Kahne earns first win at Bristol
BRISTOL, Tenn.—Kasey Kahne’s bumper-banging battle with Brad Keselowski was just the warm-up act in an action-packed race at Bristol Motor Speedway yesterday.
Former teammates Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano exchanged words after the race—in person and on Twitter—because Hamlin spun Logano as the latter was racing for the lead.
Typical Bristol, right?
It looked that way as Kahne and Keselowski staged a spectacular battle for the lead—only for a caution to put them side-by-side for a restart with 39 laps to go.
Keselowski had an issue—he either spun his tires or the Hamlin-Logano feud disrupted his start—and Kahne sailed away for his first career victory at Bristol.
“Feels really good to win at this place,” Kahne said. “Such a tough track over the years.
“When you race in the Sprint Cup Series, Bristol is a race you want to win,” he added.
Tempers flared afterwards when Logano leaned inside Hamlin’s window to complain about Hamlin spinning him as he tried to pass Gordon for the lead.
Logano was pulled away from Hamlin’s car by crew members for both drivers in a classic post-Bristol clash that delighted the crowd.
“They’re fighting! It’s Bristol!” yelled Clint Bowyer, who saw the action on the infield big screen.
Nobody came close to Kahne, who drove his Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet to the win by 1.7 seconds.
Hendrick drivers now have won two of the first four races this season.
Kyle Busch snagged second from Keselowski, who took over the Sprint Cup Series points lead as the only driver to open the season with four top-five finishes.