Kasey Kahne scores first Hendrick win at Charlotte

Kasey Kahne

Kasey Kahne

Kasey Kahne has celebrated his 300th career start in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series by taking victory in the Coca-Cola 600.

The #5 Chevrolet led home Denny Hamlin by 4.3s at the end of NASCAR’s longest race to give Kahne his first win since joining Hendrick Motorsports at the beginning of the 2012 season.

Hamlin had joined Dale Earnhardt Jr in staying on the race track when what would prove to be the final yellow flew with 81 laps remaining.

Kahne and the remaining lead lap runners took two tyres, allowing the former Red Bull Racing driver to assume the lead from Hamlin just eight laps after the restart.

The final top 10 was rounded out by Kyle Busch, Greg Biffle, Brad Keselowski, Earnhardt Jr, Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth.

Biffle led a race-high 204 laps but did not have the pace when it mattered in the final stint.

Jimmie Johnson was one spot out of the top 10 having earnt a drive-through penalty for leaving his final pitstop with a fuel can still attached to his Hendrick Chevrolet. Johnson had been running third prior to the incident.

It was a disappointing evening for Australian Marcos Ambrose, who led during the opening stages of the race before losing several laps with a left-front hub failure just past the halfway mark. Ambrose eventually finished 33 laps down in 32nd position.

“It’s just a real shame for our team, it’s the story of our year, every time we put ourselves in a great position (to win), we have crazy things go wrong,” said Ambrose afterward.

“I’ve been in NASCAR for seven years now and never melted a hub down. It’s a shame it was tonight when we were running so strong.”

The race featured a total of just five cautions, with a mistake from Travis Kvapil on Lap 170 adding to four full-course yellows for debris.

The results see Biffle extend his championship lead over team-mate Kenseth to 10 points after 12 of 36 races.

See below for the full race result

FIN

ST

DRIVER

MAKE

SPONSOR

PTS/BNS

LAPS

STATUS

1 7 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Quaker State 47/1 400 Running
2 8 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Ground 43/1 400 Running
3 17 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s Red, White & Blue 42/1 400 Running
4 4 Greg Biffle Ford Fastenal 42/2 400 Running
5 24 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 40/1 400 Running
6 12 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard ‘An American Salute’ 38/0 400 Running
7 23 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger 38/1 400 Running
8 14 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser Folds of Honor 37/1 400 Running
9 28 Carl Edwards Ford Fastenal 35/0 400 Running
10 20 Matt Kenseth Ford Fastenal 34/0 400 Running
11 3 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s Patriotic 33/0 400 Running
12 15 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 32/0 400 Running
13 5 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-hour Energy 31/0 398 Running
14 16 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army 30/0 398 Running
15 9 Paul Menard Chevrolet Menards / Serta 29/0 398 Running
16 1 Aric Almirola Ford U.S. Air Force 29/1 398 Running
17 10 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing 27/0 398 Running
18 18 Landon Cassill Toyota Burger King Real Fruit Smoothies 27/1 398 Running
19 22 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Wheaties 25/0 398 Running
20 29 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 24/0 398 Running
21 31 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Arctic Cat 23/0 397 Running
22 25 Casey Mears Ford GEICO 22/0 397 Running
23 19 Joey Logano Toyota Dollar General 21/0 397 Running
24 13 Trevor Bayne Ford Motorcraft 0 397 Running
25 21 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Mobil 1 19/0 397 Running
26 39 David Gilliland Ford ModSpace 18/0 397 Running
27 42 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Phoenix Construction Services 17/0 396 Running
28 26 Bobby Labonte Toyota Kingsford 16/0 396 Running
29 37 Travis Kvapil Toyota Dr Pepper 15/0 395 Running
30 40 Danica Patrick Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 0 395 Running
31 41 T.J. Bell Ford Green Smoke 0 390 Running
32 2 Marcos Ambrose Ford DEWALT 13/1 367 Running
33 11 AJ Allmendinger Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 11/0 361 Running
34 6 Mark Martin Toyota Aaron’s Armed Forces Foundation 10/0 338 Out of Race
35 30 David Ragan Ford Al’s Liners / Scorpion Coatings 10/1 281 Out of Race
36 32 Michael McDowell Ford Presbyterian Healthcare System 8/0 228 Out of Race
37 38 Scott Speed Ford Jordan’s Truck Sales 7/0 136 In Pit
38 35 David Stremme Toyota Inception Motorsports 6/0 86 In Pit
39 34 Stephen Leicht * Chevrolet Little Joe’s Autos / Precon 5/0 74 In Pit
40 36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet SealWrap 4/0 54 Out of Race
41 43 Joe Nemechek Toyota Global Barter Corp 0 47 In Pit
42 27 Cole Whitt Chevrolet Turn One Racing 0 33 In Pit
43 33 Josh Wise * Ford MDS Transport 1/0 15 In Pit

See below for the updated points standings

RANK

DRIVER

POINTS

1 Greg Biffle 453
2 Matt Kenseth 443
3 Denny Hamlin 437
4 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 435
5 Jimmie Johnson 405
6 Martin Truex Jr. 404
7 Kevin Harvick 398
8 Kyle Busch 391
9 Tony Stewart 388
10 Carl Edwards 372
11 Brad Keselowski 368
12 Clint Bowyer 366
13 Ryan Newman 337
14 Paul Menard 337
15 Kasey Kahne 330
16 Joey Logano 314
17 Jeff Burton 300
18 Juan Montoya 296
19 Aric Almirola 291
20 Marcos Ambrose 287
21 Jamie McMurray 286
22 Jeff Gordon 279
23 Regan Smith 265
24 AJ Allmendinger 264
25 Kurt Busch 255
26 Mark Martin 252
27 Bobby Labonte 242
28 Casey Mears 231
29 David Gilliland 202
30 David Ragan 198
31 Landon Cassill 181
32 Travis Kvapil 163
33 David Reutimann 162
34 Dave Blaney 161
35 David Stremme 92
36 J.J. Yeley 80
37 Brian Vickers 66
38 Michael McDowell 65
39 Brendan Gaughan 50
40 Ken Schrader 47
41 Terry Labonte 42
42 Tony Raines 41
43 Josh Wise* 41
44 Michael Waltrip 26
45 Stephen Leicht* 14
46 Hermie Sadler 13
47 Scott Riggs 13
48 Scott Speed 11
49 Bill Elliott 7
50 Robby Gordon 6
51 Trevor Bayne 0
52 Sam Hornish Jr. 0
53 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 0
54 Mike Bliss 0
55 Robert Richardson Jr. 0
56 Elliott Sadler 0
57 Reed Sorenson 0
58 Joe Nemechek 0
59 Danica Patrick 0
60 T.J. Bell 0
61 Cole Whitt 0
62 Mike Skinner 0
63 Timmy Hill 0
64 Tim Andrews 0
65 Jeff Green 0
66 Stacy Compton 0
67 Mike Wallace 0
68 Kenny Wallace 0

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