Kasey Kahne Wins at Bristol
Kasey Kahne got his first win at Bristol after leading 109 laps on the day. Kahne got the lead for good on the final restart of the race when Denny Hamlin got into leader Brad Keselowski causing the 2012 champion to spin the tires and hold up the whole outside line.
Kyle Busch started on the pole and led early but he was caught speeding on pit road on an early caution and was forced to the back of the pack. It took almost all race but Busch rallied back to finish second.
The driver who led the most laps was Denny Hamlin with 117. Hamlin was involved in an incident near the three-quarter mark with Joey Logano while battling for second. Logano was fighting for the lead with Jeff Gordon when he got loose underneath Gordon. He slid up the track in front of his former teammate Hamlin who gave him a shot in the rear. Then Hamlin gave him another shot in the middle of the corner which turned Logano around. Logano backed it into the wall, but the team was able to repair the damage. Logano rallied back to the top 10 but had issues on that final restart when Keselowski slowed down the whole outside line. Logano finished 17th, last on the lead lap.
Things didn't end there for Hamlin who had an issue in the closing laps of the race that really hurt his finish. He basically got stuck in the outside line and kept bouncing off the wall in the turns for the last five laps. After being a contender for much of the race Hamlin had to limp to the finish in 23rd.
But things still weren't over between Hamlin and Logano. After the race ended Logano parked in front of Hamlin on pit road. He walked over to Hamlin who was still sitting in his car and started yelling at him through the window. One of Hamlin's crew members took exception to it and shoved Logano away and that's when things started to get a little hectic. After that shove the 22 team came over to defend their driver. Things eventually cooled down after that.
Two other drivers that led a lot of laps were Gordon and Matt Kenseth but both finished poorly. Their days were ended in the same incident when Gordon melted the bead on his right front tire while leading. He shot up the track right into Kenseth who plowed into the back of the 24. Both cars were destroyed. Gordon finished 34th and Kenseth finished right behind him.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Top 10 in Points:
Dale Earnhardt Jr -9
Jimmie Johnson- 15
Clint Bowyer- 38
Greg Biffle- 40
Denny Hamlin- 41
Kasey Kahne- 42
Carl Edwards- 42
Paul Menard- 48
Kyle Busch- 51