AVONDALE, Ariz. (November 11, 2012) – Great Clips took center stage this weekend as title sponsor of the NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Phoenix International Raceway. With a full house of Great Clips executives, franchisees, managers and stylists in attendance, Kasey Kahne debuted on the track the newly designed No. 38 Great Clips Chevy featuring the vibrant colors and angular shapes reflected by the new brand imagery of Great Clips salons around the country. Kahne had one of the fastest cars on the track and ran in the top-three for a majority of Saturday's Great Clips 200, ending the day with a fifth-place finish.
After starting from the seventh spot, Kahne wasted no time working his way to the front of the pack. By lap 19, he had taken over the third spot and was battling for second. After getting caught up on the outside groove, he was forced back to the fourth spot, but his determination was in no way diminished. A caution on lap 33 slowed the field and prompted the first round of pit stops. Crew chief Trent Owens guided Kahne down pit road for service, instructing the crew to change left side tires and fill the car with fuel.
After lining up fourth for the restart, Kahne quickly jumped into the second spot and began chasing down the leader. He was in position to make a pass for the lead when the next caution was displayed on lap 71. This time, Owens called for right side tires and fuel, putting the Great Clips Chevy back in the second spot.
After a dicey restart, Kahne dropped to fifth but immediately began working his way forward. By lap 114, he was once again in the second spot with his eyes on the top spot. Once again, just as he was ready to make his pass for the lead, the yellow flag was shown to the field. Owens called his driver to pit road for service and instructed the Great Clips crew to change four tires, add fuel and make a track bar adjustment. Due to all of the teams opting for differing pit strategies, Kahne was posted in the 11th spot upon his return to the track.
Track position proved key but Kahne methodically worked his way through traffic. He made it up to the seventh spot before NASCAR threw another yellow flag for a spin on the track. Kahne came to pit road for the final time, taking two tires and fuel. As some teams chose not to pit, Kahne restarted from the 12th position.
Over the final 50 laps of the race, Kahne was running some of the fastest lap times on the track but there was just not enough time left. Fighting hard for every spot, he crossed the line in the fifth spot in his final start of the season in the No. 38 Great Clips Chevy.
Next Stop: The NASCAR Nationwide Series makes its annual return to south Florida for the 2012 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The Ford EcoBoost 300 will be broadcast LIVE on ESPN2 at 4:00 p.m. ET and MRN affiliates at 4:15 p.m.