Kasey Kahne thought he had given the race away Sunday when teammate Jeff Gordon beat him on a restart with eight laps remaining.
But on Gordon's 42nd birthday, it was Kahne who got the big gift.
Another caution flag with four laps remaining gave Kahne another shot at his Hendrick Motorsports teammate. This time, he made it count, passing Gordon to regain the lead and pull away for his second Sprint Cup victory of the season.
Gordon initially held off Kahne on the final restart, but Kahne blasted to his outside in Turn 2 to take the lead and pull away for the win at Pocono Raceway.
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“We about gave it away when Jeff got by me," Kahne said. "And then on that final restart, I spun the tires and he had a great jump and Kurt (Busch) pushed me all the way to Turn 1, which really helped.
“I had one opportunity and it was either go for it and make it work or not. As good a car as we had all day, I thought we could make that work on the outside."
Gordon wound up second followed by Kurt Busch, Ryan Newman, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Brad Keselowski.
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