After several strong runs this season including a second place last week, Kasey Kahne was finally able to seal the deal and win his first race of the season Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway. Kahne took the lead for the final time with 59 to go and held off polesitter Kyle Busch to score his first win in 20 races the last coming at New Hampshire last summer.
“This is a tough track to win at, and we pulled it off today” Kahne said.” This whole team stepped-up, and did an unbelievable job. The pit stops were flawless; the adjustments to the car; the preparation Friday-Saturday, and prior to that. The engine in the car is unbelievable. I had a great day. This is a lot of fun. I have always wanted to win a Cup race here. To finally do it feels really good.”
It was the end of a dominant day for Kahne who led the second most laps in an event filled with crashes that took out many of the top contenders including Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon and Matt Kenseth. Busch finished second after starting from the pole and overcoming a pit road speeding penalty and fighting back from 32nd place restart. MORE>>>
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