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2013 Charlotte II (Chase 5): Chevrolet NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Recap
Posted by: ASkyler on Oct 13, 2013 - 02:25 AM
2013 Charlotte II (Chase 5): Chevrolet NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Recap

With a really solid No. 5 Quaker State Chevrolet SS race car, Kasey Kahne led the most laps, 138 of the 334-lap Bank of America 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway to finish second overall. It was Kahne’s 12th top-10 finish in 20 races at the 1.5-mile track and his 12th top-10 finish of the 2013 season. He currently ranks 13th in the Chase standings.

In spite of leading the most laps, having a strong race car, and contending for the win, Kahne came home just behind race winner Brad Keselowski (Ford).

"We had a great race," said Kahne. "I was on two (tires) and he (Keselowski) was on four (tires) and he could just move around a little bit better. I was trying to move around, but I was just a little bit on the tight side with the front end, then I would get loose if I got the front working. I was doing all I could and felt pretty good, but he made some nice moves and just really had some speed there late in the race and was able to get by me."


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Kahne’s Hendrick Motorsports teammate, Jimmie Johnson, also had a fast race car in his No. 48 Lowe’s Dover White Chevy SS. Johnson led 130 laps and finished in fourth place; giving Team Chevy two of the top-five finishing spots. He holds strong in second place in the points, with five races remaining in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

Championship contenders Kevin Harvick, No. 29 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS finished sixth, Jeff Gordon, No. 24 Axalta Chevy SS was seventh, and Ryan Newman, No. 39 Quicken Loans Chevrolet SS finished eighth. All three drivers maintained their positions in the current standings. Harvick is third, Gordon is fourth, and Newman is in 12th place overall.

It was a tough race for Kurt Busch, who struggled with handling issues with his No. 78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Chevy SS, but was able to finish in the 14th position. And although he had a solid start to the night, Dale Earnhardt Jr. also fought handling problems with his No. 88 Time Warner Cable Chevrolet SS and finished 15th. Busch remains seventh in the points; Earnhardt Jr. fell one position and now ranks ninth in the standings.

Rounding out the top-five finishers were Matt Kenseth (Toyota) in third and Kyle Busch (Toyota) in fifth.

The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup continues with race number six of 10 next Sunday, October 20th at Talladega Superspeedway.

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