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Aaron's 312 - Busch race
KASEY KAHNE ATLANTA RACE RECAP
HAMPTON, GA - Kasey Kahne, driver of the No. 38 Great Clips Ford, started 13th for the running of the Aaron's 312 NASCAR Busch Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. By lap 75, he had moved into the top 10 and even reached as high as first on lap 115 before finishing the 203-lap event in seventh position.
"We should have finished second or third today," said Kahne. "We definitely had the car to do it. We drove all the way up through the field, and then I ran out of gas on pit road. Unfortunately, that pit stop was under green flag, so we lost quite a few positions. Once you get behind all of those cars, it's really hard to get back up front. I just kept fighting all day, and luckily we were able to bring home another top-10 finish for Great Clips.
"When we were racing around and cars were spread out, it was easy to get through lapped traffic. When you're racing in packs, it just kills you, and lapped cars are out there racing like it's for position."
Kahne currently sits in seventh in the NASCAR Busch Series overall driver point standings.
Winston Cup regular Greg Biffle took the checkered flag, followed by Matt Kenseth, Bobby Hamilton, Jr., Michael Waltrip and Hank Parker, Jr., complete the top five.
Aaron's 312 Unofficial Finish
1. Greg Biffle Kleenex Chevy
2. Matt Kenseth Express Personnel Services Ford
3. Bobby Hamilton, Jr. Team Marines Ford
4. Michael Waltrip Aaron's Chevy
5. Hank Parker, Jr. Bass Pro Shops Chevy
6. Scott Riggs Nestle Nesquik Ford
7. Kasey Kahne Great Clips Ford
8. David Green Timberwolf Pontiac
9. Kevin Harvick PayDay Chevy
10. Dave Blaney Whelan Ford
NASCAR Busch Series Unofficial Driver Standings
1. David Green 4236
2. Scott Riggs 4223
3. Jason Keller 4201
4. Ron Hornaday, Jr. 4201
5. Brian Vickers 4187
6. Bobby Hamilton, Jr. 4063
7. Kasey Kahne 3733
8. Scott Wimmer 3725
9. Johnny Sauter 3695
10. Stacy Compton 3620
Next Race: Bashas' Supermarkets 200, Phoenix International Raceway
3 p.m. ET, Saturday, November 1, 2003
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