Kasey Kahne held off Greg Biffle in a wild last-lap, door-to-door battle at Kansas Speedway to take the NASCAR Busch Series victory. Kahne stayed out during a late-race caution to gain track position when leader Biffle pitted. Biffle raced his way...
Kasey Kahne held off Greg Biffle in a wild last-lap, door-to-door battle at Kansas Speedway to take the NASCAR Busch Series victory. Kahne stayed out during a late-race caution to gain track position when leader Biffle pitted. Biffle raced his way back to the front, but Kahne held him off coming out of the last turn to grab his second Busch race win of the year and first for Evernham Motorsports.
"Greg had the best car all day, he was the fastest guy here," said Kahne. "We made the right call ... they told me to stay out, we had old tires but the Goodyear's worked well. I think it had a lot to do with engines. That's Evernham engines right there.
"He definitely was getting through the corner better but we just kind of drafted with him using the side of his car and we just had a little bit more momentum coming off turn four."
Biffle led a race-high 136 laps and came home second, "He knew what to do, he (Kahne) got me loose. I should have moved him down there in three and four."
Johnny Sauter, Kevin Harvick and Jon Wood completed the top five.
Martin Truex, Jr. took the field to the green flag but trouble broke out on lap six when David Stremme lost control of the No. 14 Dodge collecting Elliott Sadler and Reed Sorenson.
"Looked like Stremme didn't know, or his spotter didn't know that the 41 was under him," said Sadler. "It's a shame he just came down and took us all out...I didn't even get to break a sweat today but maybe we got our bad luck out of the way today."
The field restarted with Truex still in the lead on lap 14 and led until Carl Edwards and Biffle beat him off pit road on lap 32 sending Truex back to third. Edwards restarted on top on lap 34 but Truex quickly powered past both Ford's to regain the lead until Biffle made his bid for the lead, taking it on lap 46.
Biffle continued to lead through the next series of cautions and service stops. Truex was following closely behind Biffle until he pitted on lap 141 after his team told him to stay out. Truex had already passed the commitment line and stopped for a splash-and-go.
The field restarted on lap 143, with Biffle first and Truex 18th but the caution quickly came out when Brent Sherman spun on the restart. Biffle was still out front on the restart with Bobby Labonte running in second when on lap 149 Labonte's engine blew bringing out the seventh yellow of the afternoon.
Leaders remained on the track with Biffle, Mark Martin and Clint Bowyer running 1-2-3 on the restart. Biffle continued to enjoy a sizeable lead over the grid; but with 16 to go Biffle and several of the other top cars chose to pit, relinquishing the lead to Johnny Sauter.
Biffle restarted eighth.
Sauter restarted with just 13 laps left to be completed but lost the lead to Kahne on lap 189 as Biffle charged his way to fourth on four fresh tires. By lap 193 Biffle was in second, with Kahne in his sights.
On lap 194, Biffle got what he needed to catch Kahne: a caution. The field restarted with three to go, with Kahne leading and Biffle squarely on his bumper. Kahne managed to hold Biffle off for a lap but on the final lap the duo raced door-to-door to the checkered flag.
In the end, a little contact coming out of turn four gave Kahne enough edge to take the win.
Truex continues to lead the 2005 Busch series championship. Clint Bowyer (-49), Reed Sorenson (-251), Carl Edwards (-386) and Denny Hamlin (-583) complete the top five.