Stolen? No. Fortunate? Yes.
Kasey Kahne knows that Denny Hamlin’s miscommunication on a pit stop helped him, but he doesn’t think he stole a victory from him.
“I wouldn’t say ‘stolen,’” said Kahne, who took home his second win of the season. “We ran in the top four the whole race. We were in pretty good shape, but if he was to keep the track position I never would have passed him.”
Hamline had dominated most of the 200-lap race Sunday, but a miscommunication between him and crew chief Darian Grubb on pit road cost him the lead and possibly the win.
“Darian asked me how much of the tires I felt like I used up,” said Hamlin. “I said I felt like I used them up a substantial amount. I’d been on the lefts for quite a few laps and so my information to him was that, yeah, we’d used up the tires. He said, ‘I think two is the call.’
“I said ‘Ok, just give me tires and no adjustments.’ He took that as I meant four tires. Just that small communication messed us up a little bit, you never know what could have happened.”
And just that small miscommunication, cost Hamlin the win.
Kansas native Clint Bowyer finished third followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Brad Keselowski.
With his second win of the season, Kahne moved to 12th in the standings and took over the first wild card position for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
Matt Kenseth maintains the points lead and is 16 points ahead of Earnhardt Jr. Greg Biffle is third, Jimmie Johnson is fourth and Hamlin improved two spots to fifth place.
On Saturday, Brad Keselowski took the checkered flag in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at New Hampshire to earn his second series win of the season.
Keselowski battled Kevin Harvick throughout the entire 200 lap race. On lap 155, it looked like Harvick had the field covered with a 1.5-second lead over Keselowski, however while battling lap traffic, Harvick was held up by a lapped car, giving Keselowski an opportunity to make his move. Keselowski passed Harvick on the outside in Turn 4 and maintained his lead throughout the remainder of the race.
“It was one of those days when things came together for us,” said Keselowski. “We had a good car and caught a little break. It feels good to get the job done today.”
Austin Dillon finished third, winning Nationwide’s $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus and establishing his eligibility for next week’s cash bonus at Chicagoland Speedway.
Sam Hornish Jr. finished fourth followed by defending series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Elliott Sadler finished seventh and retained his lead in the series standings by three points over Dillon. Reigning series champion Stenhouse is third in the point standings, while Hornish Jr. and Justin Allgaier round out the top five.
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