No nudge gives Kahne win

first_imgIf Kasey Kahne tries something like the move that won him Saturday’s Busch United Way 300 race in today’s Nextel Cup event, Greg Biffle vowed to make him pay for it. Biffle elected not to nudge Kahne out of contention during their late side-by-side duel Saturday, and Kahne edged ahead just yards from the finish line for the victory at Kansas Speedway at Kansas City, Kan. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Kahne, who didn’t find out until Thursday that he would drive Saturday’s race for Evernham Motorsports, was unfazed. “I doubt he’ll sacrifice his Cup car (today),” Kahne said. “He’s got a lot riding on that, racing for points, and I doubt he wants to do that. If he wants to nudge, we can nudge, too.” Points leader Martin Truex Jr., who started from the pole and led 36 laps, lost ground because of a decision to pit earlier than the rest of the field. He still finished ninth – his first top-10 finish since Aug. 26 – and widened his lead over Clint Bowyer from 26 to 49 points. Bowyer was running fourth, four spots ahead of Truex, with nine laps to go on the 1-mile tri-oval. But he developed a loose wheel, had to pit, and finished 15th. Also: Rain soaked the track at the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka, Japan, leaving Fernando Alonso, Michael Schumacher, Kimi Raikkonen and Juan Pablo at the back of the grid for today’s Formula One race. The four drivers have won 16 of the 17 races this season. They will begin in the last half of the starting grid. Fair weather is forecast for race day. … Ron Capps broke a lengthy drought in the O’Reilly NHRA Fall Nationals at Ennis, Texas, topping Funny Car qualifying for the first time in five years. Doug Herbert (Top Fuel) and Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) also topped their divisions in the $1.5 million event. The margin of victory – .03 seconds – was the fifth-closest since the series implemented electronic timing in 1993. “If this is the Cup race, that’s the last lap and that’s what going on, it’s going to be a different outcome, I can tell you that,” said Biffle, who led 136 of 200 laps and clearly had the fastest car in the race. center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img