Kahne nabs 1st win of year at Charlotte

May 27, 2012 at 11:03 PM
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CONCORD, N.C., May 27 (UPI) -- Kasey Kahne grabbed the lead on the 333rd lap Sunday and went on to record his first victory of the season in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Kahne charged out of a restart on lap 326 and subsequently passed Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Denny Hamlin, forging into the lead.

The Hendrick Motorsports driver then dueled Hamlin down the stretch, besting him by 4.295 seconds on the 1.5-mile track.

The victory was the 13th of Kahne's career and first since joining Hendricks. It marked the ninth different winner in 12 Sprint Cup Series races this season.

Kyle Busch came in third, while Greg Biffle -- who held the lead for 204 laps -- settled for fourth.

Brad Keselowski rounded out the Top 5.

Jimmie Johnson was in the mix until dragging a fuel can out of his pit stall following a stop on lap 353.

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