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Kahne passes Sorenson, holds on for Busch victory



Published: Sat, April 16, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- Kasey Kahne got past 19-year-old rookie Reed Sorenson just before the final caution and held on the final two laps after the restart for a NASCAR Busch Series win Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway.

After starting 25th, Kahne was in the top 10 midway through the 200-lap race and finally slid under Sorenson on the backstretch on the 194th lap, less than two laps before the yellow flag flew for the ninth time.

"I just got a good run on him on the backstretch," Kahne said. "I had a great car from the start. It kept getting better and better."

It was the second Busch win in 89 races for Kahne, his first since the 2003 season finale. No other Busch winner at the 11/2-mile Texas Motor Speedway had started lower than 20th.

Kahne will start third today, when he is one of 13 drivers who also will run in the Nextel Cup race. He was the runner-up to Elliott Sadler in last year's Samsung/RadioShack 500.

Sorenson finished third in the second straight Busch race since winning at Nashville last month. With his tires wearing down, Sorenson was passed by Greg Biffle on the first lap after the final restart.

Biffle finished just three-tenths of a second behind Kahne, whose average speed of 126.737 was slowed by 37 caution laps. Biffle led the O'Reilly 300 four times for 32 laps.

Copyright 2005 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.




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