Kasey Kahne wins NASCAR sprint cup race in New Hampshire
By DENNIS BOX
Enumclaw Courier Herald Editor
July 15, 2012 · Updated 2:34 PM
The victory moves Kahne into No. 1 wild card spot for sprint cup series Chase.
Driving his No. 5 Chevrolet, Kahne and his team lead by crew chief Kenny Francis put in an flawless performance.
The early part of the race Kyle Busch in his Toyota led, but communication problems in the pit cost him time.
Denny Hamlin, who ran second with his Toyota leading for 150 laps, also ran into communication problems on pit row. He stopped for two tires, but his crew chief called for four and Hamlin fell to 13th.
Kahne, who began in the second post position, sat in third during the early laps but took the lead in the final laps and held off a charging Hamlin for the victory.
In an interview on SPEED network Kahne said the team "totally stepped up. It was pretty cool."
Kahne said he thought Hamlin's car was the one to "beat all day. The 11 was about a 10th better all day. We will need a little more rear grip and forward drive. We have a shot to win more races."
Kahne said the plan is to, "To keep what doing what we are doing. We have to keep after it and no driver errors. I definitely feel better than when I woke up this morning."
Francis said in an interview on SPEED, "It's a pretty short race, 301 laps. You have to be pretty close when you start the race."
Francis said he was "shocked the 11 (Hamlin) took four tires at the end."
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