Kahne Climb Continues At Pocono

Kasey Kahne continued his climb in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings by scoring his second win in the last three races after he took the checkered flag in the Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway.

Kahne started from the pole and drove to an easy win Sunday to score his ninth career Sprint Cup Series victory.

It wasn't completely easy for Kahne who led 69 of the 200 laps on Sunday.

He had to overcome a pit road penalty for loose lug nuts on an early pit stop, but once back in front, he had the best car of the field.

"Never. I've never had a car that dominant before," Kahne said. "This one stayed the same all day long. It was so good all day long."

Brian Vickers finished second in the Team Red Bull Toyota for his best finish of the 2008 season.

Denny Hamlin, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Jeff Burton rounded out the top five.

Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards and Mark Martin completed the first 10 finishers.

The finishes for Busch and Edwards were impressive as both came back from trouble during the 500-mile grind at the 2.5-mile triangular track.

Busch spun his Miller Lite Dodge early in the race, sliding through the infield after sliding off of Turn two. He was able to slowly work his way back into the front of the field and salvaged a top-10 finish.

Edwards was in contention to win the race and challenged for the lead in the late going. But a cut tire on the No. 99 AFLAC Ford forced Edwards to pit and took away any chance at scoring his fourth win of the season.

Sunday was a disastrous day for Sprint Cup Series point leader Kyle Busch, who was finishing the last leg of his three-race weekend.

Busch, who was forced to start at the rear of the 43 car field when he crashed his primary mount in Saturday's practice session, made contact with Jamie McMurray in the early going.

His No. 18 M&M's Toyota slammed the frontstretch wall and suffered significant damage. Busch finished 43rd and his lead over Burton shrunk to 21.

"I saw (McMurray) get high, get loose, and thought he faded back further than he did," Busch said. "We broke the mirror trying to adjust it there before the race and couldn't see anything out my right rear quarter panel. So I couldn't clear myself. The spotter didn't say anything, so I apologize to McMurray for wrecking their day."

The Sprint Cup Series now heads to Michigan International Speedway for next Sunday's Lifelock 400.

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