(LOUDON, N.H.) — Kasey Kahne won his second Sprint Cup race of the season after he beat out Denny Hamlin for the checkered flag at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
The win gave Kahne the 12th spot in the Chase and his 14th victory of his career.
“We’ve been pretty tough all year, but we just haven’t finished ’em off a lot of the times,” Kahne said. “From here on out, we need some more top 10s and top fives the rest of the way. It doesn’t get us in the Chase yet, but it does help with a win today.”
Kahne capitalized on the miscommunication between Hamlin and his crew chief Darian Grubb who wanted to change all his tires late.
“Darian asked me how much of the tires I felt I’d used up. I felt like I had used up a substantial amount,” he said. “(I said) give me tires and no adjustments. He thought I meant four tires. Nothing’s a given. Even though it looked like we had one in the bag if we took two tires, you never know.”
Clint Bowyer finished in third.
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John Newsome and Anne Woolsey, CNN