Kasey Kahne won Saturday night's Sprint All-Star Race after being voted

in through a fan vote. Kahne failed to finish in one of the two transfer

spots in a last-chance race for drivers who otherwise didn't qualify for the

big race, but he received an overwhelming vote from the fans to get a

starting slot at the rear of the field.

Kahne made the best of his chance, racing his way through the field in

four 25-lap segments and taking the lead on the 84th lap when Denny Hamlin's

No. 11 lost power.

He had put himself in position by not taking tires on the final pit

stop. Greg Biffle, who had been leading took on two tires, but was mired

back in the field on the restart, and was never able to catch Kahne's No. 9

Budweiser Dodge.

"We took our time, got in the right place and made the right call with

no tires there at the end," said Kahne. "I didn't think we needed them. The

car was exceptional. I just wanted to be sure I didn't make any stupid

mistakes and lose the race."

At the end, it was Kahne, Biffle, Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson and Tony

Stewart in the top five spots. Stewart raced from the rear to fifth after an

engine change during practice forced him to start in the back.

Ryan Newman was sixth, just ahead of teammate and rookie Sam Hornish,

Jr., who raced his way into the All-Star field by finishing second in the

showdown earlier. He finished just ahead of Dale Earnhardt, Jr., whose car

lost its grip in the final segment.

Trailing Earnhardt in ninth place was veteran Mark Martin, followed by

Carl Edwards.

Kyle Busch took off like a jack rabbit at the start and put plenty of

distance between his No. 18 Toyota and the rest of the field, but a broken

rocker arm in his engine forced him out.

AJ Allmendinger and Sam Hornish, Jr., raced their way into the All-Star

race by finishing one-two in a twin, 20-lap, last-chance,

throw-caution-to-the-win preliminary event.

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