Daytona 500 Qualifying: Kasey Kahne's Crash Doesn't Bode Well for His Chances

Josh MartinNBA Lead WriterFebruary 22, 2012

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 22:  Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet, stands with crew chief Kenny Francis in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 22, 2012 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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Kasey Kahne's already down to his last car for the time being and midweek qualifying for the Daytona 500 hasn't even begun.

According to The Associated Press, Kahne wrecked his primary car in practice on Wednesday when Juan Pablo Montoya tapped the back of his Chevrolet, forcing him to spin out on the grass at Daytona International Speedway.

Kahne crashed his other backup car during an exhibition in Daytona last week. That leaves him with but one car to work with heading into Thursday's Gatorade Duel, which will determine Kahne's starting spot in Sunday's Great American Race. Should Kahne crash then, he and his team (Hendrick Motorsports) will be left scrambling for a free ride just two days before the NASCAR season opener.

At least Kahne doesn't have to worry about earning a spot in the Daytona 500 like, say, Robby Gordon, Bill Elliot, Dave Blaney and two-time winner Michael Waltrip.

Still, if Kahne can't keep his car in working condition during a practice run and an exhibition, how can he hope to survive the rough-and-tumble conditions on the track on Sunday, when the race actually matters?

Not that Kahne has ever fared particularly well at Daytona. In eight career races at the 500, Kahne has finished in the top 10 just twice, with an average finish of 21.5.

With the way Kahne's been ripping through his own vehicles over the past week, he'll be lucky to finish even that early.