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Chain-reaction incident on restart leaves Kasey Kahne scrambling to make Chase (VIDEO)

Cheez-It 355 - Qualifying

Cheez-It 355 - Qualifying

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Kasey Kahne’s woes continued Sunday when he was collected in a crash during a mid-race restart at Watkins Glen International, further threatening his chances of making the Chase .

Kahne finished 42nd. The incident came a week after he crashed early at Pocono Raceway and finished 43rd. He’s lost 101 points to the Chase bubble in the last two races, going from 50 points ahead to 51 points behind. He’s finished no better than 19th in the last six races.

“I made it longer this week than last,’’ Kahne said with a slight chuckle to NBCSN’s Mike Massaro. “At this rate, we’re going to need to win. That’s going to be the only way we go into the Chase. I don’t know. I don’t know what my deal is. We’ve got to get a little better. I need to get a little better.

“We had a nice test at Bristol so that will help us when we get there. Michigan, there were times at Indianapolis we were really quick in that package. Hopefully, we can run good at Michigan and get a win there.

“There’s Darlington and Richmond. There’s some tracks we could run really well at.’’

Kahne made the Chase last year with a win shortly before the Chase began.

Kahne had a rough day at Watkins Glen. He hit a loose tire on pit road, damaging the right right wheel well. He later was involved in an incident on a restart when Sam Hornish Jr. didn’t get a good start and jammed the lane behind him. There was contact among a few cars. Kahne ran into the back of another car.