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Kahne takes exciting victory at Bristol

"I haven't seen the replay, I just know my rear tyres were off the ground before I got to the restart zone," Logano explained. "Eventually I got hit so hard it pushed my foot in the gas pedal, made myself look [stupid]. That was the deal. Never had another chance."

At least Keselowski was able to hang on to that third place. Together with Johnson's late tyre blow-out, that means that in the Sprint Cup championship standings goes into the lead nine points clear of Dale Earnhardt Jr., who came home in sixth place at Bristol in what's turning out to be his best-ever start to a Cup season.

"We had a lot of attrition today too as a lot of guys wrecked out and that certainly makes your day easier when you aren't racing the whole field out there," said Earnhardt, who credited crew chief Steve Letarte for the much of the day's success. "I am not real satisfied with the overall performance but what Steve does on pit road is magic every week. He is pretty sharp!"

Next week sees the NASCAR roadshow head to the west coat for a race at the Auto Club Speedway, Fontana ahead of the Easter break.

Full race results and Sprint Cup Championship standings are available.



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