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August 4, 2013

Kahne holds off Gordon to win at Pocono Raceway

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LONG POND, Pa. (AP) —

"That was kind of the race at that point," Kahne said. "Once I cleared (Gordon) getting into two, from there it was just, don't make a mistake and try to run the quick lap on the last one."

Kahne, Gordon and Earnhardt made it an outstanding race for Hendrick. Teammate and series points leader Jimmie Johnson was 13th after a blown tire knocked him out of the lead.

Kahne had stretched his lead to almost 8 seconds when a caution for debris came out with 12 laps left. Gordon, who won at Pocono each of the last two years, was strong in the No. 24 and had the lead as he tried to extend his record for career wins at Pocono.

Matt Kenseth spun with four laps left to erase Gordon's lead and set up the thrilling finish. Gordon led again untilKahne ran him down with a hard, sweeping run past his teammate for the win.

"We had them. We certainly had the position," Gordon said. "I'm pretty disappointed I let him get inside of me on (turn) one."

Kahne also won this season at Bristol. He jumped a spot to eighth in the points standings and need a win to make sure he'd at least qualify for a wild-card spot should he fall below 10th place. Kahne was third last week at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and seems to be heating up with five races left until the Chase field is set. With two wins, he'd also be closer to Johnson and Kenseth once the points are reset when Chase field is set.

Kahne's 16th career win should make him a Chase lock.

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