Kasey Kahne technically wasn't
eligible to run NASCAR's All-Star race. That didn't stop him from
stealing the 1-million-dollar prize.
Kahne earned his berth through a popularity contest that
permitted one driver voted on by the fans to compete in the main
event. That gave Kahne a chance to run in the 100-lap shootout.
With a gamble on the final pit stop, Kahne become the first
driver ever voted in by the fans to win. He's just the third driver
in All-Star history to advance from the preliminary race and claim
the final trophy.
Kahne didn't take tires to advance his position and restart in
second place when the final 25-lap segment began. Greg Biffle, who
had led the final 11 laps of the third segment, took two tires and
was mired back in traffic on the restart.
Biffle finished second. Matt Kenseth was third and Johnson and
Tony Stewart rounded out the top five.