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Kahne claims first win at Bristol

3:46 PM, Mar 17, 2013   |    comments
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Bristol, TN (Sports Network) - Kasey Kahne benefited from Brad Keselowski's mishap on a late-race restart to win Sunday's Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Keselowski, the defending Sprint Cup Series champion and last year's winner of the spring race at Bristol, held the lead for a restart with 40 laps to go, but Keselowski spun his tires, allowing Kahne to drive past him for the top position.

Kahne then held off pole sitter Kyle Busch in the closing laps to win at Bristol for the first time in 19 starts. Kahne also captured his 15th career Sprint Cup victory but his first since July 2012 at New Hampshire (20 races ago). He finished second to Matt Kenseth one week ago at Las Vegas.

Busch crossed the line 1.7 seconds behind Kahne. Keselowski wound up finishing third, while Kurt Busch and Clint Bowyer rounded out the top-five.

The 500-lap race at this 0.533-mile, high-banked oval featured its share of wrecks and tempers. On lap 390, Jeff Gordon blew his right-front tire and veered up the track before he slammed into the wall and took out Kenseth. Gordon and Kenseth were running in the top-two at the time of the incident.

Denny Hamlin and his former Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, Joey Logano, made contact in the late-going, which led to post-race altercation between the two. Logano approached Hamlin while he was still in his car in the garage area. Several of Hamlin's crew members had to restrain Logano.

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