Kasey Kahne had to fight his way into the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series All-Star event at Lowe's Motor Speedway in North Carolina, and he did it thanks to the fans who voted him into the non-points special event. Thanks to the vote of the fans and his...
Kasey Kahne had to fight his way into the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series All-Star event at Lowe's Motor Speedway in North Carolina, and he did it thanks to the fans who voted him into the non-points special event. Thanks to the vote of the fans and his driving skills tonight, along with his Gillett Evernham Motorsports team, the driver of the No. 9 Dodge is a cool $1 million dollars richer.
"It feels pretty special to win this race. To get voted in by the fans - they voted us in, we didn't even make our way in," expressed a delighted Kahne. "The fans put us in the All-Star Race and hopefully we made them happy. Twenty-fourth to 1st, that's the best that we can do."
Kahne used old tires in the final of the four segments to land tonight's victory, holding off two of Roush Fenway Racing's Ford racers, Greg Biffle and Matt Kenseth. The team opted to take on fuel only to make the final run. It was a decision that paid off big time.
"I wouldn't have believed it until about lap 60 or so. At that point, our car was getting better and better. We were making the right adjustments. In the final 50 to 75 laps we were pretty loose," said Kahne. "We made one small adjustment with the track bar, and left the tires on it. I knew we were quick the longer the runs went. I thought if we could get by some cars, the car was good enough to win."
Kahne is the first Cup driver to win the All-Star race after getting voted in. Kahne's first shot at getting in was during the Sprint Showdown at the famous Charlotte 1.5-mile quad-oval. After his fifth place finish, the fans jumped on the bandwagon and voted him into the All-Star race.
"That was awesome and a really great effort put forth by Kenny Francis and all the guys on that team. I really want to thank the fans because if it wasn't for their vote, we wouldn't have been in the race. We won the race," commented co-team owner Ray Evernham.