Kahne's win finally gets Chevy back in victory lane
Mar 17, 2013 at 6:26 PM
BRISTOL -- Kasey Kahne scored his 15th career Sprint Cup Series victory in Sunday’s Food City 500, and his first at Bristol Motor Speedway in 19 starts.
The 32-year-old driver had one previous win on a short track prior to Sunday, his first career win at Richmond in 2005.
He also gave Chevrolet a record 43rd win on the high-banked short track. However, it was the first win for Chevy at Bristol since Jimmie Johnson won the 2010 Food City 500.
Kyle Busch came up one spot short of sweeping Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series races at Bristol Motor Speedway for a third time.
Busch led the first 55 laps of the race, but was assessed a penalty for speeding on pit road which dropped him back in the pack. He clawed for the runner-up finish, his 12th top-10 finish in 17 races at BMS.
On a day when several big names had trouble, there was a shake-up at the top of the Sprint Cup point standings.
Brad Keselowski moved into the lead with his third-place finish. The defending series champion now has four straight top-five finishes to start the season.
Following his sixth-place finish, Dale Earnhardt Jr. moved into second place, nine points out of the lead.
Jimmie Johnson, the leader coming into Brisotl, dropped to third, 15 points behind Keselowski. Clint Bowyer and Greg Biffle round out the top five.
Race winner Kahne moved up seven spots to seventh in the points, while Kurt Busch was the big winner, picking up 13 positions in the points following his fourth-place finish.
Terry Labonte started his 883rd Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, tying him with Dave Marcis for third on NASCAR’s all-time list.
Labonte finished 25th in the No. 32 Ford after starting shotgun on the field.
Richard Petty holds the record with 1,185 career starts, followed by Ricky Rudd, who made 906 starts before retiring in 2007.
Charlie Daniels announced Sunday at BMS that he has partnered with NASCAR brothers Darrell and Michael Waltrip to headline the Fourth Annual Waltrip Brothers’ Charity Championship Champion’s Dinner in Franklin, Tenn.
Daniels, who provided the pre-race entertainment before the Food City 500, will perform at the Oct. 23 Champion's Dinner, kicking off the two-day fundraiser that concludes Oct. 24 with a golf tournament at The Legends Club and benefits Feed The Children, Motor Racing Outreach (MRO) and Lipscomb University’s Charlie Daniels Scholarship for Heroes.
Darrell Waltrip addressed Kyle Busch tying his BMS track record of 13 wins at the “World’s Fastest Half-Mile” with his victory in Saturday’s Jeff Foxworthy Grit Chips 300 Nationwide Series race.
Waltrip had 12 Sprint Cup and one Nationwide Series win, while Busch has five in Sprint Cup, five in Nationwide and three in the Truck Series.
“Kyle gets around this race track as well as anyone I’ve ever seen,” Waltrip said. “I’m proud of everything I’ve done here, the seven wins in a row. When people ask me about the biggest accomplishments of my career, seven wins in a row at this race track tops the list.
“But to watch Kyle run here, I love watching him. I kind of vicariously feel like I’m in the car with him scared to death.”
Knoxville driver John Blankenship passed Mooresburg driver Scott Bloomquist for the lead on lap 13 and went on to capture the $10,000-to-win “Spring Thaw 60” at Volunteer Speedway on Saturday night.
Blankenship had the fast time in qualifying and was on Bloomquist’s back bumper over the opening laps.
Steve Casebolt of Richmond, Ind., raced up from an eighth-starting spot to finish second ahead of South Carolina driver Chris Madden.
Billy Ogle Jr. of Knoxville and Bloomquist rounded out the top five.
Newport driver Jimmy Owens was sixth, followed by NASCAR Truck Series driver Ty Dillon.
Teammates Jensen Ford and Tim Byrd drove the cars from their Jonesborough team to a 1-2 finish in the Pro Late Model feature.
Chase Elliott, son of 1988 NASCAR champion Bill Elliott, finished third. Jerry Broyles of Jonesborough finished ninth in the field of 23 drivers.
South Carolina driver Anthony Anders scored his first Late Model Stock win at Kingsport Speedway on Friday night.
Adam Long of Pounding Mill, Va., was runner-up, followed by Daniel Pope II of Smyrna.
Hayden Woods of Piney Flats was fourth with Blake Jones of Sevierville fifth.
Zeke Shell of Johnson City was eight, Joey Trent of Gray was 14th and Robbie Ferguson of Jonesborough was 15th.
Other winners were: Nick Cole in Street Stock, John Ketron in Pure 4, Jacob Owens in Legends and Brandon Sutherland in Rookie Pure 4.