High time to learn the rules

RICHMOND, VA - SEPTEMBER 05: Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet, looks on from the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 5, 2014 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
RICHMOND, VA - SEPTEMBER 05:  Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet, looks on from the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 5, 2014 in Richmond, Virginia.  (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
RICHMOND, VA – SEPTEMBER 05: Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet, looks on from the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 5, 2014 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

RICHMOND, Va.—It’s understandable that driver Kasey Kahne and crew chief Kenny Francis haven’t been poring over the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup format.

Up until last Sunday’s 11th-hour victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Kahne and the No. 5 team weren’t part of NASCAR’s 10-race playoff.

So it’s no surprise that Kahne and Francis both needed a refresher course on the new elimination structure of the Chase when they got home from Atlanta.

“We did that Tuesday,” Kahne said. “It was the first time I’d looked at it since January when it all came out. Just kind of getting it clear in my head, and Kenny did the same.

“There’s definitely a lot to it, understanding it and trying to play it right. Yeah, we’ve looked at that and (are) thinking ahead a little bit, which you have to do to be prepared.”

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