March 18, 2013

Tempers, cars clash; Kahne wins Bristol

Kasey Kahne's win is just part of the action, which includes the Joey Logano-Danny Hamlin feud.

By JENNA FRYER The Associated Press

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Kasey Kahne, Kyle Busch
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Kasey Kahne’s No. 5 Chevrolet leads Kyle Busch at the Food City 500 at the Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn., on Sunday. Kahne won, Busch finished second.

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Kasey Kahne
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Kasey Kahne smokes ‘em after his win over Kyle Busch at the Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday – the second victory for the Hendrick team this year.

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WHEN: 3 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Fontana, Calif.


OF NOTE: Brad Keselowski, who finished third, is the only driver to open the season with four top-five finishes

"I haven't seen the replay, I just know my rear tires were off the ground before I got to the restart zone," he said. "Eventually I got hit so hard it pushed my foot in the gas pedal, made myself look like a (fool). That was the deal. Never had another chance."

Nobody came close to Kahne, who drove his Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet to the win by 1.7 seconds. Hendrick drivers have now won two of the first four races this season.

Kyle Busch snagged second from Keselowski, who took over the Sprint Cup Series points lead as the only driver to open the season with four top-five finishes. Kurt Busch finished fourth and was followed by Bowyer and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Ryan Newman was seventh, Brian Vickers was eighth and Paul Menard and Jamie McMurray rounded out the top 10.

The race changed dramatically with 110 laps to go in a bizarre crash between leaders Gordon and Matt Kenseth. Gordon was out front when he suddenly lost a tire and his car darted up the track into the wall.

Kenseth had nowhere to go to avoid him and drove directly into the back of Gordon, causing heavy damage to both cars. "You all right?" crew chief Alan Gustafson radioed Gordon.

"Yeah, I'm OK. Did we take out Matt, too?" Gordon asked.

With the top two cars in the garage, the rest of the field headed to pit road to reset for the final 100 laps.


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Kasey Kahne is congratulated by Dale Earnhardt Jr. after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race Sunday in Bristol, Tenn.

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