BUSCH: Homestead race notes

MIAMI, Fla., -- Kasey Kahne earned his first career NASCAR Busch Series victory in the Ford 300 while Brian Vickers won the Busch Series driver's championship as Ford Championship Weekend continued on Saturday at the New Homestead-Miami ...

MIAMI, Fla., -- Kasey Kahne earned his first career NASCAR Busch Series victory in the Ford 300 while Brian Vickers won the Busch Series driver's championship as Ford Championship Weekend continued on Saturday at the New Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Kahne, driving the No. 38 Great Clips Ford, led the final 29 laps for a .590-second victory over Martin Truex Jr. and Bobby Hamilton Jr. on the new state-of-the-art 20-degree, variable banking facility.

"It's the last race of the year," said Kahne, who won his first Busch Series race in his 54th career start. "Our team has as much momentum as any team going into next year. It feels real good. Brian Vickers and that whole team, they deserve that championship. That's cool that they are able to do that and it's good that we won and are able to go out on a good note."

Vickers, who at one point was a lap down, rallied for a 11th-place finish and a 14-point margin of victory for the NASCAR Busch Series driver's championship over David Green, who finished ninth.

"This is everything that I've ever dreamed of doing," Vickers said. Green, who also rallied from three laps down, was disappointed but proud of his team's effort.

"We are a disappointed team, but we do have an awesome team," Green said. Truex, driving for Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s Chance 2 Motorsports team, was delighted with his second-place run.

"We've got two second-place finishes in a row," Truex said. "I'm looking forward to next year. I've got some momentum going into the winter and I'm just looking forward to running a bunch of races with them next year and hopefully get some wins."

Jamie McMurray, driving the No. 1 Miccosukee/Yellow Dodge, led the most laps during the Ford 300, but a cut tire eliminated him from contention and he settled for a 20th-place finish. Scott Riggs, who had a long shot at winning the driver's championship, got collected in a Lap 1 accident and settled for a disappointing 41st-place finish.

"It's a disappointing way to end my year," Riggs said. "You guys saw what happened, somebody hit me from the rear."

Rounding out the driver point standings behind Vickers and Green were Ron Hornaday Jr., Hamilton Jr., Jason Keller and Riggs.

A limited number of tickets are still available for The Ford 400 NASCAR Winston Cup Series race Sunday by visiting the Speedway box office.

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