Kahne Captures Bristol Win

Kahne celebrates after his win Photo- Getty Images
Kahne celebrates after his win Photo- Getty Images

Just one week after Kasey Kahne was unable to pass Matt Kenseth for the win at Las Vegas, Kahne pulled into victory lane at Bristol after having a dominant day. Kahne didn’t have any challengers late in the race and that allowed him to cruise through the final fifty laps and take the win. Hendrick Motorsports has got the Gen 6 car figured out and that has given them a huge leg-up so far this season. Kahne was waiting for his opportunity to pounce after being so good so far this season and Bristol was his opportunity and he nailed it.

Kahne winning had to share the spotlight with a few other events that occurred throughout the day. We saw both of the leaders wreck with just about 100 laps to go as well as former teammates sharing a few words following the race. To say the least, classic Bristol has definitely returned and it is here to stay.

The action picked up right as the green flag fell and before we even got ten laps in, we had carnage. Tony Stewart cut a tire down in the opening laps and the tire couldn’t take it anymore and on lap nine, Stewart went around in turn one when his tire blew. Stewart backed into the outside wall and his chances of winning went out the window very early in the race.

The second caution of the day featured some more carnage when a wreck involving Jeff Burton, Marcos Ambrose and Carl Edwards occurred on lap 54. Ahead of the cars involved in the wreck, Casey Mears and David Gilliland made contact which staked the cars up behind them and Edwards didn’t slow up which caused him to run into the back of Burton and Burton went straight into the wall. Ambrose tried to get through the wreck but, he was squeezed in by the wrecking cars. All three cars had significant damage but, they all managed to remain in the race.

Under the same caution, Kasey Kahne won the race off of pit road to take his first lead of the race. Pole-sitter Kyle Busch had been leading up until that point but, a speeding penalty under that caution put him back in the pack. Not too long after the restart, Kahne was passed by Denny Hamlin for the lead. Hamlin stayed out front for a good part of the next portion of the race and he was the leader under the next caution. The third caution of the day came out on lap 70 for Jamie McMurray who spun out in turn four.

After a decent-sized green-flag run, Hamlin was chased down by Kahne and Kahne regained the lead on lap 147. The yellow-flag flew again on lap 152 for David Gilliland who got into the turn 2 wall. Hamlin got back to the lead under the caution but, not too long into the next green-flag run did Kahne chase Hamlin down for the lead again.

The halfway point of the race came up quickly and Matt Kenseth led followed by Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne and Greg Biffle. Controversy struck on lap 350 when Denny Hamlin got into the back of Joey Logano and Logano spun around in turn 2. Logano made slight contact with the wall and he was able to continue on in the race but, that wasn’t the end to this situation.

Disaster struck for the leaders on lap 390 when the two drivers battling for the lead wrecked in turn’s 3 and 4. Jeff Gordon had a tire go down and he went up the track and got into the wall. Gordon went right across the path of second-place Matt Kenseth and Kenseth piled right into the back of Gordon’s car. The impact slightly lifted up Gordon’s car off of the track and both drivers had heavy damage. Just like last Augusts’ race at Bristol, the leaders were involved in a wreck while they were battling for the lead. Signs of the “Old Bristol” may be returning.

Under that caution, Brad Keselowski stayed out and he was the new leader. Keselowski battled with Kahne for the lead for many laps before Kahne was able to get around the champion on lap 448. The final yellow flag of the day came out with 45 laps to go when Jimmie Johnson slapped the turn 3 wall. Keselowski had trouble getting going on the restart and Kahne was able to jump ahead of the field. Kahne paced the field for the final fifty laps in route to his first win of the season.

Post-race got heated when Joey Logano wanted to settle some un-finished business with Denny Hamlin. Hamlin had gotten into Logano and turned him around earlier in the race and Logano wanted to let Hamlin know how he felt. Logano bulled his way over to Hamlin and said some words and the former teammates are apparently, no longer fond of each other. Hamlin told FOX that Logano said “I’m coming for you.” Apparently this battle isn’t over just yet.

While the former teammates said some words to each other, Kasey Kahne was celebrating his first Bristol win. Kahne was super stoked about getting to victory lane at Bristol, especially with long-time sponsor Great Clips. After coming so close to victory last week, Kahne was happy to celebrate his win this weekend at Bristol. Kahne remained up-front all day and he made no mistakes which put him in victory lane. Kahne is off to a great start already this season.

Classic Bristol is for-sure back and today’s race confirmed that. The racing, hot-tempers and piles of torn-up sheet-metal proved that this “New Bristol” is definitely similar to the “Old Bristol” which fans adored. The top-lane is now the preferred line but, that didn’t affect our opinions regarding the “Old Bristol” returning. The Night Race at Bristol is just about five months away and everyone is already stoked for the race to get here. The Bristol we love has returned and a phenomenal Bristol show was put on today.

By Jason Schultz

Results via ESPN.com

POS DRIVER CAR MANUFACTURER

LAPS

MONEY

START

LED

PTS

BONUS

PENALTY

1 Kasey Kahne 5 Chevrolet

500

2

109

47

4

0

2 Kyle Busch 18 Toyota

500

1

56

43

1

0

3 Brad Keselowski 2 Ford

500

7

62

42

1

0

4 Kurt Busch 78 Chevrolet

500

19

1

41

1

0

5 Clint Bowyer 15 Toyota

500

23

0

39

0

0

6 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 88 Chevrolet

500

32

0

38

0

0

7 Ryan Newman 39 Chevrolet

500

31

0

37

0

0

8 Brian Vickers 55 Toyota

500

4

0

0

0

0

9 Paul Menard 27 Chevrolet

500

5

1

36

1

0

10 Jamie McMurray 1 Chevrolet

500

6

0

34

0

0

11 Greg Biffle 16 Ford

500

24

0

33

0

0

12 Martin Truex Jr. 56 Toyota

500

9

0

32

0

0

13 AJ Allmendinger 51 Chevrolet

500

29

0

31

0

0

14 Kevin Harvick 29 Chevrolet

500

18

0

30

0

0

15 Casey Mears 13 Ford

500

15

0

29

0

0

16 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 17 Ford

500

28

0

28

0

0

17 Joey Logano 22 Ford

500

10

1

28

1

0

18 Carl Edwards 99 Ford

499

21

0

26

0

0

19 Marcos Ambrose 9 Ford

499

22

0

25

0

0

20 David Stremme 30 Toyota

498

26

0

24

0

0

21 David Ragan 34 Ford

498

30

2

24

1

0

22 Jimmie Johnson 48 Chevrolet

498

13

0

22

0

0

23 Denny Hamlin 11 Toyota

498

3

117

23

2

0

24 David Gilliland 38 Ford

496

14

0

20

0

0

25 Terry Labonte 32 Ford

496

43

0

19

0

0

26 Josh Wise 35 Ford

496

40

0

0

0

0

27 J.J. Yeley 36 Chevrolet

495

35

0

17

0

0

28 Danica Patrick 10 Chevrolet

495

41

0

16

0

0

29 Joe Nemechek 87 Toyota

490

38

0

0

0

0

30 Juan Pablo Montoya 42 Chevrolet

487

17

0

14

0

0

31 Tony Stewart 14 Chevrolet

464

8

0

13

0

0

32 Jeff Burton 31 Chevrolet

458

16

0

12

0

0

33 Landon Cassill 33 Chevrolet

410

42

0

11

0

0

34 Jeff Gordon 24 Chevrolet

390

11

66

11

1

0

35 Matt Kenseth 20 Toyota

390

12

85

10

1

0

36 Dave Blaney 7 Chevrolet

321

33

0

8

0

0

37 Aric Almirola 43 Ford

245

20

0

7

0

0

38 Travis Kvapil 93 Toyota

234

37

0

6

0

0

39 David Reutimann 83 Toyota

184

25

0

5

0

0

40 Scott Speed 95 Ford

184

27

0

4

0

0

41 Bobby Labonte 47 Toyota

159

39

0

3

0

0

42 Michael McDowell 98 Ford

26

34

0

2

0

0

43 Mike Bliss 19 Toyota

3

36

0

0

0

0

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