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article imageNASCAR: Kahne makes late pass on teammate to win in the Poconos

By John Duarte     Aug 5, 2013 in Sports
Long Pond - A wild Sunday afternoon at Pocono Raceway set up a wild finish that saw Kasey Kahne make a last-ditch pass of teammate Jeff Gordon and go on to with this week's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' race.
Kahne, who had started the 400 from the 18th sport on the grid, worked his way to the front of the field and led 66 of the scheduled 166 laps to win Round 21 of the 2013 Sprint Cup season. Kahne made his move with two laps to go in the race, passed Gordon on the outside as the two headed into Turn 1 and sprinted for the checkered flag.
“I had one opportunity to go either go for it and make it work... or not. I just needed to clear him and, when we got to Turn 2, I was able to do that,” said Kahne. “It was a great race. We had a really fast car.”
The second-place finish was bittersweet for Gordon, who, despite moving into ninth place overall in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, has yet to win this season.
“I'm disappointed that we didn't win this,” he said. “I am frustrated right now because we had a shot at it. We know how important wins are, but second is a great points day for us as well.”
Gordon acknowledged after the race that Kahne was not to be denied on this day and simply “outdrove” him on the last restart of the day.
“I got a perfect restart on that last one... probably jumped him (Kahne) a little bit,” the race runner-up said. “I got in front of him and it looked like I needed to block the inside... so I protected the inside. He blasted up around the outside and outdrove me through (Turn) 1.”
Kurt Busch said he hopes his third-place finish this week is the start to building some momentum and reminded everyone that he is not out of The Chase despite sitting 15th overall. Only the Top 10 drivers in the points' standings and two wild card drivers who have the most wins during the season make it in the shootout for the Sprint Cup during the final 10 races on the schedule.
“We just need to have nice, smooth races and execute like today,” he said. “What's amazing is we finished 14th last week and gained one point. We finish third this week and gained two points. It's so tight.”
The race was marred by several caution periods, including one brought on by Sprint Cup points' leader Jimmie Johnson, who was forced into the outside wall when he blew a tire on Lap 76. Johnson regrouped, but was never really in contention again. He ended the race in 13th place.
Finishing out of the Top 10 didn't hurt Johnson in the Sprint Cup Series' standings. He actually gained a two points on his closest challenger, Clint Bowyer, who crossed the finish line one spot behind Johnson. Carl Edwards, who finished in 11th, remains third in the standings.
The Cheez-it 355 at the Glen takes over Watkins Glen International race course for the next round of the Sprint Cup Series schedule on Aug. 11, 2013 in Watkins Glen, New York.
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