Kasey Kahne, driver of the No. 5 Quaker State Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday in Concord, N.C. Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR
By: Toby Christie – Follow On Twitter @Tobalical
When Kasey Kahne crossed the finish line first in Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 – the 13th victory of his Sprint Cup career - it meant more than any of his wins in recent memory. To understand why this win was so special, you have to first realize where Kahne was in the points picture just six races ago — 31st. To say that Kahne’s season – which was billed as his best chance at a championship – was off to a rocky start would have been a vast understatement.
The driver of the No. 5 Chevrolet was merely hoping to stay inside the top-35 of Sprint Cup Series Owner Points after a 38th-place finish which stemmed from a blown motor in Martinsville. Through six races of the 2012 campaign, Kahne had finish...