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Kahne Wins Pocono 500

by Frank Ryan
Sunday, June 08, 2008

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Kahne won from the pole for the fifth time in his career.
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Kasey Kahne started from the pole and overcame a pit road mishap to win the Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway.  Toyota and Red Bull  grabbed second place with a strong run by Brian Vickers.  Rounding out the top 5 were Denny Hamlin, Dale Earnhardt Jr and Jeff Burton.

Kahne's victory was hard fought as an early race pit miscue forced Kahne to restart in 38th place after only three lug nuts were tightened in an early stop, forcing Kahne to pit again to fix the mistake.

Brian Vickers has had 4 top 5 finishes at Pocono and Denny Hamlin continues his good luck at Pocono gathering another top 5 finish.

Kahne celebrates in the late afternoon sun after winning the Pocono 500.
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"I'm so proud of our guys," said Vickers, who gave Red Bull Racing its best finish in the Cup series. "We needed tires. He (Kahne) had a lot newer tires, and that’s all we needed. We had a great car."

Hamlin, who won both Pocono races from the pole in 2006, had a run on Vickers soon after the final restart but couldn’t make the pass.

"I got to the 83 (Vickers), but as soon as we got there, he moved down into our line, and we couldn't make any headway," Hamlin said.

Coming into Pocono Kyle Busch held a commanding lead in the Sprint Cup points and was attempting the near impossible, three NASCAR races in three different series in three different cities, The Craftsman Truck race in Texas, the Nationwide race in Nashville, and the Cup race in Pocono. 

Kyle Busch would wind up finishing dead last and retaining just a slim lead in the points.
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The weekend would have Busch traveling from Pocono to Texas, back to Pocono, to Nashville and then back to Pocono.  On Friday Busch nearly won the Sam's Town 400 in Texas finishing in 2nd place, but upon returning to Pocono Busch’s luck started to sour as he crashed his primary car during the Saturday morning practice session for the Pocono 500. 

At Nashville Busch finished in 20th but his luck would only get worse upon returning to Pocono.  Starting the race in his backup car Busch was working his way to the front, but misjudging moving around Jamie McMurray down the front stretch crashed hard, destroying the nose of his Camry. 

Busch ended the day in 43rd position and had his points lead reduced by 121 points as he now leads Jeff Burton by just 21 points.  With the victory Kahne climbed to 9th place in the Chase.

Results

FIN ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 1 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser 195/10 200 Running
2 15 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 175/5 200 Running
3 14 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Ground 170/5 200 Running
4 7 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / AMP Energy 160/0 200 Running
5 18 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility 155/0 200 Running
6 2 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's 155/5 200 Running
7 11 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 146/0 200 Running
8 13 17 Matt Kenseth Ford DEWALT 147/5 200 Running
9 6 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 143/5 200 Running
10 3 8 Mark Martin Chevrolet Steak-umm Burgers 134/0 200 Running
11 35 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios / Betty Crocker 130/0 200 Running
12 8 84 A.J. Allmendinger Toyota Red Bull 127/0 200 Running
13 26 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 124/0 200 Running
14 36 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 121/0 200 Running
15 31 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 123/5 200 Running
16 40 38 David Gilliland Ford FreeCreditReport.com 115/0 200 Running
17 25 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 117/5 200 Running
18 27 12 Ryan Newman Dodge Kodak 109/0 200 Running
19 34 44 David Reutimann Toyota UPS 106/0 200 Running
20 20 26 Jamie McMurray Ford IRWIN Industrial Tools 103/0 200 Running
21 9 66 Scott Riggs Chevrolet State Water Heaters 105/5 200 Running
22 30 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar 102/5 200 Running
23 23 28 Travis Kvapil Ford DISH Network / DishDVRs 94/0 200 Running
24 28 6 David Ragan Ford AAA Insurance 91/0 200 Running
25 17 15 Paul Menard Chevrolet Pittsburgh Paints / Menards 88/0 200 Running
26 32 5 Casey Mears Chevrolet Kellogg's / CARQUEST 85/0 200 Running
27 37 00 Michael McDowell * Toyota Champion Mortgage 82/0 200 Running
28 4 01 Regan Smith * Chevrolet DEI / Principal Financial Group 79/0 200 Running
29 5 78 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Furniture Row / DenverMattress.com 76/0 200 Running
30 39 45 Terry Labonte Dodge Paralyzed Veterans of America 73/0 200 Running
31 41 21 Bill Elliott Ford U.S. Air Force 70/0 200 Running
32 22 10 Patrick Carpentier * Dodge Charter Comm. 67/0 200 Running
33 29 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target 64/0 200 Running
34 16 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Stanley Tools 66/5 200 Running
35 10 20 Tony Stewart Toyota The Home Depot 63/5 198 Running
36 38 7 Robby Gordon Dodge Robby Gordon Motorsports 55/0 198 Running
37 19 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA AUTO PARTS 52/0 198 Running
38 21 42 Juan Montoya Dodge Texaco / Havoline 49/0 157 In Pit
39 33 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel's 46/0 154 Running
40 24 70 Jason Leffler Chevrolet Haas Automation 43/0 140 In Pit
41 12 40 Dario Franchitti * Dodge Target 40/0 137 In Pit
42 43 77 Sam Hornish Jr. * Dodge Mobil 1 37/0 130 In Pit
43 42 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M's 34/0 95 In Pit

*Rookie

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