Long Pond, PA (Sports Network) - Kasey Kahne fortified his hopes of making the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship after winning Sunday's 400-mile race at Pocono Raceway.
Kahne claimed his second win of the season after he passed his Hendrick Motorsports teammate, Jeff Gordon, on a restart with just two laps to go. He crossed the finish line 1.4 seconds ahead of Gordon, who celebrated his 42nd birthday and was the defending race winner.
Gordon has yet to win a race this season. He grabbed the lead from Kahne after a restart with eight laps remaining.
Kahne earned his 16th career Sprint Cup victory. His first win this season came in March at Bristol.
Kurt Busch, who turned 35 years old on Sunday as well, finished third, while Ryan Newman, last weekend's race winner at Indianapolis, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. rounded out the top-five. Brad Keselowski, the defending Sprint Cup champion, placed sixth.
Jimmie Johnson started on the pole and dominated the first half of this race by leading 43 laps, but Johnson cut his right-front tire and slapped the wall on lap 76. The five-time series champion and current points leader made numerous pit stops for repairs and then rebounded nicely for a 13th-place finish. He had won at Pocono in June.
Kahne took command of the race after Johnson's incident, leading the most laps with 66.
Five races remain before the Chase begins.