Kasey Kahne wins in Atlanta

Kasey Kahne has made the Chase

Kasey Kahne has made the Chase

Kasey Kahne has joined his Hendrick Motorsports team-mates in making the Chase for the Sprint Cup with victory at the Oral-B USA 500 in Atlanta.

Kahne took the lead from Matt Kenseth in the second attempt at a green-white-chequered finish to make NASCAR’s version of the play-offs with one race remaining. It was his 17th career race win and he will take part in the Chase with stablemates Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson in the Chase.

“It took a lot,” Kahne said. “We were all over the place. The guys stayed with me and worked hard,” said Kahne.

“Really happy. It’s tough. We’ve had a downer year at times. It’s been one thing after another. But we’re in the Chase with our teammates, I have great teammates. It’s awesome to work with those guys. Glad we’re in the Chase.”

Kenseth finished second and also clinched a spot in the Chase on points despite not having won a race this season.

Denny Hamlin finished third, followed by Johnson and Carl Edwards. Danica Patrick scored her best result in the Sprint Cup with a sixth place finish.

Australia’s Marcos Ambrose was classified 42nd after he had an engine failure and will have his final chance of making the Chase at Richmond International Raceway next weekend.

Ambrose's car in the garage after 122 of 335 laps

Ambrose’s car in the garage after 122 of 335 laps

“We were fighting to get our lead lap back and was working hard at it, but it just wasn’t meant to be,” said Ambrose.

“Something happened going into turn two with the engine. It didn’t give any warning, and there was nothing I could do.”

Tony Stewart’s return didn’t end on the right note after he finished one place ahead of Ambrose when he hit the wall after contact with Kyle Busch. Despite several pit stops to repair the damage his night was done after again hitting the wall after tyre failure.

“We got off to a good start,” said Chad Johnston, Stewart’s crew chief. “I went into today with some pretty high hopes of finishing well and possibly coming out of here with a win, but it just didn’t work out in our favor. We got into a little trouble with (Busch) and got into the outside wall and a lot of heavy right side damage.

“We were just trying to fix that and salvage what we could, but then we blew a right front. It’s really good to have him back.”

The other driver to have a tough night was Clint Bowyer, who entered Atlanta with a 31-point cushion over the Chase cut-off line. However, a transmission problem sent him the garage for repairs, dropping him to 38th at finish.

He could make the Chase via points at Richmond but now will need a win to be certain.

VIDEO: Final Laps

VIDEO: Victory Lane

RESULTS: Oral-B USA 500 – Atlanta Motor Speedway 

Pos  CAR DRIVER MANUFACTURER STARTING POS. LAPS LAPS LED FINAL STATUS POINTS BONUS POINTS
1 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 10 335 25 Running 47 4
2 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 5 335 53 Running 43 1
3 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 17 335 37 Running 42 1
4 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 16 335 0 Running 40 0
5 99 Carl Edwards Ford 11 335 0 Running 39 0
6 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 27 335 0 Running 38 0
7 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 4 335 0 Running 37 0
8 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 3 335 0 Running 36 0
9 43 Aric Almirola Ford 7 335 0 Running 35 0
10 16 Greg Biffle Ford 18 335 0 Running 34 0
11 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 20 335 0 Running 33 0
12 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 15 335 0 Running 32 0
13 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 22 335 22 Running 32 1
14 22 Joey Logano Ford 14 335 0 Running 30 0
15 55 Brian Vickers Toyota 19 335 0 Running 29 0
16 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 8 335 0 Running 28 0
17 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 9 335 0 Running 27 0
18 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 33 335 0 Running 26 0
19 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 1 335 195 Running 27 2
20 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 26 334 0 Running 24 0
21 7 Michael Annett Chevrolet 25 334 0 Running 23 0
22 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet 24 334 0 Running 22 0
23 78 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet 6 334 0 Running 21 0
24 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 13 334 0 Running 20 0
25 33 Ty Dillon Chevrolet 29 332 0 Running 0 0
26 51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 31 332 0 Running 18 0
27 34 David Ragan Ford 38 331 0 Running 17 0
28 38 David Gilliland Ford 37 330 0 Running 16 0
29 36 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 43 330 0 Running 15 0
30 26 Cole Whitt Toyota 40 329 0 Running 14 0
31 40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 42 329 0 Running 0 0
32 32 J.J. Yeley Ford 41 328 0 Running 0 0
33 98 Josh Wise Chevrolet 36 328 0 Running 11 0
34 66 Brett Moffitt Toyota 35 327 0 Running 10 0
35 23 Alex Bowman Toyota 30 326 0 Running 9 0
36 83 Ryan Truex Toyota 39 326 0 Running 8 0
37 77 Joe Nemechek Ford 34 324 0 Running 0 0
38 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 21 314 0 Running 6 0
39 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 2 296 3 Accident 6 1
40 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 23 258 0 Vibration 4 0
41 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 12 170 0 Accident 3 0
42 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 32 122 0 Engine 2 0
43 37 Mike Bliss Chevrolet 28 23 0 Vibration 0 0

 

 POINTS STANDINGS

POSITION DRIVER POINTS BEHIND STARTS WINS TOP 5 TOP 10 DNF
1 Jeff Gordon 872 Leader 25 3 8 16 0
2 Dale Earnhardt Jr 851 -21 25 3 11 16 2
3 Matt Kenseth 794 -78 25 0 10 16 2
4 Joey Logano 791 -81 25 3 10 14 4
5 Brad Keselowski 782 -90 25 3 10 12 1
6 Jimmie Johnson 766 -106 25 3 8 15 3
7 Carl Edwards 755 -117 25 2 6 11 2
8 Kevin Harvick 748 -124 25 2 7 12 2
9 Ryan Newman 747 -125 25 0 2 9 1
10 Greg Biffle 728 -144 25 0 3 10 1
11 Kasey Kahne 708 -164 25 1 3 10 3
12 Clint Bowyer 705 -167 25 0 3 10 2
13 Kyle Larson 704 -168 25 0 5 11 3
14 Paul Menard 675 -197 25 0 4 11 0
15 Austin Dillon 674 -198 25 0 1 3 0
16 Jamie McMurray 666 -206 25 0 2 7 3
17 Kyle Busch 657 -215 25 1 6 9 4
18 Brian Vickers 650 -222 25 0 3 7 2
19 Denny Hamlin 636 -236 24 1 6 11 2
20 Marcos Ambrose 628 -244 25 0 3 5 1
21 Kurt Busch 614 -258 25 1 6 6 5
22 Aric Almirola 594 -278 25 1 2 5 5
23 AJ Allmendinger 590 -282 25 1 2 4 3
24 Casey Mears 583 -289 25 0 1 2 0
25 Martin Truex Jr 561 -311 25 0 0 3 2
26 Tony Stewart 540 -332 22 0 2 6 2
27 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 538 -334 25 0 1 5 1
28 Danica Patrick 500 -372 25 0 0 3 3
29 Justin Allgaier 443 -429 25 0 0 0 5
30 Michael Annett 393 -479 25 0 0 0 4
31 David Gilliland 392 -480 25 0 0 0 4
32 David Ragan 370 -502 25 0 0 0 2
33 Cole Whitt 353 -519 25 0 0 0 3
34 Reed Sorenson 335 -537 25 0 0 0 5
35 Josh Wise 307 -565 24 0 0 0 1
36 Alex Bowman 304 -568 25 0 0 0 4
37 Ryan Truex 189 -683 21 0 0 0 7
38 Michael McDowell 166 -706 12 0 0 1 4
39 Travis Kvapil 144 -728 15 0 0 0 1
40 Jeff Burton 87 -785 4 0 0 0 0
41 Terry Labonte 77 -795 3 0 0 0 0
42 David Stremme 56 -816 7 0 0 0 2
43 Bobby Labonte 54 -818 3 0 0 0 1
44 Parker Kligerman 54 -818 8 0 0 0 4
45 Michael Waltrip 48 -824 3 0 0 0 1
46 Juan Pablo Montoya 47 -825 2 0 0 0 0
47 Alex Kennedy 47 -825 5 0 0 0 2
48 Dave Blaney 46 -826 7 0 0 0 3
49 Brett Moffitt 44 -828 4 0 0 0 1
50 David Reutimann 37 -835 3 0 0 0 0
51 Boris Said 28 -844 2 0 0 0 0
52 Timmy Hill 22 -850 5 0 0 0 3
53 Nelson Piquet Jr 18 -854 1 0 0 0 0
54 Eddie MacDonald 9 -863 1 0 0 0 0
55 Tomy Drissi 6 -866 1 0 0 0 0
56 Landon Cassill 0 -872 23 0 0 0 4
57 Sam Hornish Jr 0 -872 1 0 0 0 0
58 Trevor Bayne 0 -872 9 0 0 0 3
59 Brian Scott 0 -872 5 0 0 0 1
60 Ty Dillon 0 -872 1 0 0 0 0
61 Ryan Blaney 0 -872 1 0 0 0 0
62 Joe Nemechek 0 -872 13 0 0 0 3
63 J.J. Yeley 0 -872 9 0 0 0 3
64 Blake Koch 0 -872 3 0 0 0 0
65 Regan Smith 0 -872 1 0 0 0 1
66 Morgan Shepherd 0 -872 2 0 0 0 1
67 Mike Bliss 0 -872 3 0 0 0 3
68 Johnny Sauter 0 -872 1 0 0 0 1
69 Eric McClure 0 -872 0 0 0 0 0
70 Matt Crafton 0 -872 0 0 0 0 0

 

 

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