Kasey Kahne holds last Eliminator Round spot by a single point

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These sort of pressure cooker-type situations should really feel like second nature to Kasey Kahne at this point.

Kahne, the man that made the Chase by winning the next-to-last regular season race and then earned the 12th and final spot in the current Contender Round by a mere two points, is now holding a one-point lead over Matt Kenseth for the eighth and final advance position to the Eliminator Round going into next Sunday’s cut race at Talladega.

One wonders if Kahne went “Ho-hum” upon being told of that following his 10th-place finish in last night’s Bank of America 500 at Charlotte – a result that he himself thought was better than expected.

“It was better than we ran most of the night,” said Kahne, a four-time winner at Charlotte in his Sprint Cup career. “We just struggled. The only way I could get it to turn in the center was to be so loose.

“Then it would still get tight after 15 laps, so we would go slower at that point. So we just tried a lot of things and never really got it going.

“Tried to stay out there at the end we were seventh and ended up tenth. We kind of finished where we were running the last 60 laps, but it wasn’t a great night for us at all.”

But it was enough to move him from eight points behind the cutoff at the start of the night to a slim lead over Kenseth, who finished 19th and saw his own previous eight-point cushion disappear (and got in a post-race dust-up with Brad Keselowski).

Kahne figured that next Sunday’s GEICO 500 at ‘Dega will feature a good amount of strategy in the first three-quarters of the race followed by “a lot of guys who just have to race at the end.”

It figures to be a wild time in Alabama, but Kahne’s confident that he can keep himself in the Top 8 and move on to the next round.

“We have good, fast cars for those types of tracks,” he said. “…I think Talladega is a track I have always liked and look forward to.

“Sometimes, you can’t control everything and that is something that will be the same for all of us…It will be interesting how it all works out. It will be a lot of pressure on everyone. It will change throughout the entire race all the way to the checkers.”

Kahne has never won at Talladega in his career, but has a pair of runner-ups from 2006 and 2009. He finished eighth there this past spring in a race won by Denny Hamlin.

Formula E announces Portland, Oregon as US race in 2023

Formula E Portland 2023
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The American date for the 2023 Formula E schedule will move from Brooklyn, New York to Portland, Oregon on June 24, 2023, filling the calendar at 16 rounds. This will be the first time in the nine-year history of the series that they have raced on the West Coast in only the third different city in the United States. Miami hosted one Formula E race in 2015. The series has visited the United States every season except 2020 due to the COVID-1+9 pandemic.

The 2023 race will be Round 12.

“We are excited to bring the premier electric motorsport world championship to Portland for the first time in June next year,” said Alberto Longo, Co-Founder & Chief Championship Officer, Formula E in a press release. “There is a big, passionate fanbase for professional sports in the city, together with strong ecological credentials which makes Portland a perfect host for the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.

“The USA remains an important market for Formula E. We are delighted to maintain that critical presence and engage a new audience in the Pacific Northwest region in all-electric motorsport.”

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Last year’s American round in Brooklyn was made up of two races with Nick Cassidy from Envision Racing winning Race 1 and António da Costa from DS Techeetah taking the second race.

Portland will host only one Formula E race in 2023.

The 2023 season will be highlighted by the new Gen 3 car, which features a battery capable of generating 350 kilowatts with regeneration capability from both the front and rear axles. This contributes to a top speed of 200 miles per hour (m.p.h.), an increase of about 25 m.p.h. from last year.

The 2023 season also marks the entry of two new iconic teams, Maserati and McLaren, who completed their roster of drivers in late November with the addition of Jake Hughes.

Season 9 Calendar

Round 1:  January 3, Mexico City, Mexico
Rounds 2 & 3: January 27-28, Diriyah, Saudi Arabia
Round 4: February 11, Hyderabad, India*
Round 5: February 6, Cape Town, South Africa*
Round 6: March 8, São Paulo, Brazil*
Rounds 7 & 8: April 22-23, Berlin, Germany
Round 9: May 6, Monaco
Rounds 10 & 11: June 3-4, Jakarta, Indonesia
Round 12: June 24, Portland, Oregon*
Rounds 13 & 14: July 15-16, Rome, Italy
Rounds 15 & 16: July 29-30, London

*subject to final FIA Safety and Technical checks,