Brickyard 400: Kasey Kahne kisses the bricks for the first time in career
Kasey Kahne (Hendrick Motorsports) ended his 102-race winless streak with a victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Kahne won the Brickyard 400 in the second overtime finish, taking his 18th NASCAR Cup Series win in a career and the first ever at Indianapolis 2.5-mile oval.
Kahne was leading for just twelve laps (of 167) but it was enough to take his first win since August 2104 in Atlanta. Kahne’s #5 Chevrolet took the final lead after a great restart in the second overtime, jumping in front of race leader Brad Keselowski (Team Penske). Kahne crossed the overtime line on the backstretch a moment before officials called the record 14th caution of the race. Kahne took the checkered flag under yellow, starting a celebration he was waiting for almost three years.
This year’s Brickyard 400 was a marathon race, finishing in darkness after three red-flag periods, one for rain and lightning and two for incidents. Fourteen caution periods interrupted the race. For Kasey Kahne, the decisive was a pit stop on lap 150, moments before wreck which eliminated top 10 runners Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch and Erik Jones.
Kahne stayed on the track with fresh tyres when the cars ahead of him came to pit road for tires on Lap 151. After that, he and Brad Keselowski was battling on three successive restarts before the decisive second overtime. Ryan Newman (Richard Childress Racing) came home third, in front of Joey Logano (Team Penske) and Matt Kenseth (Joe Gibbs Racing). Kyle Busch was the man who led for most laps (87) but he was eliminated from the race on lap 111, colliding with Martin Truex Jr.
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