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A look back at Kasey Kahne's eighth career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win in Sunday night's Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor speedway including news, notes and observations by the RacingOne staff.

Press Room
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Inside Line
Kasey Kahne took advantage of Tony Stewart’s blown tire with two laps-to-go and won Sunday night’s Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.

Keys to Victory Lane
The No. 9 Team made a call for right side tires late in the race and Kahne raced his way into the number two spot as the race wound down, a perfect position to be in when Stewart suffered his heartbreaking tire problem.

Zero to Hero
Dale Earnhardt Jr. was leading until a cut tire forced him into the wall but he was able to recover as he drove his battered No. 88 Chevrolet to a fifth-place finish.

Hero to Zero
For the second straight year, Stewart suffered a devastating blow on his way to what appeared to be his first Coca-Cola 600 victory and was handed an 18th-place finish Sunday night.

Rookie of the Race
Who needs Indianapolis? Sam Hornish Jr. topped the freshman field with a 13th-place finish in Charlotte.

Notables
Carl Edwards overcame a 30th-place starting spot and a bad handling car most of the night to finish ninth. David Reutimann took the green flag 28th and scored a 10th-place finish. And rookie Regan Smith began the night in the 37th spot and came home 19th.

Top 35 Standings
Michael Waltrip is now on the bubble after falling two spots to 35th, while Sam Hornish Jr. was able to close to within three posint of Waltrip with his Charlotte performance.

Coca-Cola 600 Loop Data
• Average Running Position: Kyle Busch - 4.9
• Fastest Early In a Run: Kasey kahne - 174.765 mph
• Fastest Late In a Run: Kasey Kahne - 170.509 mph
• Fastest Laps Run: Kasey Kahne - 64
• Fastest on Restarts: Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 171.363 mph
• Most Passes During Green Flag Conditions: Carl Edwards - 102
• Laps In Top 15: Jeff Burton - 398
• Quality Passes: Dave Blaney - 62
• Speed in Traffic: Kasey Kahne - 172.267

Pit Stops
• Kasey Kahne captured his eighth career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win in his 156th career start. Detailed Active Driver Wins
• Kahne won the 14th race for car owner Ray Evernham and George Gillett. Detailed Active Car Owner Wins
• Kahne became the 15th driver to win at Lowe's Motor Speedway from the second position. He also became the 350th driver overall to win a race from that position. Starting Position Facts
• Kahne won the 198th Cup race for Dodge. All-Time Manufacturer Wins
• Greg Biffle's second-place finish was his fourth top-five of 2008.
• Kyle Busch captured his first finish of 25th or better in the Coca-Cola 600 with athird-place finish.
• Jeff Gordon (fourth) finished ninth or better in the three Cup races in May.
• Dale Earnhardt Jr. led the most laps in the Coca-Cola 600 with 76.
• Jeff Burton has now finished sixth in the last two races at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
• Matt Kenseth moved up four positions in the standings to 16th with his seventh-place run.
• Elliott Sadler's eigth-place finish was his first top 10 since finishing sixth in the season opener at Daytona.
• Carl Edwards (ninth) now has a 7.6 average finish in seven starts at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
• David Reutimann's 10th-place finish was his first career top 10 in 39 starts.
• The 400-lap race saw 37 lead changes among 16 drivers and an average speed of 135.772 mph.
• 11 caution flags were thrown for 50 laps.
• The Coca-Cola 600 lasted 4 hours, 25 minutes, 09 seconds.

Lug Nuts
• Some say it was poetic justice what happened to Stewart after he brake-checked the field on a late race restart that caused a multi-car pile-up.
• Good news for Kasey Kahne fans is he’s back. The bad news is those creepy insurance commercial chicks will be around in full force.
• Let the controversy begin – did NASCAR give Dale Earnhardt Jr. a free pass on pit road? Was he speeding or not speeding? Discuss.
• Hope Chip Ganassi enjoyed his Indy victory because his NASCAR operation is in complete shambles.
• Only four more races for Fox's annoying "Digger."
• Tough break for Brian Vickers who might have challenged for Cup win number two had his wheel not abandoned him.
• Indy or Charlotte the better race? Probably Charlotte, but a good day all around if you’re a racing fan.

Garage Talk
• "When luck’s on your side … it’s great. Luck is a big part of, I think, everyday life." – Kasey Kahne
• “I thought we were done, and then I got motivated again." – Dale Earnhardt Jr.
• "That’s a little different when you change your own tire. I never saw that.” - Honorary pit crew member Yao Ming
• “It’s not a market we have set as highly desirable. It’s well served.” – Brian France on Kentucky Speedway

RacingOne Rating
On a scale of 1 to 10 ice cold bottles of Coke we’ll give Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 an 8. We thought we’d be in for a snoozer after what was witnessed in the All-Star Race but that was far from the case. There was some actual racing and plenty of drama served up for the holiday feast. Now it’s off to feed the Monster as the series heads to Dover. Let’s see if it gets there before Bruton Smith buys the place.

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