Kahne joins the club, wins at Richmond

Saturday, May 14, 2005 – A runner-up six times in his NASCAR premier series career, Kasey Kahne finally broke through to score his first victory, capturing the Chevy American Revolution 400 at Richmond International Raceway. For Kahne, who was driving the No. 9 Dodge for team owner Ray Evernham, career win No. 1 came in his 47th start in the series.

Kahne led a race high 242 of the 400-lap race, including the final 106.

To secure the win, Kahne had to hold off a hard-charging Tony Stewart; Ryan Newman, Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick completed the top five.

Kahne became the 167th driver to win at NASCAR’s top level.

The victory was the first for the Dodge Charger, which replaced the Dodge Intrepid (2001-04).

Track officials announced a 27th consecutive sellout, continuing a streak that began in 1992.

Clock strikes midnight for Wallace

Sunday, April 18, 2004 – Former series champion Rusty Wallace snapped a 105-race winless streak with a victory in the Advance Auto Parts 500 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. Wallace, driving for team owner Roger Penske, led the final 45 laps. It was career win No. 55 for the St. Louis native.

The win was the final victory in NASCAR’s premier series for Wallace. He posted eight top-five finishes the following year, including a runner-up at Pocono, before retiring at the end of the ’05 season.

The victory was the only win for Wallace in a Dodge. Previous wins had come in Pontiac and Ford entries.

The race took nearly 5 hours to complete due to a piece of concrete coming up from the track in Turn 3. The piece struck the No. 24 of Jeff Gordon while the field was under caution and resulted in a delay of more than one hour while repairs to the racing surface were completed.