Kasey Kahne wins in Atlanta!
The Oral-B USA 500 started out as a typical 1.5 mile track:
One driver held a dominant lead while the rest of the field tried to catch up.
Kevin Harvick cemented his lead early on, leading the race by as much as five seconds at one point. Harvick continued to lead for the early part of the race, and passed the 1,000 laps led in a season mark.
At Lap 80 though, Harvick lost his lead to Denny Hamlin who was able to get out in front of the 4 car after the leaders went to pit road during a caution.
Hamlin battled Harvick for a couple of laps, and eventually got out in front. The 11 car though could not hold his lead and Harvick would eventually get back to 1st place.
Another caution would put Kevin Harvick down several spots as new drivers emerged and took the lead. By Lap 134, Matt Kenseth and Kurt Busch were competing for the race lead.
Harvick eventually made his way back to the front, and by Lap183 he was leading the race once again.
The biggest problem for the 4 team continued to be pit stops. A caution would come out and other teams, such as the 20 group of Joe Gibbs Racing, were able to get out of the pits before Harvick.
The 4 car would eventually return to the front, but it took the Closer several laps to make the pass.
Eventually Kasey Kahne would get out in front with the help of a caution around Lap 300, and Kahne was able to hold Harvick back.
With two laps to go, Kahne had almost locked himself into the Chase. A late race caution changed all of that.
The first green-white-checkered flag barely started before the caution came out. After leading a majority of the race Kevin Harvick would get shoved into the wall and end his night.
On the second gwc finish, Kahne had to battle Matt Kenseth for the lead. The 5 car was able to clear the 20 though, and once Kahne was out in front he was able to hold onto first.
With Kahne's victory in Atlanta, all four Hendrick cars are now in the Chase.