Bristol NASCAR: Kasey Kahne claims victory

Kasey Kahne made up for the disappointment of being denied Las Vegas victory last week with a great drive to win at Bristol Motor Speedway

Bristol NASCAR: Kasey Kahne claims victory

In an entertaining race, the Hendrick Chevrolet driver saw off the challenge from reigning champion Brad Keselowski, polesitter Kyle Busch and the charging Kurt Busch to claim a comfortable win.

Kahne ultimately took advantage of fresher tyres to work his way by Keselowski, who moved to the front by not pitting during the penultimate caution period.

In the closing laps the Penske driver had to fend off Kyle Busch, who once again recovered from a pitlane speeding penalty to finish in the top five and Kurt Busch, who drove his best race to date for Furniture Row to recover from two laps down to take fourth.

Pre-race points leader Jimmie Johnson was a solid top-10 runner throughout, but in the closing stages a blown right-front tyre sent him into the wall.

It was one of a number of blow-outs, which accounted for most of the 11 caution periods - more than double the amount of last year's race.

Jeff Gordon had worked his way to the front with a two-tyre change when the rest of the leaders took four. Despite the old rubber, he held on to the lead, but the gamble failed when the right-front tyre blew and sent him up the track and into the wall.

Matt Kenseth was catching Gordon for the lead at the time and was caught up in the incident, wrecking his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota as he slammed into the side of the crashing Hendrick Chevrolet.

It was also a disastrous race for three-time champion Tony Stewart, who was sent spinning into the wall at high speed following an early blow-out. He managed to get his damaged Chevrolet back to the pits for lengthy repairs and limped around at the tail end of the field to the finish.

Results - 500 laps: Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Kasey Kahne Hendrick Chevrolet 2h53m25.000s 2. Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Toyota + 1.700s 3. Brad Keselowski Penske Ford + 2.314s 4. Kurt Busch Furniture Row Chevrolet + 2.439s 5. Clint Bowyer Waltrip Toyota + 3.304s 6. Dale Earnhardt Jr Hendrick Chevrolet + 6.342s 7. Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Chevrolet + 6.902s 8. Brian Vickers Waltrip Toyota + 7.015s 9. Paul Menard Childress Chevrolet + 7.619s 10. Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Chevrolet + 7.986s 11. Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Ford + 8.114s 12. Martin Truex Jr Waltrip Toyota + 8.399s 13. AJ Allmendinger Phoenix Chevrolet + 8.778s 14. Kevin Harvick Childress Chevrolet + 9.104s 15. Casey Mears Germain Ford + 9.312s 16. Ricky Stenhouse Jr Roush Fenway Ford + 9.483s 17. Joey Logano Penske Ford + 16.609s 18. Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Ford + 1 lap 19. Marcos Ambrose Petty Ford + 1 lap 20. David Stremme Swan Toyota + 2 laps 21. David Ragan Front Row Ford + 2 laps 22. Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Chevrolet + 2 laps 23. Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Toyota + 2 laps 24. David Gilliland Front Row Ford + 4 laps 25. Terry Labonte FAS Lane Ford + 4 laps 26. Josh Wise Front Row Ford + 4 laps 27. JJ Yeley Baldwin Chevrolet + 5 laps 28. Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Chevrolet + 5 laps 29. Joe Nemechek NEMCO Toyota + 9 laps 30. Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Chevrolet + 13 laps 31. Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Chevrolet + 36 laps 32. Jeff Burton Childress Chevrolet + 42 laps 33. Landon Cassill Circle Sport Chevrolet + 90 laps Retirements: Jeff Gordon Hendrick Chevrolet 390 laps Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Toyota 390 laps Dave Blaney Baldwin Chevrolet 321 laps Aric Almirola Petty Ford 245 laps Travis Kvapil BK Toyota 234 laps David Reutimann BK Toyota 184 laps Scott Speed Leavine Ford 184 laps Bobby Labonte JTG Daugherty Toyota 159 laps Michael McDowell Parsons Ford 26 laps Mike Bliss Humphrey Smith Toyota 3 laps 
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