NASCAR: Top drivers of 2014 – No. 15 Kasey Kahne

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Kasey Kahne

Season finish: 15th

2014 Season Stats: 1 wins, 3 top-5, 11 top-10, 0 Poles.

What went right: Admittedly, it was a struggle at times for Kahne in 2014, but there were some bright spots nonetheless. The biggest was his win at Atlanta, which clinched his berth in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. He also finished third at Kansas in the spring and fifth at Michigan, also in the spring.

What went wrong: As great as it was that Kahne made the Chase, he didn’t last long, being eliminated after the first cutoff round. He also had five DNFs, and an average finish of just 17.6. One of the biggest problems was getting to the front: he led just 218 laps, second-lowest of any season in his 11-year career.

2015 Prospectus: There’s plenty of change on the 2015 horizon for Kahne. First and foremost, just three days after the 2014 season ended, it was announced that Kahne will have a new crew chief for next season, Keith Rodden. Kahne’s now former longtime crew chief, Kenny Francis, has been moved to a different role within Hendrick Motorsports. Also, HMS re-signed Kahne to a new three-year contract that will run through the 2017 season. In conjunction, Farmer’s Insurance, Kahne’s primary sponsor, also has signed a three-year extension to remain in that role, as well.

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MotoGP champion Marc Marquez has second surgery on fractured arm

MotoGP Marc Marquez second surgery
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Defending MotoGP series champion Marc Marquez underwent a second surgery Monday after a titanium plate inserted in his fractured right arm sustained damage. The Repsol Honda Team said in a statement that it’ll be two days before the recovery period is determined.

Marquez was injured during a crash in the July 19 season opener. He underwent an initial surgery July 21 in Barcelona, and doctors said there was no nerve damage.

The eight-time champion was cleared to race in the season’s second event Jerez. But Marquez decided to skip the July 26 race after experiencing discomfort while riding the No. 93 bike in a July 25 practice.

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He had planned to race in Sunday’s grand prix at the Automotodrom Brno in the Czech Republic in hopes of returning to defend his title. His status for Sunday apparently will be unclear until at least Wednesday.

In a statement Monday, the team said the titanium plate in Marquez’s right arm successfully was replaced after stress accumulation. Marquez will stay in the hospital for two days recovering.

Dr Xavier Mir, who performed the surgery at the Hospital Universitari Dexeus, said in the release that “Marc Marquez underwent surgery 13 days ago and today he returned to the operating room. The first operation was successful, what was not expected was that the plate was insufficient. An accumulation of stress in the operated area has caused the plate to suffer some damage, so today the titanium plate has been removed and replaced by a new fixation.

“The rider has not felt pain during this period. He has always followed the medical advice given and the feeling from his body. Unfortunately, an overstress has caused this issue. Now we have to wait 48 hours to understand the recovery time.”