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After more than a one year of anticipation for Kasey Kahne to move over to the Hendrick Motorsports #5 Chevy, the wait is over. There were big things expected from Kahne as he moved into his new race team, and Sunday he began to fulfill some of those expectations with a win in the Coca Cola 600 for HMS.
This victory was his first since last November at Phoenix International Raceway in a Toyota for Red Bull Racing.
The victory also gave his owner, Rick Hendrick, his 201st Cup victory. The win came in Kahne’s 300th start in the series.
“I never doubted myself,” said Kahne, who has recorded top-10 finishes in his last six points races after an average result of 28.5 in his first six races for Hendrick. “I was upset at some of the things that may have happened. I made a huge mistake at Phoenix and hit the wall there (in the second race of the season), but other than that, we were solid — we were fast.
“It was just a matter of getting past those (six) weeks and moving on and putting some solid races together.”
It would appear that Kahne and his crew chief of many years, Kenny Francis, have found their stride with this HMS #5 team, and may be on their way to mounting a charge towards the top 10. They are presently in 15th place, 42 points out of the coveted top 10. More importantly, with a couple of more wins this team could solidify a spot as a wild card team in the Chase.
Here is the unofficial results from the Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte.
Check out the point standings after the Coca Cola 600.
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