Kahne ends his drought with Brickyard win

Truex “got loose,” crashes into Busch with 49 laps left

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Michael Marot Jamie Gal­lagher, The As­so­ci­ated Press

IN­DI­ANAPO­LIS» Kasey Kahne sur­vived a crash-marred Brickyard 400 on Sun­day for his first NAS­CAR Cup vic­tory in nearly three years.

The Hen­drick Mo­tor­sports driver won un­der cau­tion in the race that took more than six hours to com­plete, fi­nally fin­ish­ing in fad­ing light af­ter 167 laps and dou­ble over­time. Brad Ke­selowski was sec­ond. It was a wild day at In­di­anapo­lis Mo­tor Speed­way, with Kyle Busch and Fur­ni­ture Row Rac­ing’s Martin Truex Jr. — driv­ing the two fastest cars — out in a crash with 49 laps left.

That was only a pre­lude to the nutty fi­nal 20 laps that in­cluded five crashes, two of which brought out red flags.

Busch looked as if he would make his­tory as the first driver to win three con­sec­u­tive Brick­yards when he led the first 71 laps — and 87 over­all. But when Truex’s car slid up the track, both cars hit the wall.

That opened the door for Kahne, who had strug­gled all sea­son. And as the crashes hap­pened be­hind, Kahne over­came mus­cle cramps to hold on for his 18th ca­reer vic­tory and first since At­lanta in Au­gust 2014.

The race was red-flagged with 10 laps to go af­ter Kurt Busch, FRR’s Erik Jones and Clint Bowyer col­lided coming out of the fourth turn.

On the restart, Kyle Lar­son hit the wall on the front straight­away for an­other cau­tion.

Things went awry once more when Jim­mie John­son, Ke­selowski and Kahne tried to go three-wide through the third turn on what was sup­posed to be the sec­ond-to-last lap. But John­son’s smok­ing car spun and slammed into the wall, forcing over­time.

No­body has won three in a row on Indy’s his­toric oval.

Busch won the first stage by 0.544 of a sec­ond and the sec­ond by 4.205 sec­onds — both over Truex.

“I got loose and wrecked him. It was to­tally my fault,” Truex said. “We worked well to­gether, and that’s the hard part.”

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