F1, Formula 1, NASCAR, IndyCar, MotoGP, ALMS, And More!
z


Mar 18, 2013 - 05:36 PM
Top News!
Rumors Edition!
Upcoming Racing! (Updated)

Top Stories
· F1: The Trick Is In The Tyres (Mar 17, 2013)
· 2013 Bristol: NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Results - Kahne, Chevrolet Win! (Mar 17, 2013)
· 2013 Bristol: NASCAR Sprint Cup Starting Line-up & Race Preview (Mar 17, 2013)
· 2013 Australia GP: Formula One Race Results - Raikkonen, Lotus Win! (Mar 17, 2013)
· 2013 Sebring 12: ALMS Final Race Results - Audi Win! One Two Finish! (Mar 17, 2013)

Previous Top Stories!


Hot Rumors!
· F1: Vettel's 'Hungary Heidi ate the tyres' ? (Mar 18, 2013)
· F1: McLaren Going Back To 2012 Car ? (Mar 17, 2013)
· F1: Zytek To Supply Engines ? (Mar 17, 2013)
· F1: Contract Extension for Vettel ? (Mar 16, 2013)
· F1: Boss not denying Sauber sale rumours ? (Mar 16, 2013)
More Rumors!


Kahne Finally Bags Long-Coveted Bristol Motor Speedway Victory
Posted by: ASkyler on Mar 18, 2013 - 05:34 PM
Feature Articles
Kahne Finally Bags Long-Coveted Bristol Motor Speedway Victory


By Seth Livingstone, Special to NASCAR News Service

BRISTOL, Tenn.--Kasey Kahne checked Bristol Motor Speedway off his bucket list, winning for the first time in 19 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series attempts after a heated duel with Brad Keselowski.

"This is one of those track that, as a driver, you feel like you really need to win at," said Kahne, who snagged the lead on a final restart with 40 laps left and held off both Kyle Busch and Keselowski in Sunday's Food City 500.

"We've been trying for a long time. To pull it off, I feel is a big accomplishment for our guys and myself. There are so many things that are thrown at you when you come to this place. We'd been fast here other times and not able to finish the deal."

Kahne, 14th in points after three races this season, had finished no better than fifth in any of his previous 10 Cup races at Bristol.

The final restart came after his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson blew a tire, bringing out the race's 10th caution.

Prior to the race's final green-flag run, Kahne and Keselowski had staged a furious short-track duel that rekindled memories of the door-to-door racing that had made Bristol famous.

 

Bookmark and Share
"I'm (thinking) how can I get by and he's (thinking) how can I hold this guy off," Kahne said. "I reeled him in, but he was driving into the corners so hard, I really couldn't do anything on the bottom, try a ‘slide-job' or anything like that. I bumped him a few times. He was sideways a few times trying to hold us back.

"I felt like we got a really good restart, got the lead and, from there, it was just momentum and trying to drive away."

Keselowski knew he was in trouble after spinning tires on the final restart and watching Kahne set sail.

"I don't think I had anything for Kasey. I don't know if anyone did," said Keselowski, the defending race champion who finished third. "He was so good through the middle, really everywhere. He was kind of in a league of his own."

Kahne credited his team, led by crew chief Kenny Francis.

"It's fun to come to pit road and break even or gain spots," he said. "The guys have just been nailing it on pit road."

Not everyone made up ground in the pits.

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 and led the first 55 laps before a pit road speeding violation under caution shuffled him back to 32nd. He was undaunted in his recovery, clawing his way back to 16th in the next 40 laps and moving to second behind teammate Denny Hamlin on Lap 155 after the race's fourth caution.

"We battled back. I wish I could have kept up with the 5 (Kahne) but he took off and left us all," Busch said.

Hamlin led 117 of the first 189 laps before surrendering the lead in the pits to teammate Matt Kenseth, who suffered his own misfortune when race leader Jeff Gordon blew a right-front tire on Lap 391. Gordon climbed the track with his tire going down and Kenseth had nowhere to go, slamming into the rear of Gordon.

"Not a lot either one of us could do about that," said Kenseth, resigned to a 35th place finish after winning a week ago in Las Vegas.

Joey Logano, who started 10th, had been making steady progress and was challenging Gordon for the lead on Lap 348 when he tangled with Hamlin, his former JGR teammate. That led to a post-race exchange between Logano, Hamlin and team members.

"It's a little disheartening that we all can't just get along," said Busch, tongue-in-cheek.

Asked if he and Hamlin had a problem, Logano replied: "If we didn't, we do now."

Keselowski's third-place finish vaulted him to the lead in the Sprint cup point standings, nine points ahead of Dale Earnhardt Jr., who finished sixth after qualifying 32nd.

Johnson, who entered as the points leader, dropped to 22nd after running in the top 10 most of the day. Kurt Busch finished fourth (his best finish for Furniture Row Racing) and Clint Bowyer was fifth.

-30-

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race - Food City 500

Bristol Motor Speedway

Bristol, Tennessee

Sunday, March 17, 2013

1. (2) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 500, $171760.

2. (1) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 500, $188893.

3. (7) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 500, $163451.

4. (19) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 500, $134255.

5. (23) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 500, $144543.

6. (32) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 500, $115185.

7. (31) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 500, $135368.

8. (4) Brian Vickers(i), Toyota, 500, $107385.

9. (5) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 500, $129526.

10. (6) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 500, $126030.

11. (24) Greg Biffle, Ford, 500, $112210.

12. (9) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 500, $129560.

13. (29) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 500, $123418.

14. (18) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 500, $139446.

15. (15) Casey Mears, Ford, 500, $121718.

16. (28) Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #, Ford, 500, $142271.

17. (10) Joey Logano, Ford, 500, $123643.

18. (21) Carl Edwards, Ford, 499, $130035.

19. (22) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 499, $122449.

20. (26) David Stremme, Toyota, 498, $110318.

21. (30) David Ragan, Ford, 498, $114293.

22. (13) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 498, $139996.

23. (3) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 498, $116485.

24. (14) David Gilliland, Ford, 496, $103557.

25. (43) Terry Labonte, Ford, 496, $94260.

26. (40) Josh Wise(i), Ford, 496, $93485.

27. (35) JJ Yeley, Chevrolet, 495, $93235.

28. (41) Danica Patrick #, Chevrolet, 495, $90085.

29. (38) Joe Nemechek(i), Toyota, 490, $89985.

30. (17) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 487, $121349.

31. (8) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 464, $135660.

32. (16) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 458, $99260.

33. (42) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 410, $88710.

34. (11) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, Accident, 390, $135596.

35. (12) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, Accident, 390, $123601.

36. (33) Dave Blaney, Chevrolet, Accident, 321, $88560.

37. (20) Aric Almirola, Ford, Accident, 245, $125439.

38. (37) Travis Kvapil, Toyota, Engine, 234, $91700.

39. (25) David Reutimann, Toyota, Engine, 184, $79700.

40. (27) Scott Speed, Ford, Electrical, 184, $75700.

41. (39) Bobby Labonte, Toyota, Engine, 159, $79700.

42. (34) Michael McDowell, Ford, Accident, 26, $67700.

43. (36) Mike Bliss(i), Toyota, Engine, 3, $64200.

Average Speed of Race Winner: 92.206 mph.

Time of Race: 2 Hrs, 53 Mins, 25 Secs. Margin of Victory: 1.700 Seconds.

Caution Flags: 10 for 66 laps.

Lead Changes: 17 among 10 drivers.

Lap Leaders: Kyle Busch 1-55; P. Menard 56; D. Ragan 57-58; K. Kahne 59-63; D. Hamlin 64-145; K. Kahne 146-153; Kurt Busch 154; D. Hamlin 155-189; K. Kahne 190-236; Kyle Busch 237; M. Kenseth 238-322; J. Logano 323; J. Gordon 324-389; K. Kahne 390-396; B. Keselowski 397-445; K. Kahne 446-447; B. Keselowski 448-460; K. Kahne 461-500.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): D. Hamlin 2 times for 117 laps; K. Kahne 6 times for 109 laps; M. Kenseth 1 time for 85 laps; J. Gordon 1 time for 66 laps; B. Keselowski 2 times for 62 laps; Kyle Busch 2 times for 56 laps; D. Ragan 1 time for 2 laps; P. Menard 1 time for 1 lap; J. Logano 1 time for 1 lap; Kurt Busch 1 time for 1 lap.

Top 12 in Points: Brad Keselowski - 166; D. Earnhardt Jr. - 157; J. Johnson - 151; C. Bowyer - 128; G. Biffle - 126; D. Hamlin - 125; K. Kahne - 124; C. Edwards - 124; P. Menard - 118; Kyle Busch - 115; R. Stenhouse Jr. # - 115; J. Logano - 104.

PaddockTalk Perspective



Also in Feature Articles:



 
Related links
· Top PaddockTalk News!
· More about Feature Articles







Home :: _ 


All logos and trademarks in this site are property of their respective owner.
The comments are property of their posters, all the rest (c) 2003-2014 by PaddockTalk.com.
Contact E-mail: admin@paddocktalk.com
Privacy