Event: NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Sony HD 500 (Race No. 25 of 36) Race recap: Kasey Kahne overcame a penalty for speeding on pit road to win the NASCAR Nextel Cup race at California Speedway on Sunday night. Kahne did have the dominant car -- ...
Event: NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Sony HD 500 (Race No. 25 of 36)
Race recap: Kasey Kahne overcame a penalty for speeding on pit road to win the NASCAR Nextel Cup race at California Speedway on Sunday night. Kahne did have the dominant car -- leading 130 of 250 laps around the two-mile oval -- winning his fifth race of the season.
Kahne, 11th in the championship standings, needed a solid finish to help his chances to qualify for the 10 driver, 10-race "playoffs." He did so, closing the gap from 90 points to 30 with one race to go in the "regular season."
Matt Kenseth took over the championship lead and now is ahead of Jimmie Johnson by nine points leading into next week's race at Richmond. They both are locked into the playoffs.
Goodyear quote -- Rick Heinrich, product manager, stock car racing: "This is the same combination of tires we ran here at California in February. This package worked very well then, and we are very pleased with the performance of our tires this weekend as well. This was an extremely challenging weekend for the teams, having to deal with a wide range of ambient and track temperatures. Practice, qualifying and race-start temperatures were at 100+ degrees, while that dropped sharply at mid-race, having a dramatic impact on handling conditions. Our tires did their job in all conditions."
Companion event: Kahne started the weekend off on the right foot, winning the NASCAR Busch Series race at California on Saturday night. Kahne played the fuel mileage game, running the last 108 miles on Goodyear tires and fuel for the win. Mask Martin led 88 of 150 laps and finished third. Kevin Harvick still holds a comfortable lead in the championship standings.