Kahne bowls them over at Pocono

Kasey Kahne celebrates at Pocono

Kasey Kahne celebrates at Pocono

Kasey Kahne has won his second race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup season holding-off Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon in Sunday’s GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway.

The 16th win of his career has all but guaranteed him a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup after he won a late race re-start battle with Gordon.

Kahne made the winning pass to the outside of Gordon through Turn 1 and cleared his teammate near the entry to the Tunnel Turn at the 2.5-mile triangular track.

“On that final restart, I spun my tyres a little bit and he (Gordon) got a great jump, and Kurt (Busch) pushed me all the way to Turn 1, which really helped,” said Kahne.

“I had one opportunity to either go for it and make it work or not. As good as our (car) was all day long, I thought we could make that work on the outside.

“I just needed to clear him, and when we got to Turn 2, I was able to do that. It was a great race. We had a really fast car. (Crew chief) Kenny (Francis) called an awesome race, and the whole pit crew did a perfect job… We needed this one to get in the Chase — we were able to get it, and it feels really good.”

Gordon was the epitome of mixed emotions after the race. The second-place finish elevated him to ninth in the standings, but Gordon is still winless this season and therefore in danger of missing the postseason if he has serious trouble in any of the five races remaining before the Chase field is set at Richmond.

Pole man Jimmie Johnson had a fast car and dominated the first half of the race, but the championship leader blew a right front tyre on Lap 76 and found the fence. He would go on to finish 13th just one place behind Australia’s Marcos Ambrose.

VIDEO: Final run to the flag

 

RESULTS : GoBowling.com 400 – Pocono Raceway

POS 

Driver 

Car # 

MFG 

Start 

Laps 

Laps Led 

Final Status

Points/Bonus

1

Kasey Kahne 5 Chevrolet 18 160 66 Running 48/5

2

Jeff Gordon 24 Chevrolet 22 160 7 Running 43/1

3

Kurt Busch 78 Chevrolet 5 160 9 Running 42/1

4

Ryan Newman 39 Chevrolet 4 160 2 Running 41/1

5

Dale Earnhardt Jr 88 Chevrolet 25 160 2 Running 40/1

6

Brad Keselowski 2 Ford 11 160 14 Running 39/1

7

Joey Logano 22 Ford 6 160 0 Running 37/0

8

Kyle Busch 18 Toyota 2 160 0 Running 36/0

9

Tony Stewart 14 Chevrolet 20 160 3 Running 36/1

10

Greg Biffle 16 Ford 7 160 0 Running 34/0

11

Carl Edwards 99 Ford 3 160 0 Running 33/0

12

Marcos Ambrose 9 Ford 8 160 0 Running 32/0

13

Jimmie Johnson 48 Chevrolet 1 160 43 Running 32/1

14

Clint Bowyer 15 Toyota 16 160 0 Running 30/0

15

Martin Truex Jr 56 Toyota 26 160 7 Running 30/1

16

Jamie McMurray 1 Chevrolet 12 160 1 Running 29/1

17

Kevin Harvick 29 Chevrolet 14 160 0 Running 27/0

18

Mark Martin 55 Toyota 28 160 0 Running 26/0

19

Bobby Labonte 47 Toyota 33 160 0 Running 25/0

20

Aric Almirola 43 Ford 10 160 1 Running 25/1

21

David Ragan 34 Ford 30 160 1 Running 24/1

22

Matt Kenseth 20 Toyota 24 160 1 Running 23/1

23

Dave Blaney 7 Chevrolet 32 160 3 Running 22/1

24

Casey Mears 13 Ford 29 160 0 Running 20/0

25

J.J. Yeley 36 Chevrolet 36 160 0 Running 19/0

26

Travis Kvapil 93 Toyota 23 160 0 Running 18/0

27

Timmy Hill 32 Ford 41 158 0 Running 17/0

28

Juan Pablo Montoya 42 Chevrolet 19 157 0 Running 16/0

29

Landon Cassill 40 Chevrolet 38 157 0 Running 0/0

30

David Stremme 30 Toyota 31 151 0 Running 14/0

31

David Reutimann 83 Toyota 35 141 0 Running 13/0

32

Paul Menard 27 Chevrolet 21 127 0 Running 12/0

33

AJ Allmendinger 51 Chevrolet 15 122 0 Brakes 11/0

34

Ricky Stenhouse Jr 17 Ford 17 113 0 Running 10/0

35

Danica Patrick 10 Chevrolet 34 110 0 Accident 9/0

36

Jeff Burton 31 Chevrolet 13 109 0 Accident 8/0

37

Joe Nemechek 87 Toyota 39 55 0 Accident 0/0

38

Tony Raines 33 Chevrolet 43 53 0 Brakes 0/0

39

David Gilliland 38 Ford 37 51 0 Accident 5/0

40

Michael McDowell 98 Ford 27 44 0 Brakes 4/0

41

Josh Wise 35 Ford 40 44 0 Brakes 0/0

42

Alex Kennedy 19 Toyota 42 22 0 Vibration 2/0

43

Denny Hamlin 11 Toyota 9 14 0 Accident 1/0

 

STANDINGS 

Rank

Driver

Points

Behind

Wins

Starts

Top 5 

Top 10 

DNF

1

Jimmie Johnson 772 0 4 21 9 14 0

2

Clint Bowyer 695 77 0 21 7 11 1

3

Carl Edwards 688 84 1 21 6 10 0

4

Kevin Harvick 675 97 2 21 5 11 2

5

Dale Earnhardt Jr 656 116 0 21 5 12 2

6

Kyle Busch 646 126 2 21 9 13 3

7

Matt Kenseth 638 134 4 21 5 11 3

8

Kasey Kahne 612 160 2 21 7 9 3

9

Jeff Gordon 602 170 0 21 5 9 5

10

Greg Biffle 599 173 1 21 3 8 0

11

Tony Stewart 594 178 1 21 5 8 0

12

Brad Keselowski 592 180 0 21 6 10 1

13

Kurt Busch 588 184 0 21 5 9 2

14

Martin Truex Jr 584 188 1 21 4 8 2

15

Ryan Newman 575 197 1 21 4 10 5

16

Jamie McMurray 566 206 0 21 1 5 0

17

Joey Logano 561 211 0 21 5 10 2

18

Aric Almirola 554 218 0 21 1 5 3

19

Paul Menard 532 240 0 21 0 4 1

20

Jeff Burton 507 265 0 21 2 4 2

21

Ricky Stenhouse Jr 505 267 0 21 0 0 0

22

Marcos Ambrose 500 272 0 21 0 3 1

23

Juan Pablo Montoya 476 296 0 21 2 4 0

24

Casey Mears 440 332 0 21 0 1 2

25

Denny Hamlin 389 383 0 17 3 4 5

26

David Ragan 376 396 1 21 1 1 3

27

Danica Patrick 373 399 0 21 0 1 4

28

David Gilliland 368 404 0 21 1 1 4

29

Mark Martin 361 411 0 15 1 4 1

30

Bobby Labonte 328 444 0 20 0 0 4

31

Dave Blaney 312 460 0 20 0 0 4

32

David Reutimann 307 465 0 21 0 0 4

33

J.J. Yeley 296 476 0 21 0 1 6

34

David Stremme 285 487 0 20 0 0 3

35

Travis Kvapil 271 501 0 21 0 0 7

36

AJ Allmendinger 244 528 0 11 0 0 2

37

Michael McDowell 109 663 0 19 0 1 16

38

Michael Waltrip 102 670 0 3 2 2 0

39

Timmy Hill 99 673 0 10 0 0 1

40

Scott Speed 91 681 0 9 0 1 6

41

Terry Labonte 77 695 0 4 0 0 1

42

Ken Schrader 68 704 0 6 0 0 1

43

Boris Said 26 746 0 1 0 0 0

44

Ron Fellows 22 750 0 1 0 0 0

45

Justin Marks 14 758 0 1 0 0 0

46

Scott Riggs 10 762 0 6 0 0 6

47

Victor Gonzalez Jr 7 765 0 1 0 0 0

48

Tomy Drissi 6 766 0 1 0 0 0

49

Alex Kennedy 6 766 0 2 0 0 2

50

Brian Keselowski 4 768 0 1 0 0 1

51

Jacques Villeneuve 3 769 0 1 0 0 1

52

Jason Leffler 1 771 0 1 0 0 1

53

Brian Vickers 0 772 1 8 1 3 2

54

Regan Smith 0 772 0 6 0 2 0

55

Austin Dillon 0 772 0 7 0 0 0

56

Trevor Bayne 0 772 0 8 0 0 1

57

Josh Wise 0 772 0 21 0 0 6

58

Landon Cassill 0 772 0 18 0 0 5

59

Joe Nemechek 0 772 0 19 0 0 7

60

Sam Hornish Jr 0 772 0 1 0 0 1

61

Tony Raines 0 772 0 1 0 0 1

62

Paulie Harraka 0 772 0 1 0 0 0

63

Elliott Sadler 0 772 0 1 0 0 1

64

Mike Bliss 0 772 0 11 0 0 11

65

Morgan Shepherd 0 772 0 1 0 0 1

 

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