Kahne Triumphs in Bristol

Kasey Kahne

(WOMR file photo)

After watching from my seat in the Earnhardt Tower at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway last Sunday, Kasey Kahne thoroughly dominating the field, and not bringing home the trophy, Kahne was finally able to close the deal at Bristol Motor Speedday, winning the Food City 500 Sunday!

Kahne, who had finished no better than fifth in any of his previous 10 Cup races at Bristol, assumed the lead after his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson blew a tire, bringing out the race’s 10th caution.

Kyle Busch, who had won the pole in track record time on Friday, posted the fastest laps in both of Saturday’s practice sessions, then won Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series event, led the first 55 laps before pit road speeding violation under caution shuffled him back to 32nd. He was undaunted in his recovery, battling his way back to 16th in the next 40 laps. He was second to Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin on lap 155 after the race’s fourth caution.

Hamlin led 117 of the first 189 laps before surrendering the lead in the pits to teammate Matt Kenseth.

Joey Logano, who started 10th, had been making steady progress and was challenging leader Jeff Gordon on lap 348 when Hamlin, his former JGR teammate, sent him spinning into the outer wall. That led to a post-race exchange between Logano and Hamlin.

Asked if he and Hamlin had a problem, Logano replied: “If we didn’t, we do now.”

A crash on lap 391 of 500 took out race leaders Jeff Gordon and Matt Kenseth.  Gordon climbed the track with a right-front tire going down and Kenseth had nowhere to go, slamming into the rear of Gordon, totally demolishing the front end of his JGR Toyota.

“Not a lot either one of us could do about that,” Kenseth said.

Check out the unofficial results of the Food City 500.

Here is the Sprint Cup standings after the Food City 500.

Next week it is back out West to the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA!



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