Kasey Kahne had to wrestle the lead from Kevin Harvick, but once he got it he put everyone in his rear view mirror. Even a late race caution that set-up a green/white/checker finish couldn't hold back the No. 9 Dodge of Kahne. Kahne restarted...
Kasey Kahne had to wrestle the lead from Kevin Harvick, but once he got it he put everyone in his rear view mirror. Even a late race caution that set-up a green/white/checker finish couldn't hold back the No. 9 Dodge of Kahne.
Kahne restarted with one lap to go with Matt Kenseth and Harvick waiting for a chance to pounce on Kahne's Dodge. Harvick faded as Kenseth put the moves on Kahne, but he just didn't have enough to make the pass.
"It's an awesome race," said Kahne. "We made some adjustments to make the car the best it could be, and in the end we were. It's a great way to start the season, to get a win so early in the Busch series. We just ended up being good.
"I know Matt was going to be tough there at the end, but we held him off."
Kenseth settled for second, "I got behind on the pit stop and we tried there in the end, we just couldn't catch him. It's still a good day for us."
Harvick, Greg Biffle and Denny Hamlin complete the top five.
"We got really tight," said Harvick. "Our biggest advantage was in the corners in the beginning of the race, but once the sun went down we just couldn't keep up."
Pole sitter Kenseth led 59 laps but gave up the lead to Kahne. Kahne was leading when the second caution waved but Harvick beat everyone off pit road grabbing the race lead at lap 95.
Harvick quickly pulled out to a second advantage over the field with Kahne and Kenseth left to play catch up. Kahne finally caught up and got the lead from Harvick on lap 121 but Harvick would not be denied as the two engaged in a two-lap battle for the top spot.
After a door-to-door drag race, Kahne finally acquiesced and let Harvick have the lead. Harvick quickly pulled back out to a four car length lead as Kahne got bogged down in race traffic.
With 51 to go, the third caution fell sending the leaders to pit road for service with Harvick getting off first again and maintaining the lead but the race didn't stay green long with the fourth caution coming at lap 161 when John Andretti took a hard hit into the wall after contact with Jamie McMurray.
Harvick led on the restart at lap 170 but Kahne got past at lap 179. Kahne stretched out to a seven car length lead once he wrestled the lead from Harvick. Harvick's car began to fall off from its previous race dominance, with Kenseth also passing him for second and setting his sites on Kahne.
With one lap to go, a late race caution set up a green/white/checker finish giving Kenseth and Harvick there last chance to make their move on Kahne. In the end, it was Kahne pulling his Dodge Charger into Victory Lane.
The race was marred with five cautions for 29 laps. There were seven lead changes among 11 drivers.
Kevin Harvick continues to lead Busch series point standings. Denny Hamlin, JJ Yeley, Jamie McMurray and Clint Bowyer complete the top five.