Kasey Kahne's first few races with Hendrick Motorsports were nothing short of a nightmare. He has been on quite the rebound of late, and Kahne's maiden victory for Hendrick Motorsports and his 13th-career win came in Sunday's Coca-Cola 600. It is his fourth victory at Charlotte including three in the 600 and the 201st for Hendrick Motorsports. Kahne becomes the 16th winner in the team's storied history.
Denny Hamlin finished second, followed by Kyle Busch, a dominant Greg BIffle who led 204 laps, and Brad Keselowski. Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards, and Matt Kenseth rounded out the top-10. Only nine cars completed all 400 laps, with long green-flag stretches of racing and the torrid pace set by Biffle, Busch, and Kahne at different stretches of the race taking its toll on the field.
After not winning since last September at the Kansas Speedway, Hendrick claimed its milestone 200th victory two weeks ago at Darlington with Jimmie Johnson. Johnson then won last Saturday's Sprint All-Star Race, and now Kahne has given the team three wins (two official) in a row.
Kahne joins Jeff Gordon and Casey Mears as drivers who picked up their first Hendrick victory in the 600. In the case of both of those drivers, it was their first (and in Mears' case, only to date) win in NASCAR's top division.