By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Kasey Kahne won the historic Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400. He was able to escape the wreck-filled race on Sunday to get an overtime win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
This is Kahne’s first win since the 2014 season. He had to withstand three major wrecks over the final 50 laps in addition to a nearly two-hour delay for weather.
Kahne passed the overtime line before the caution flag came out for Denny’s Hamlin’s crash to end the race. It’s Kahne’s first win in a 104 races.
“The career is big, for sure — but the win and the history here,” Kahne said. “To win at this track is unreal. We used to always be really close. We lost to Jeff (Gordon) and we lost to Tony (Stewart); just some fast cars back then.
“Today, strategy got us here. This Farmers Insurance Chevrolet was great once I got out front. I just had to get there. I’m exhausted. But, an unbelievable win. The team just kept working. We had great pit stops.”
Brad Keselowski was the second-place finisher. Ryan Newman rounded out the Top 3 with a third-place finish.
Kahne and Newman both drive Chevy’s, while Keselowski drives a Ford.
The first big wreck that Kahne had to escape was with 11 laps to go. It brought out a red flag for clean up and involved multiple cars, including Clint Bowyer, who got loose and hit the interior wall, before collecting Kurt Busch, Erik Jones and Jamie McMurray.
Then, again, in overtime on Lap 162, a second big wreck took place following a re-start and also brought out another red flag for a second clean up. Trevor Bayne’s car spun into traffic and took out several cars.
The 167-laps had seven leaders and 17 cautions. Kyle Busch was the Stage 1 and 2 winners, before being wrecked on Lap 110 when Martin Truex Jr. hit his car.
“I just got loose and wrecked him — totally my fault,” Truex Jr. said. “Didn’t really know what to expect in that position and didn’t really realize that he was going to drive in that deep and suck me around. I will take the blame for that and obviously it was my fault. I hate it for Kyle [Busch], he had a great car and we did as well, but that’s racing.
“Glad I was able to get out, fire was bad. I had no brakes and I had to run into the wall a second time just to get it to stop, so I could get out. Fortunately, I’m okay and we’ll live to race another day.”
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