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Sony HD 500 - California Speedway

Kahne Sweeps Fontana
After a fury on pit road in the closing laps, as competitors needed just a few seconds worth of gas to make it to the end, Kasey Kahne emerged as victor in the Sony HD 500 at California Speedway. As the laps were winding down, fuel was an issue, or should I say lack of fuel was an issue. Most teams needed to hit pit road for that splash of fuel to get them to the finish line. Some took gas only, others changed right-side tires as well, while a few chose not to pit at all. A handful of drivers tried to make it to the end without stopping and steal a victory on Labor Day Weekend in Fontana, but it was not to be. Kahne, who had the strongest car all night, took the lead for the final time when Reed Sorenson ran out of fuel with two laps to go and won by a margin of 3.427 seconds. Kahne, in claiming his series-leading fifth win of the year, swept both the Busch Series and the NEXTEL Cup events this weekend in Fontana. This comes one week after Matt Kenseth swept both races at Bristol and is only the second time in NASCAR history that a weekend sweep has occurred on back-to-back weekends. Kahne becomes the third driver to score a weekend sweep this season, joining Kenseth and Kevin Harvick, who swept at Phoenix. For Kahne, the trip to victory lane is his sixth NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in 97 career starts. Kahne gave Dodge their first win at California and became the 10th different race winner in the last 10 races at the two-mile track. Trying to break into the top ten in the point standings in order to make the Chase for the Championship, Kahne did all that he could do, leading the most laps on the night and taking the checkered flag. Kahne led the race eight times for a total of 130 laps to lead the most laps for the second time this season. Kahne is still on the outside looking in, now 30 points behind 10th-place Jeff Burton. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was runner-up on the night, notching his career best finish at California. He climbed from ninth to sixth in the point standings, 77 points ahead of Kahne. Rookie Clint Bowyer was the only car able to stretch his fuel and make it to the end where he would finish third. Carl Edwards was fourth, scoring his fifth top-10 finish in five races at California. Jeff Gordon finished fifth to score his sixth top-five finish in 13 races at California. He climbed from fifth to fourth in the point standings, 102 points ahead of 11th place. Matt Kenseth's seventh-place finish tonight was good enough to vault him past Jimmie Johnson and into first place in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series point standings.

Sony HD 500 Notes
· Race Results
· Dodge Post-Race Quotes
· Chevrolet Post-Race Quotes
· Ford Post-Race Quotes
· Rookie Post-Race Quotes
· Point Standings
· Owner Point Standings
· WIX Filters Lap Leader Notes
· Final Practice
· Rookie Final Practice Quotes
· Practice 2
· Chevrolet Saturday Quotes
· Starting Lineup
· Dodge Qualifying Quotes
· Chevrolet Qualifying Quotes
· Ford Qualifying Quotes
· Rookie Qualifying Quotes
· Qualifying Results
· Practice 1
· Ford Friday Quotes
· Chevrolet Friday Quotes
· Dodge Friday Quotes
· Rookie Friday Quotes
· Qualifying Order
· Entry List
· Race Notes
· Weekend Schedule
· MRN Notes
· Raybestos Rookie Notes
· Bill Lester Notes
· Todd Kluever Notes
· Terry Labonte Notes
· Scott Wimmer Notes
· Jimmie Johnson Notes
· Matt Kenseth Notes
· Kevin Harvick Notes
· Kyle Busch Notes
· Jeff Gordon Notes
· Denny Hamlin Notes
· Jeff Burton Notes
· Tony Stewart Notes
· Dale Earnhardt Jr. Notes
· Mark Martin Notes
· Kasey Kahne Notes
· Greg Biffle Notes
· Carl Edwards Notes
· Kurt Busch Notes
· Ryan Newman Notes
· Casey Mears Notes
· Brian Vickers Notes
· Jamie McMurray Notes
· Scott Riggs Notes
· Clint Bowyer Notes
· Elliott Sadler Notes
· Reed Sorenson Notes
· Robby Gordon Notes
· Bobby Labonte Notes
· Dale Jarrett Notes
· Jeff Green Notes
· J.J. Yeley Notes
· Dave Blaney Notes
· Joe Nemechek Notes
· Kyle Petty Notes
· Sterling Marlin Notes
· David Stremme Notes
· Michael Waltrip Notes

Kurt Busch Roars to California Pole Position
Kurt Busch won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole for the SONY HD 500, lapping California Speedway in 39.016 seconds, at an average speed of 184.540 mph. He fell well short of his younger brother Kyle Busch’s track-qualifying record of 38.248 seconds, at an average of 188.245 mph, set Feb. 26, 2005. This is Kurt’s eighth career Bud Pole in 209 NEXTEL Cup Series races. This is his series leading fifth Bud Pole and 18th top-10 start in 2006 – both more than any other driver. Busch won his second Bud Pole in a row at California Speedway, becoming the first repeat pole winner in 13 races at the two-mile Fontana track. After winning last week’s pole at Bristol, this is Busch’s second consecutive top starting spot and third in the last four races. Brian Vickers posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 39.120 seconds, at an average speed of 184.049 mph, to start on the outside of the front row for the race on Sunday, his third front row start here. Clint Bowyer qualified third, posting his first top-10 start in his second race at California. He started 32nd and finished 14th here in February. Scott Riggs will start fourth, his fourth top-10 start in four of his six races at California and has not started worse than 14th here. Rookie Martin Truex Jr. rounds out the top five on the starting grid, posting his career-best qualifying effort, bettering his previous best of eighth, which he posted at Atlanta in October 2005. Five of the 13 drivers still vying for a place in the Chase to the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup qualified in the top 10 and four others are in the top 20. Mark Martin (38th) posted the worst starting position of the drivers still eligible for the final 10-race Chase. Ford did not post a top-10 start for the fourth time this season – all in the past six races. A Ford driver has won two of those six races and finished second in two others.


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