Kasey Kahne won the GoBowling.com 400 at the Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania Sunday for his second victory of the season giving him a likely entry in the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
Along with his second win of the season, it was Kahne’s second victory at Pocono Raceway.
Kahne, 33, moved from ninth to eighth in the Sprint Cup standings with the win. His first win of the season was the Food City 500, March 17, at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee.
Kahne battled for the lead for much of the race, finally beating out teammate Jeff Gordon at the close of the race.
According to NASCAR Sprint Cup website, Kahne gained the advantage over Gordon after a caution.
With two laps remaining Kasey Kahne went into turn 1 and passed Gordon to secure the win.
The NASCAR website reported Kahne said, “On that final restart, I spun my tires a little bit and he (Gordon) got a great jump, and Kurt pushed me all the way to turn 1, which really helped. I had one opportunity to either go for it and make it work or not. As good as our (car) was all day long, I thought we could make that work on the outside.
“I just needed to clear him, and when we got to turn 2, I was able to do that. It was a great race. We had a really fast car. (Crew chief) Kenny (Francis) called an awesome race, and the whole pit crew did a perfect job… We needed this one to get in the Chase — we were able to get it, and it feels really good.”
Jimmie Johnson, pole winner and leader in Sprint Cup standings, was contending for the lead early in the race but blew a tire on lap 76 and hit the outside wall knocking him out of the race.
This is Kahne’s second year driving the No. 5 Chevrolet SS for Hendrick Motorsports.