Kasey Kahne Wins Brickyard 400

Kasey Kahne parlayed a well-timed pit stop and a masterful overtime restart to claim victory Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, ending a 102-race winless streak dating back to the 2014 season.  Kahne steered his Number-5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet onto pit road for service late in the final stage and it paid dividends a short time later when a four-car crash along the frontstretch produced one of the day’s track-record fourteen cautions.  When others pitted under yellow, Kahne advanced to the front with his new-found track position that made him a player down the stretch.  His decisive restart came after two late cautions sent the race seven laps past its scheduled distance.  Kahne lined up on the inside of Brad Keselowski and drove hard into the first turn, digging in on the low side of the track and charging into the lead he would not relinquish.  As Kahne stretched the advantage over Keselowski, a three-car incident behind him produced yet one more yellow flag.  Kahne had already passed the overtime line on the backstretch, which made his victory official.  Keselowski finished second with Ryan Newman, Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth completing the top five.  Before Sunday, Kahne’s last Monster Energy Series win came at Atlanta Motor Speedway in August 2014 … Pole winner Kyle Busch was seeking an unprecedented third straight Brickyard 400 win but was sidelined by an accident on a restart early in the final stage.  He was side-by-side at the front of the field with Martin Truex Junior, who wiggled and then slid into Busch’s car – taking both drivers out of the race.

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