Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 5/27/12
The No. 13 turns out to be lucky for Kasey Kahne on Sunday. Kahne won NASCAR's longest race, the Coca-Cola 600 in Concord, NC, for his 13th career Cup victory. It was Kahne's third victory in the 600 and his first for Hendrick Motorsports. Kahne won in 2008 and 2006. Denny Hamlin placed second, followed by Kyle Busch, series points leader Greg Biffle and Brad Keselowski. Dale Earnhardt Jr. placed sixth. Kahne dominated the last 30 laps at Charlotte Motor Speedway for his first Cup win of the season. Danica Patrick, in her third Sprint Cup race of the season, finished 30th for her best career Cup finish. With 20 laps to go, Kahne was in front and was pretty much unchallenged. Hamlin and Earnhardt hoped to take advantage of a yellow flag on Lap 318 for debris. While eight of the 10 cars on the lead lap opted for a pit stop, Hamlin and Earnhardt stayed on the track and started 1-2 on the restart. Hamlin drove away from Earnhardt, but Kasey Kahne came charging and took the lead with 67 laps remaining. Danica Patrick, who started 40th, was unable to keep the pace on the lead lap, and was four laps back with 100 laps to go. It was her third Cup race of the season. She placed 38th at the Daytona 500 and 31st at the Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. Jimmie Johnson suffered a pit-road penalty with 45 laps to go and had to serve a stop-and-go penalty, which pretty much killed his hopes of winning. JJ took off before the gas can was removed from the No. 48 Chevy. Kasey Kahne led at the 300-lap mark, followed by Greg Biffle and Hamlin. Only 10 drivers were on the lead lap at this point, with 100 laps remaining. Tony Stewart had some fun in the pits, spinning out on Lap 264. As Brad Keselowski was exiting his pit, he clipped the No. 14 Chevy, forcing Stewart to spin out. Mark Martin, who was on the lead lap, ran into trouble on Lap 341. Smoke in the cockpit forced the No. 55 into the garage. Richard Petty Motorsports owned the front row to start the race. Polesitter Aric Almirola and Marcos Ambrose started their Fords 1-2 after posting the top times in qualifying. Meanwhile, Kurt Busch had to move to the back of the field after switching to a backup car. The circuit moves to Dover International Speedway next Sunday, June 3, for the FedEx 400, which will be televised on FOX, starting at 12:30 p.m. ET.
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