Originally written on Start 'N' Park Blog  |  Last updated 8/30/14

CONCORD, NC - OCTOBER 15: Kasey Kahne, driver of the #9 Budweiser Dodge, stands in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series NASCAR Banking 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway on October 15, 2009 in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Photo- Getty Images Kasey Kahne made Team Hendrick proud on Sunday at Pocono after he took the win in a day they totally dominated. A wild afternoon started with pole-sitter Jimmie Johnson leading, but when he ran into trouble just shy of the mid-point of the race, Kahne rose to the top spot. Then when a late caution sprung a dash for the win, it was Jeff Gordon taking over the lead only to be passed on another late restart by Kahne. It was a decent day for Hendrick to say the least and they’ll be sipping the champagne tonight. Not even a lap, nor a corner into the race and trouble struck. Going into turn 1, Juan Pablo Montoya entered the corner hot and slid up into Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Both drivers went up into the wall and Matt Kenseth had nowhere to go but into the wreck. The caution flag flew early, sending a message for the remainder of the day. Caution No.2 flew on lap 15 for the once Pocono dominator, Denny Hamlin. He slid up into the wall in turn 3, destroying his car and his chances of regaining his Pocono glory. The decline of Johnson from a formidable opponent in the race came to a point when he blew a tire and hit the wall off of turn 1. He was the leader at that time when the caution flew. His team quickly repaired the damage giving Johnson a glimpse of hope for the remainder of the afternoon. He would end up thirteenth. Brad Keselowski became the man up front on the restart, but ten laps later, the Kahne train blasted to the lead. He would remain there for a good portion of the afternoon, but different pit cycles prevented him from leading the whole rest of the event. The wrecks seemed to keep coming all afternoon and one of the biggest occurred with 50 laps to go. Danica Patrick was running underneath Travis Kvapil going into turn 2 and when they came to the exit of the corner, she got loose and spun up into Kvapil. The two slapped the wall and when Patrick started to slide down the track, Paul Menard and Jeff Burton tagged her, causing extensive damage to all three machines. A final pit stop was all that separated Kahne and the victory or that’s what we thought would when he came down pit lane with 30 laps to go. Once everyone cycled through their stops, Kahne was out front again. He was on cruise control at that point with around a five second lead over Gordon. That lead was erased when the eighth caution of the day came out with 12 laps to go. The quick caution put the two teammates on the front row coming to the restart and it was Gordon pulling out front. Kahne was coming for that lead, but another yellow-flag gave him the chance he needed. The restart with 2 laps to go had the two again battling for the lead, but when Kahne had a bad restart, it looked as Gordon would pull away, but he didn’t. Kahne powered back on the outside heading into turn 1 and he quickly cleared Gordon for the top spot. Kahne didn’t need to do anything else and he took the checkered flag for the second time this season (Bristol).  In the midst of fighting for his Chase hopes, a win all but secures him a spot in the playoffs. Two wins would give him the wild card, but as of now he sits in the top ten so all he needs to do is enter the next five races and he’ll be set for a championship run. The wild card race will continue next week when a sure to be twisted weekend will occur in Watkins Glen. This race has proven to be a wild card contenders dream and it could give someone the boost they need next Sunday in Upstate New York. Results via ESPN.com POS DRIVER CAR MANUFACTURER LAPS MONEY START LED PTS BONUS PENALTY 1 Kasey Kahne 5 Chevrolet 160   18 66 48 5 0 2 Jeff Gordon 24 Chevrolet 160   22 7 43 1 0 3 Kurt Busch 78 Chevrolet 160   5 9 42 1 0 4 Ryan Newman 39 Chevrolet 160   4 2 41 1 0 5 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 88 Chevrolet 160   25 2 40 1 0 6 Brad Keselowski 2 Ford 160   11 14 39 1 0 7 Joey Logano 22 Ford 160   6 0 37 0 0 8 Kyle Busch 18 Toyota 160   2 0 36 0 0 9 Tony Stewart 14 Chevrolet 160   20 3 36 1 0 10 Greg Biffle 16 Ford 160   7 0 34 0 0 11 Carl Edwards 99 Ford 160   3 0 33 0 0 12 Marcos Ambrose 9 Ford 160   8 0 32 0 0 13 Jimmie Johnson 48 Chevrolet 160   1 43 32 1 0 14 Clint Bowyer 15 Toyota 160   16 0 30 0 0 15 Martin Truex Jr. 56 Toyota 160   26 7 30 1 0 16 Jamie McMurray 1 Chevrolet 160   12 1 29 1 0 17 Kevin Harvick 29 Chevrolet 160   14 0 27 0 0 18 Mark Martin 55 Toyota 160   28 0 26 0 0 19 Bobby Labonte 47 Toyota 160   33 0 25 0 0 20 Aric Almirola 43 Ford 160   10 1 25 1 0 21 David Ragan 34 Ford 160   30 1 24 1 0 22 Matt Kenseth 20 Toyota 160   24 1 23 1 0 23 Dave Blaney 7 Chevrolet 160   32 3 22 1 0 24 Casey Mears 13 Ford 160   29 0 20 0 0 25 J.J. Yeley 36 Chevrolet 160   36 0 19 0 0 26 Travis Kvapil 93 Toyota 160   23 0 18 0 0 27 Timmy Hill 32 Ford 158   41 0 17 0 0 28 Juan Pablo Montoya 42 Chevrolet 157   19 0 16 0 0 29 Landon Cassill 40 Chevrolet 157   38 0 0 0 0 30 David Stremme 30 Toyota 151   31 0 14 0 0 31 David Reutimann 83 Toyota 141   35 0 13 0 0 32 Paul Menard 27 Chevrolet 127   21 0 12 0 0 33 AJ Allmendinger 51 Chevrolet 122   15 0 11 0 0 34 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 17 Ford 113   17 0 10 0 0 35 Danica Patrick 10 Chevrolet 110   34 0 9 0 0 36 Jeff Burton 31 Chevrolet 109   13 0 8 0 0 37 Joe Nemechek 87 Toyota 55   39 0 0 0 0 38 Tony Raines 33 Chevrolet 53   43 0 0 0 0 39 David Gilliland 38 Ford 51   37 0 5 0 0 40 Michael McDowell 98 Ford 44   27 0 4 0 0 41 Josh Wise 35 Ford 44   40 0 0 0 0 42 Alex Kennedy 19 Toyota 22   42 0 2 0 0 43 Denny Hamlin 11 Toyota 14   9 0 1 0 0
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