Pocono Wrap-Up: Kahne Wins, Kvapil Calls Out Danica
Kasey Kahne outdueled his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon late in the race to win Sunday's GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway.
33-year-old Kahne powered past Gordon on the penultimate lap of the 160 lap race to score his second victory of the season, which virtually locks him into the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
"I went into (Turn) 2 and it was either go for it and make it work, or not," Kahne said in victory lane. "And good as our Farmers Insurance Chevrolet was all day long, I thought we could make that work on the outside. I just needed to clear him, and when we got to Turn 2, I was able to do that."
The two birthday boys would score podium finishes, with Gordon in second and Kurt Busch in third. Ryan Newman and Dale Earnhardt Jr. rounded out the top five.
Awesome day! Couldn't have pulled it off without the @FarmersRacing team. Thanks guys— Kasey Kahne (@kaseykahne) August 5, 2013
Congrats to my bud @kaseykahne on your win & thanks to all of your for the Birthday wishes— Kurt Busch (@KurtBusch) August 4, 2013
While the top five drivers found success at "The Tricky Triangle", many others did not.
Jimmie Johnson, who had the dominant car early on, blew a right front tire while leading on lap 77 and would slam the wall. Despite heavy damage, he would rebound to finish 13th.
For the second time in three races, a crash would end Danica Patrick's day. Danica lost control of her car in Turn 2 and made contact with Travis Kvapil, wrecking both cars. Jeff Burton and Paul Menard were also collected.
Kvapil took to Twitter to express his displeasure with Danica, and if you're wondering what "FIB" means, check out urban dictionary (viewer discretion is advised). We'll chalk it up as just another disagreement between Kvapil and the Illinois-native Danica.
Well, once again...We had a great car today! Solid run all day and in position for a great finish...But then we got wrecked...AGAIN! #FIBS— Travis Kvapil (@TravisKvapil) August 4, 2013
Clint Bowyer (14th), Kevin Harvick (17th) and Mark Martin (18th) also jumped onTwitter to talk about their disappointing days.
Fast flat tracks have been unkind to us... Missing something 1 left... #nofun— Kevin Harvick (@KevinHarvick) August 4, 2013
Proud of the progress @rchilders55 and our Aaron's guys made on our car for today's race. We are headed in the right direction. ??— Mark Martin (@55MarkMartin) August 4, 2013