Kasey Kahne: No. 9 Wins For Ninth Time in Career
A familiar car started in the pole position. That was the same place where he would finish the day at the Long Pond, Pennsylvania track. Kasey Kahne started on the pole and would end the day with the ninth win of his career.
In 2005, Kahne won the race at Darlington. In 2006, he would win six races. In 2007, his highest finish was a second place finish at the Sharpie 500 in Bristol. In the 2008 season, he won the Sprint All Star Race and then a week later, the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte. Two weeks later, he would add the Pocono 500 to his list of victories.
Though Kahne did start on the pole and finished the race in the same spot, there were some lead changes during the race.
Jimmie Johnson led the first 17 laps. Kahne would pass Johnson to lead until the caution came out on lap 28.
Scott Riggs would not pit and he gained the lead at lap 29. Riggs led until lap 35, when Kahne passed Riggs to get the lead back. Kahne led until the second caution came out in lap 40.
Martin Truex Jr. would get the lead at lap 42. One lap later, Johnson would pass Truex to take the lead back. Johnson led until the fourth caution flag waved at lap 57. Brian Vickers stayed out and took the lead.
At lap 64, Johnson took the lead again, for the third time in the race, and he would hold it until the fifth caution came out at lap 68.
At lap 71 of the race, the red flag came out for a quick shower that passed through the track. The red flag was out from 3:50PM to 3:58PM.
At 3:58PM, the red flag was lifted and Johnson led the race until the next yellow flag.
Johnson would lead for the next 10 laps until the sixth caution came out at lap 81. Elliott Sadler would stay out at lap 86 and became the new leader.
At lap 90, after starting the restart in fifth, Denny Hamlin took the lead from Elliott Sadler. Hamlin led until the seventh caution came out at lap 105.
Sadler would stay out again and take the lead at lap 107. Sadler led until the restart. At lap 109, Tony Stewart passed Sadler for the lead. Stewart led until the eighth caution flag came out at lap 122.
At lap 124, Johnson would stay out and take the lead again. Johnson would lead until lap 129, when Kahne passed him again to lead. Kahne led until he went in to make his green flag pit stop at lap 153.
Greg Biffle led laps 153-156. Carl Edwards led lap 157. Dave Blaney led lap 158. Vickers would take the lead until he went in for his green flag pit stop at lap 166.
Kahne would take over the lead at lap 166 and would keep it until lap 176. Edwards took the lead at lap 176 and he was going to go into pit lane, but drove back into the track before the line and Matt Kenseth would pass him for the lead at lap 177.
Brian Vickers picked up the lead at lap 180 and kept it until the final lead change at lap 185.
Kahne made the pass at lap 185 and kept the lead to win his second race of the season. With that victory, Kahne moved up to ninth place in the standings, up three spots from where he began the day.
Despite being passed by Kahne, Vickers finished the day in second. Hamlin, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Jeff Burton completed the top five on the day.
Kyle Busch, who was involved in a crash on lap 46, will keep the lead in the points standing, now only leading Burton by 21 points. Earnhardt Jr. and Edwards will stay in third and fourth, respectfully. After the third place finish on the day, Hamlin moved up four spots to fifth place in the standings.
Next week, the Sprint Cup goes out to the Michigan International Speedway for the Lifelock 400. The race will begin at 2PM (ET) on Sunday, June 15, with the prerace show beginning at 12:30PM (ET) on TNT and 1:15PM (ET) on MRN and Sirius.
Next week's race will be the first of two in the season sponsored by Lifelock. The second race will be on July 12 at Chicagoland Speedway.
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