Kahne Scores Maiden Win

Kasey Kahne finally took his first career NASCAR Nextel Cup victory at the Chevy American Revolution 400 at Richmond last night

Kahne Scores Maiden Win

The Dodge driver had finished second six times in his first 46 starts, but finally broke his duck after pulling away from Tony Stewart at the final restart.

Kahne had started from the pole, but was battling with Stewart until the final restart with seven laps to go. Stewart then had to focus his efforts on holding off Ryan Newman for second and Kahne won by 1.67 seconds.

"My pitstops were unbelievable," Kahne said. "I can't believe I drove so hard all night. Tony leaned into my car when I came into the pits and said well done. He was happy that he was second to me on my first victory."

Stewart concurred: "It was just an honour that I'll be the guy mentioned that was fighting him for his first win. This is a great night for him."

The race was a costly one for Nextel Cup points leader Jimmie Johnson. Johnson was tipped into the inside wall by rookie Travis Kvapil sustaining damage on both his front and rear. When Johnson tried to struggle back to the pits for his repairs, his steering broke, putting him into the retaining wall for the second time.

"Cars in front of me were sliding around and it was a chain reaction deal," Johnson said. "I was making my lap back around trying to get to pit road and went down the backstretch and the steering failed. "When I climbed on the brakes, with all the camber and caster in it, I turned right into the inside wall again.

"If it didn't hurt the car too bad that I backed it into the wall the first time, it killed it the second time."

Johnson's teammate and Championship rival Jeff Gordon also had problems, hitting the wall when Bobby Labonte caused Rusty Wallace to spin on lap 165.

"It was one of the stupidest things I've ever done in my life," Gordon said. "A car spun in front of me, I saw smoke and I slowed down, decided to take it a little high and just ran straight into the wall."

Results of the Chevy American Revolution 400 - Richmond International Raceway

Pos Driver Make Laps 1. Kasey Kahne Dodge 400 2. Tony Stewart Chevrolet 400 3. Ryan Newman Dodge 400 4. Kyle Busch Chevrolet 400 5. Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 400 6. Greg Biffle Ford 400 7. Elliott Sadler Ford 400 8. Bobby Labonte Chevrolet 400 9. Michael Waltrip Chevrolet 400 10. Jamie McMurray Dodge 400 11. Ricky Rudd Ford 400 12. Matt Kenseth Ford 400 13. Jeremy Mayfield Dodge 400 14. Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 400 15. Mark Martin Ford 400 16. Jeff Burton Chevrolet 400 17. Kurt Busch Ford 400 18. Joe Nemechek Chevrolet 399 19. Rusty Wallace Dodge 399 20. Scott Wimmer Dodge 399 21. Carl Edwards Ford 399 22. Travis Kvapil Dodge 399 23. Sterling Marlin Dodge 399 24. Jeff Green Dodge 399 25. Jason Leffler Chevrolet 399 26. Scott Riggs Chevrolet 399 27. Dave Blaney Chevrolet 398 28. Casey Mears Dodge 398 29. Mike Wallace Chevrolet 398 30. Ken Schrader Dodge 398 31. Robby Gordon Chevrolet 398 32. Brian Vickers Chevrolet 397 33. Kyle Petty Dodge 397 34. Dale Jarrett Ford 396 35. Tony Raines Chevrolet 392 36. Bobby Hamilton Jr Chevrolet 387 37. Mike Bliss Chevrolet 375 38. Hermie Sadler Ford 367 39. Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 252 40. Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 80 41. Johnny Sauter Dodge 64 42. Morgan Shepherd Dodge 36 43. Mike Garvey Dodge 23 
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