daytona means little in the long run and shouldn’t impact the rest of the season. The team got a chance to tire-test here last month and with the prospect of using the Ford engine this year, Kahne said his team is “sitting just fine.”
“There are actually a lot of guys that will finish in the Chase around me [in points], which makes me not really worry much at all,” he said. “We just need to get things rolling and finish up strong the next couple of weeks.”