Long Pond, PA (Sports Network) - Kasey Kahne fortified his hopes of making the
Chase for the Sprint Cup championship after winning Sunday's 400-mile race at
Kahne claimed his second win of the season after he passed his Hendrick
Motorsports teammate, Jeff Gordon, on a restart with just two laps to go. He
crossed the finish line 1.4 seconds ahead of Gordon, who celebrated his 42nd
birthday and was the defending race winner.
Gordon has yet to win a race this season. He grabbed the lead from Kahne after
a restart with eight laps remaining.
Kahne earned his 16th career Sprint Cup victory. His first win this season
came in March at Bristol.
Kurt Busch, who turned 35 years old on Sunday as well, finished third, while
Ryan Newman, last weekend's race winner at Indianapolis, and Dale Earnhardt
Jr. rounded out the top-five. Brad Keselowski, the defending Sprint Cup
champion, placed sixth.
Jimmie Johnson started on the pole and dominated the first half of this race
by leading 43 laps, but Johnson cut his right-front tire and slapped the wall
on lap 76. The five-time series champion and current points leader made
numerous pit stops for repairs and then rebounded nicely for a 13th-place
finish. He had won at Pocono in June.
Kahne took command of the race after Johnson's incident, leading the most laps
Five races remain before the Chase begins.
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