07-27-2017 Tri-City Area Sports

Kasey Kahne gets Brickyard 400 overtime win

Kasey Kahne is breathing a sigh of relief after grabbing his first win of the 2017 season in NASCAR’s Monster Energy Cup Series at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Kahne, who joined the NASCAR Cup Series in 2004 as a rookie, had been suffering a trophy drought since his last win in 2014. On Sunday, after three red-flag stops attributed to weather and accidents, Kahne brought home the checkered flag in the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400.

Kahne tallied his 18th career win over 14 years and earned his third top five finish of the season.

In the 20th race of the year, Sunday’s race featured 10 lead changes, 14 caution periods covering 55 laps, and two overtime runs. The race was originally scheduled for 160 laps on the 2.5 mile paved track but accidents that brought out the caution flag sent the contest into a seven-lap overtime period.

Sixteen drivers finished the event on the lead lap.

Kahne led 12 laps. Second-place finisher Brad Keselowski, whom Kahne passed to take the lead, led 23 laps. Keselowski has two wins and 10 top five finishes this season.

Ryan Newman took third place. Newman has one win this season.

Joey Logano nabbed his eighth top five finish of the year after he settled into fourth place. Logano has one win this season.

Matt Kenseth led 21 laps and earned his fifth top five finish this year. Kenseth is winless this year and is quickly running out of time to get that victory and shoot for a playoff spot.

The big story of the day was pole sitter Kyle Busch, who led 87 laps, getting tangled up with Martin Truex Jr. and sending both cars bouncing off walls and down the track.

Truex Jr.’s vehicle burst into flames and the driver scrambled to get out.

Erik Jones led 10 laps on Sunday but did not finish in the top five.

Drivers are at Pocono Raceway for Sunday’s Overton’s 400.  The teams last visited Pocono in June of this year when Ryan Blaney got his first career victory. Blaney just might have the edge this weekend. Check back to see who took home the trophy.

Sailing classes and races hit the open seas on Paw Paw Lake

Statistics regarding boating in the United States vary widely. According to one online sailing site, there are 15.7 million boats in use in the U.S. Approximately 12.7 million United States households own a boat, and 4.1 million individuals sailed on the waters in 2016.

Those numbers indicate a large population of people who have or should have taken sailing classes. Or, perhaps sailors learned at the knees of their parents or grandparents.