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Nice guys don't always finish last.
Oftentimes they finish second -- but they don't win championships.
And Kasey Kahne won't win a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title -- despite his consummate skill and the unquestioned quality of his equipment -- until his level of aggression begins to approach the level of his talent.
In Saturday's Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway, Kahne had the best car at the end of the race, hands-down, and failed to win. For the third time this season, Kahne chased Matt Kenseth to the finish line with fresher tires and/or a faster car.
Kenseth refused to lose, driving perilously deep into the corners to prevent Kahne from clearing his car.
Kahne, on the other hand, refused to win, refraining from using his bumper to move Kenseth in the closing laps.
Had Kahne cleared Kenseth, he would have run away with the race. Kenseth knew it, and so did the fans in the stands who stood and cheered as they watched some of the most breathtaking racing we've seen this year.
We watched and waited for Kahne to seize the moment, but it didn't happen. Kahne settled for second. That sort of mind-set doesn't work in theChase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, where victories are paramount.
Just ask Carl Edwards, who took an eight-point lead into the final three races of the 2011 Chase, finished second three times and lost the championship in a tiebreaker to Tony Stewart, who won two of the last three events.
No one would have blamed Kahne for moving Kenseth out of the way on Saturday night. It was Bristol, after all, the high-speed home of the bump-and-run.
Though he doesn't look a day older than 25, Kahne turned 33 in April. My belated birthday present to the driver of the No. 5 Chevrolet is a wristband inscribed "WWDD," as in "What would Dale (Earnhardt) do?"
Perhaps that could serve as food for thought when the Chase starts.
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For all the times that Kasey Kahne has complained about Joe Gibbs Racing drivers taking advantage of his No. 5 team, when push came to shove on Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway, the Hendrick Motorsports driver was reluctant to do either.
Over the final 13 laps of the Irwin Tools Night Race, Kahne motored his Chevy up to Matt Kenseth's door, ahead of his car and behind...
Matt Kenseth held off Kasey Kahne for 12 nerve-racking laps to hang on and win Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway.
The win is the fifth of the season for Kenseth, most in the Sprint Cup Series, and clinches a spot in the Chase for the championship.
Kahne passed Juan Pablo Montoya for second and set his sights on Kenseth. Kahne tried numerous times over the final dozen laps...
Kasey Kahne had his chance Saturday night to get revenge on Joe Gibbs Racing, but he refused to not race clean, trying every which way to pass Matt Kenseth without wrecking him. Kahne was fed up with all of JGR after Kenseth made contact with his No. 5 Chevrolet earlier this month,
Matt Kenseth rebounded from a pit-road speeding penalty and a furious late-race charge by Kasey Kahne to win the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. It was Kenseth's season-high fifth victory of the NASCAR Sprint Cup season, and his first since winning at Kentucky Speedway in June.
Kahne dogged Kenseth over the final 20 laps, but had to settle for second ahead...
Kasey Kahne was fed up with all of Joe Gibbs Racing by the time contact with Matt Kenseth ended his race at Watkins Glen earlier this month.
It was the fourth time a JGR driver had wrecked him, and he took to Twitter to voice his displeasure, posting: "Headed to Joe Gibbs Racing to talk to whoever will come out front."
But when he had his chance Saturday night to right...
Kasey Kahne, by his own admission, is NASCAR’s version of “Mr. Clean.” What else can you say after Bristol’s big fireworks...
In one of the most thrilling final 15 laps in the history of Bristol Motor Speedway, Matt Kenseth held off Kasey Kahne for his fifth Sprint Cup win of the season on Saturday night in the Irwin Tools Night race.
The victory clinched a spot for Kenseth in the Chase for the championship.
Kahne tried repeatedly to get by Kenseth, several times trying to slide in front of Kenseth, but...
Matt Kenseth had old tires, a sputtering gas tank and Kasey Kahne in his rearview mirror in the closing laps of a race for the third time this season.
The result was the same as it was in Las Vegas, same as it was in Kansas.
Kenseth won again.
He held off Kahne on Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway - the third time this season the two have gone 1-2 - to reclaim some of the...
Bristol, TN- Kasey Kahne vowed to take his revenge on any of the Joe Gibbs Racing drivers after getting wrecked near the end of the Watkins Glen race two weeks ago.
Just weeks ago, he was wrecked by Matt Kenseth near the end of the Cheez-It 355 at the Glen and took to Twitter with his displeasures.
He had his chance Saturday night in the closing stages of the Irwin Tools Night Race...
When Rodney Childers joins Stewart-Haas Racing as Kevin Harvick's crew chief, the move should strengthen both SHR and Hendrick Motorsports, which supplies engines and chassis to the
organization co-owned by Tony Stewart and Gene Haas.
Childers is close to Kenny Francis, crew chief for Kasey Kahne at HMS, and that relationship alone could enhance the bond and the sharing of...
Matt Kenseth shook of an early penalty and held off Kasey Kahne for 12 laps to hang on and win Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Kahne, who won in the spring, tried numerous times over the final dozen laps to make the pass but never could get it to stick. On the last lap, he went for the bump and run and missed.
Kenseth’s win in the IRWIN Tools Night Race was the fifth...
Yes, Brad Keselowski was in a precarious position in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings entering Saturday's Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Keselowski started the weekend in eighth place but just eight points ahead of Kasey Kahne in 11th. Unlike Kahne, the defending Cup champion has no victories this season, and hence no claim to a Wild Card spot.
Here is the entry list for Saturday night’s Great Clips/Grit Chips 300 from Atlanta. There are 42 entries for 40 spots, so 2 drivers will miss the show. Among the highlights of the list: Kasey Kahne is back in the #5 Great Clips Chevrolet, Trevor Bayne has Cargill on his[...]