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Lowe's Busch post-race report
CONCORD, N.C.Kasey Kahne, driver of the No. 38 Great Clips Dodge, started 39th for the running of the Dollar General 300 NASCAR Busch Series race at Lowe's Motor Speedway. After coming from two laps down and avoiding a track-record 14 cautions, Kahne finished in the 12th position.
Shortly after the race started, Kahne radioed the crew and explained that the car was overheating. Two laps later, a much needed caution flag waved and he came in for four tires, fuel and the crew removed tape off of the grill. The pit stop helped the overheating condition and Kahne moved up to 15th by lap 70.
However, bad luck would plague Kahne again and he brushed the wall on lap 85. The team had to come in under the green flag for two tires and the incident put him two-laps down. Persistence by the No. 38 team paid off and by lap 160, Kahne had received the Lucky Dog award twice. He would return to the lead lap and finish in the 12th position.
"What a great night for the Great Clips Dodge," said Kahne. "To come back from two laps down and finish 12th says a lot about this team. We started out the race a little loose, but the team did a great job of making the adjustments to get the Great Clips Dodge where it needed to be. It was a crazy night. You basically were just holding on and hoping that you didn't blow a tire."
Ryan Newman took his fifth-consecutive checkered flag followed by Elliott Sadler, Paul Menard, Carl Edwards and Sterling Marlin.
Dollar General 300 Unofficial Finish
- Ryan Newman ALLTEL Dodge
- Elliott Sadler CITI Financial Ford
- Paul Menard Menards/Quaker State Chevy
- Carl Edwards Charter Communications Ford
- Sterling Marlin Family Dollar Dodge
- Jason Leffler KB Home Chevy
- Jon Wood Clorox/Wisk Ford
- Ashton Lewis U.S Marines Ford
- Kevin Lepage Vector Security Chevy
- Martin Truex Jr. Bass Pro Shops Chevy
- Justin Labonte U.S. Coast Guard Chevy
- Kasey Kahne Great Clips Dodge
NASCAR Busch Series Unofficial Driver Standings
- Martin Truex Jr. 4341
- Clint Bowyer 4221
- Reed Sorenson 4018
- Carl Edwards 3985
- Denny Hamlin 3696
- Kenny Wallace 3659
- Paul Menard 3555
- Jason Keller 3365
- David Green 3360
- Greg Biffle 3355