Kasey Kahne's unorthodox but effective strategy in the final restart of the NASCAR print Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway saw him edge out Hendrick Motorsports team mate Jeff Gordon by over a second for his second win of the 2013 season and his 16th victory in 345 series starts. It's the second time Kahne has won in 20 Cup races at the 'Tricky Triangle'.

Kahne initially appeared to struggle to get underway in the green-white-chequered restart, but then converted this into a huge speed around the outside of turn 1 to put him back in front of Gordon and Kurt Busch by the time they hit turn 2. Kahne later admitted that his approach to the restart had been accidental: "I about gave it away when Jeff got by me," he said. "I spun the tires a little bit and he got a great jump and Kurt pushed me all the to turn 1, which really helped; and then I had one opportunity. It was either to go for it and make it work, or not."

Despite suffering a tyre blow-out that left him struggling for the second half of the race, pole sitter and early leader Jimmie Johnson was able to battle back to 13th place by the finish, just ahead of Clint Bowyer who is his nearest challenger in the Sprint Cup standings. As a result, Johnson increases his lead in the points standings and is now 77 points out in front with just five regular seasons races remaining to the Chase cut-off.

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Race results

1. #5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports 160 laps 3hrs 6mins 2secs
2. #24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports + 1.392s
3. #78 Kurt Busch Furniture Row Racing + 1.948s
4. #39 Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Racing + 2.425s
5. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Hendrick Motorsports + 2.747s
6. #2 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing + 2.987s
7. #22 Joey Logano Penske Racing + 3.175s
8. #18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing + 4.191s
9. #14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing + 4.364s
10. #16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing + 4.774s
11. #99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing + 4.930s
12. #9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports + 5.234s
13. #48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports + 5.582s
14. #15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing + 5.592s
15. #56 Martin Truex Jr Michael Waltrip Racing + 5.713s
16. #1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing + 6.080s
17. #29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing + 6.200s
18. #55 Mark Martin Michael Waltrip Racing + 6.506s
19. #47 Bobby Labonte JTG Daugherty Racing + 6.746s
20. #43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports + 7.064s
21. #34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports + 7.380s
22. #20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing + 7.459s
23. #7 Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing + 7.636s
24. #13 Casey Mears Germain Racing + 7.825s
25. #36 J.J. Yeley Tommy Baldwin Racing + 8.641s
26. #93 Travis Kvapil BK Racing + 23.806s
27. #32 Timmy Hill FAS Lane Racing + 2 Laps
28. #42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing + 3 Laps
29. #40 Landon Cassill Circle Sport + 3 Laps
30. #30 David Stremme Swan Racing + 9 Laps
31. #83 David Reutimann BK Racing + 19 Laps
32. #27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing + 33 Laps
33. #51 AJ Allmendinger Phoenix Racing + 38 Laps Accident
34. #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Roush Fenway Racing + 47 Laps
35. #10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing + 50 Laps Accident
36. #31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing + 51 Laps Accident
37. #87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO Motorsports + 105 Laps Accident
38. #33 Tony Raines Circle Sport + 107 Laps Brakes
39. #38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports + 109 Laps Accident
40. #98 Michael McDowell Phil Parsons Racing + 116 Laps Brakes
41. #35 Josh Wise Front Row Motorsports + 116 Laps Brakes
42. #19 Alex Kennedy Humphrey Smith Racing + 138 Laps Vibration
43. #11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing + 146 Laps Accident

Sprint Cup Series championship standings

1. (--) Jimmie Johnson 772pts (Leader)
2. (--) Clint Bowyer 695pts (-77pts)
3. (--) Carl Edwards 688pts (-84pts)
4. (--) Kevin Harvick 675pts (-97pts)
5. (--) Dale Earnhardt Jr. 656pts (-116pts)
6. (+1) Kyle Busch 646pts (-126pts)
7. (-1) Matt Kenseth 638pts (-134pts)
8. (+1) Kasey Kahne 612pts (-160pts)
9. (+1) Jeff Gordon 602pts (-170pts)
10. (-2) Greg Biffle 599pts (-173pts)
11. (--) Tony Stewart 594pts (-178pts)
12. (+1) Brad Keselowski 592pts (-180pts)
13. (+1) Kurt Busch 588pts (-184pts)
14. (-2) Martin Truex Jr. 584pts (-188pts)
15. (+1) Ryan Newman 575pts (-197pts)
16. (-1) Jamie McMurray 566pts (-206pts)
17. (+1) Joey Logano 561pts (-211pts)
18. (-1) Aric Almirola 554pts (-218pts)
19. (--) Paul Menard 532pts (-240pts)
20. (--) Jeff Burton 507pts (-265pts)
21. (--) Ricky Stenhouse Jr. # 505pts (-267pts)
22. (--) Marcos Ambrose 500pts (-272pts)
23. (--) Juan Pablo Montoya 476pts (-296pts)
24. (--) Casey Mears 440pts (-332pts)
25. (--) Denny Hamlin 389pts (-383pts)
26. (+2) David Ragan 376pts (-396pts)
27. (-1) Danica Patrick # 373pts (-399pts)
28. (-1) David Gilliland 368pts (-404pts)
29. (--) Mark Martin 361pts (-411pts)
30. (--) Bobby Labonte 328pts (-444pts)
31. (+1) Dave Blaney 312pts (-460pts)
32. (-1) David Reutimann 307pts (-465pts)
33. (--) JJ Yeley 296pts (-476pts)
34. (--) David Stremme 285pts (-487pts)
35. (--) Travis Kvapil 271pts (-501pts)
36. (--) AJ Allmendinger 244pts (-528pts)
37. (--) Michael McDowell 109pts (-663pts)
38. (--) Michael Waltrip 102pts (-670pts)
39. (+1) Timmy Hill # 99pts (-673pts)
40. (-1) Scott Speed 91pts (-681pts)
41. (--) Terry Labonte 77pts (-695pts)
42. (--) Ken Schrader 68pts (-704pts)
43. (--) Boris Said 26pts (-746pts)
44. (--) Ron Fellows 22pts (-750pts)
45. (--) Justin Marks 14pts (-758pts)
46. (--) Scott Riggs 10pts (-762pts)
47. (--) Victor Gonzalez Jr. 7pts (-765pts)
48. (--) Tomy Drissi 6pts (-766pts)
49. (+1) Alex Kennedy 6pts (-766pts)
50. (+1) Jacques Villeneuve 3pts (-769pts)
51. (+1) Jason Leffler 1pts (-771pts)

# = Cup series rookie Only drivers registered for points in this series are shown in the standings.