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Kahne takes exciting victory at Bristol

Kyle's elder brother Kurt proved to be one of the biggest stars of the day in the Furniture Row Racing #78 after battling his way back into the lead lap after mid-race setbacks to finish in an impressive fourth place behind Brad Keselowski.

"We fell two laps down because of a loose right-rear wheel," said the former Cup champion. "When you fall two laps down, it's almost like your day is over, but we kept at it and got those laps back, which gave us an opportunity to make another run to the front.

"Then we ran into Logano with less than 50 to go," he continued. "We had damage and had to pit. I'm like, 'What else?' But that allowed us to be off sequence and we put on four fresh tires and battled back. We probably wouldn't have even put four on if we hadn't had the damage ... That was the best call to make."

Busch's team mate Denny Hamlin hadn't been so lucky in the closing laps: he'd joined the ranks of drives to have a tyre go down on him, and while he'd toughed it out to the finish line he'd ended up needing to use the outside wall to turn the car. He finished in 22nd place at the chequered flag, and then drove into a storm in pit lane when Joey Logano arrived at the JGR pit stall to remonstrate with Hamlin about their earlier on-track encounter. Logano tried yelling his views through the window of the #11 when it arrived, and then scuffled with a JGR pit crewman who tried to pull him away.

Logano wouldn't tell the media what he'd been saying to Hamlin: "That is for me to know and Denny to know," he said afterwards. But Hamlin was more forthcoming.

"He said he was coming for me,” Hamlin revealed, adding: "I usually don't see him, so it's usually not a factor." He said that he's try to reach out to Logano at some point in the next week, but that hope might have been extinguished when the two started trading barbs on Twitter later in the evening.

"Great job protecting that genius brain of yours by keeping your helmet on,: Logano tweeted sourly.

"Last time I checked he had my cell and direct message button to choose from if he's got a problem," Hamlin responded indirectly. "Otherwise hush little child."

The pair's on-track feud may even have directly impacted the overall result of the race: Keselowski insisted that his bad final restart was caused by getting hit from behind by Hamlin, who in turn said that he'd been bumped by Logano who'd been running astern.

"The #22 ran into me and shoved me into [Keselowski]," Hamlin insisted. "Sorry to the #2, but I was the pinball in the sandwich. Once he throttled up, the #22 lifted me up and just flat out pinned me up against the #2."

Logano's view was somewhat different, blaming Keselowski's poor restart on backing up the field and causing the knock-on collisions as a result.




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