Originally written on Race Review Online  |  Last updated 10/29/14

MARTINSVILLE, VA - OCTOBER 23: Kasey Kahne sits in the #9 Budweiser Dodge in the garage prior to practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series TUMS Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway on October 23, 2009 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Rick Hendrick's team is rolling now since Jimmie Johnson earned him his 200th victory in Darlington in the last points-paying race two weeks ago.

Since that milestone victory, Johnson won the All-Star race last weekend, and tonight Kasey Kahne contributed to the streak with taking the victory in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Kahne was far from dominant early on, but capitalized when it counted.

The win was Kahne's 13th career Sprint Cup checkered flag as he made his 300th start. He joins hall of famers Ned Jarrett and Rusty Wallace in winning in his 300th start. The Coca-Cola 600 win also gave Kahne his fourth win at Charlotte and third in the serie's longest race.

Kahne's streak of seven straight top-10 finishes has moved him from 31st in points to 15th after tonight's race. He's not in the Chase zone yet, but he's inching ever closer after a horrendous start to his first season as a Hendrick driver.

Finishing second to Kahne was Joe Gibbs Racing's Denny Hamlin. Hamlin was searching to give JGR their first win in the 600 since 1995, but fell 4.3 seconds short of that feat. The second-place finish moved Hamlin up to third in the standings as he's only 16 points out of the lead heading into Dover next Sunday.

Hamlin's teammate Kyle Busch came home third as he moved up a spot to eighth in the standings and is really hitting his stride now.

Points leader Greg Biffle had the most dominant car of the night but finished fourth as he led at the 100, 200, 300, and 400 mile markers, but couldn't close out the race. Biffle led a race-high 204 laps, but fourth place finish was all he could muster in the No. 16 Ford.

Rounding out the top five was the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge of Brad Keselowski.

A pair of Hendrick cars took home spots sixth and seventh as Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon finished there respectively. Junior dropped a spot in the overall standings to Hamlin and now is fourth, 18 points behind Biffle. Gordon finally turned his bad luck around and finished in the top 20 for the first time in five races. The top-10 moved him up two spots to 22nd in the standings as he has a long way to go if he wants to make the Chase.

Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth rounded out the top 10.

The race had only five yellows, including four for debris, and the lack of caution laps made this the fastest 600 ever. Drivers gave each other respect all race long and only 12 cars that finished on the lead lap tonight. The 13th-place finisher was two laps down and in keeping with most of the races so far in 2012, the action was quite sparse throughout the 400-lap event.

As far as the points go as we head to Dover, there really wasn't much change in the top 10. Greg Biffle leads tonight's tenth-place finisher Matt Kenseth by 10 points while Denny Hamlin, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Jimmie Johnson round out the top five.

The bottom half of the top 10 didn't see much change either as Martin Truex Jr., Kevin Harvick, Kyle, Busch, Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards are solidified in the Chase if it started today. Brad Keselowski and Ryan Newman would make the Chase as wild card entries.

The series heads to Dover next Sunday at 1:00 pm EST.

Coca-Cola 600 Results:

1. 5 Kasey Kahne
2. 11 Denny Hamlin
3. 18 Kyle Busch
4. 16 Greg Biffle
5. 2 Brad Keselowski
6. 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
7. 24 Jeff Gordon
8. 29 Kevin Harvick
9. 99 Carl Edwards
10. 17 Matt Kenseth

11. 48 Jimmie Johnson
12. 56 Martin Truex Jr.
13. 15 Clint Bowyer -2
14. 39 Ryan Newman -2
15. 27 Paul Menard -2
16. 43 Aric Almirola -2
17. 78 Regan Smith -2
18. 83 Landon Cassill -2
19. 31 Jeff Burton -2
20. 42 Juan Pablo Montoya -2

21.  1 Jamie McMurray -3
22. 13 Casey Mears -3
23. 20 Joey Logano -3
24. 21 Trevor Bayne -3
25. 14 Tony Stewart -3
26. 38 David Gilliland -3
27. 51 Kurt Busch -4
28. 47 Bobby Labonte -4
29. 93 Travis Kvapil -5
30. 10 Danica Patrick -5

31. 32 T.J. Bell -10
32. 9 Marcos Ambrose -33
33. 22 A.J Almandine -39
34. 55 Mark Martin OUT
35. 34 David Ragan OUT
36 .98 Michael McDowell OUT
37. 95 Scott Speed OUT
38. 30 David Stremme OUT
39. 33 Stephen Leicht OUT
40. 36 Dave Blaney OUT

41. 87 Joe Nemechek OUT
42. 74 Cole Whitt OUT
43. 26 Josh Wise OUT

Sprint Cup Standings after 12 races:

1. Greg Biffle 433
2. Matt Kenseth -10
3. Denny Hamlin -16
4. Dale Earnhardt Jr. -18
5. Jimmie Johnson -48
6. Martin Truex Jr. -49
7. Kevin Harvick -55
8. Kyle Busch -62
9. Tony Stewart -65
10. Carl Edwards -81

11. Brad Keselowski -85 (Wild Card #1)
12. Clint Bowyer -87
13. Ryan Newman -116 (Wild Card #2)
14. Paul Menard -116
15. Kasey Kahne -123
16. Joey Logano -139
17. Jeff Burton -153
18. Juan Pablo Montoya -157
19. Aric Almirola -162
20. Marcos Ambrose -166

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