After finishing in second last week in Las Vegas, Kasey Kahne took home the checkered flag as, once again, the half-mile oval at Bristol created plenty of mangled cars and excitement for the Food City 500.
Check out the results and the subsequent recap below.
2013 Food City 500 Race Results
|1.|| Kasey Kahne
|3.|| Brad Keselowski
|4.|| Kurt Busch
|5.|| Clint Bowyer
|6.|| Dale Earnhardt Jr.
|7.|| Ryan Newman
|8.|| Brian Vickers
|9.|| Paul Menard
Check out the full results on ESPN.com.
There were 10 cautions for 65 laps in this action-packed race, and it didn't take long for Bristol to claim its first victim.
On just the ninth lap, it appeared that Tony Stewart made contact with another driver and soon after he was losing his tire. With no place to get down to the inside of the track, Stewart could not keep his car from spinning into the wall.
Stewart was able to return, but any hope he had of anything other than finishing the race was shot. He certainly wasn't the only driver to find a little trouble, or blow a tire.
The wreckage captured in this NASCAR tweet of Aric Almirola was common on Sunday:
All of this set up for a tightly contested battle.
Denny Hamlin, who won the last Sprint race here last August, and Kasey Kahne were the two strongest cars in the early goings, but it's not like they were running away with things. By the halfway point, this race had already seen seven different leaders.
The constant jumbling of the field was no surprise. These guys were tightly bunched on the short track, and drivers were struggling to find consistent lines on this tricky track.
USA Today's Nate Ryan tweeted along a quote from Dale Earnhardt Jr. that highlights why this was so difficult:
Dale Earnhardt Jr.: "I can’t figure out where the groove is. I go through there and slide across a bunch of @#%!ing marbles." #nascar— Nate Ryan (@nateryan) March 17, 2013
Jeff Gordon took the lead not long after the halfway point and had a good run in front. However, he started losing handling, and Matt Kenseth began to reel him in.
Then, on Lap 390, Gordon lost his right front tire, and he wiped out Kenseth as he slid up the track, and just like that, the top two drivers were all but done.
Reigning Cup champion Brad Keselowski, who is this race's defending champion, took the top spot on the ensuing restart.
Kahne quickly ran Keselowski down, and it was clear Kahne had a strong car, and that he was eager to improve on last week's runner-up finish.
At the time of Kahne catching Keselowski, the two had put some distance on the field. However, as Kahne was trying to find an angle to get past BK, a pack—led by Denny Hamlin—were able to chase them down.
With less than 50 laps to go, the race for the lead was stalled when Jimmie Johnson found the wall.
On the ensuing restart, Keselowski spun his tires, which allowed Kahne to pull into the lead with Kyle Busch right behind him. However, Busch was not able to stay on Kahne's bumper for long. Kahne's car was simply too strong.
With the race finishing without another caution, Kahne was able to cruise to victory.