Kasey Kahne got the first win of the 2012 Sprint Cup season on Sunday at the Charlotte Motor Speedway and said he knew his time would come.
And the time was Sunday. Kahne won the Coca-Cola 600 for the third time, giving him 13 career victories. Kahne had a terrible start to the season. His best finish in the first six races was 14. Things started looking up in the last six races, with a stretch of top-10 finishes.
“I never doubted myself,” he said. “It was just a matter of getting past those (six) weeks and moving on and putting some solid races together.”
In the last six races, Kahne has not finished lower than eighth in Cup events and he was ninth in the NASCAR All-Star Race last week.
“For the last six weeks, we've moved up in the points each week,” said Kahne about consistency being the key to make a run for the Sprint Cup. “I feel like if we keep doing what we're doing, hitting on things like we have been”
Denny Hamlin finished second in race and Kyle Busch was third. The margin of victory was over four seconds.
This year’s race was the fastest Coca-Cola 600 on record, finishing in three hours, 51 minutes and 14 seconds with an average speed of 155.687 miles per hour. Hamlin suggested the record duration and speed of the race could have come because “everyone’s trying to get to last call.”
Greg Biffle continues to lead the Sprint Cup standings, 10 points ahead of Matt Kenseth and another six up on Hamlin. Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson rounded out the top five.
The FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks is next on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series calendar, on June 3 in Dover, Delaware.