Kasey Kahne hadn’t won a Nationwide Series event since the summer of 2007, while his teammate rookie Ryan Sieg had failed to finish better than 9th in 19 races. Yet the pair managed to come from back in the pack (8th and 14th respectively) to capture the Subway Firecracker powered by Coca Cola at Daytona with a bang Friday. While the actual win went to Kahne, who finished just 0.021 seconds ahead of Regan Smith, he might never have made it had Seig not pressured him with only three laps remaining. In fact, it was “the 3rd closes finish in the Series at Daytona International Speedway.”
"It's been a while since I've been in any Victory Lane. It felt great," Kahne exclaimed, adding that he had he felt "kind of trapped" in mid-pack for much of the race.
"We just kind of sat there through most of the race. I was kind of at the wrong place at the wrong time. Then, the last half-lap I had tons of momentum. The cars in front of me moved in the right direction. Ryan Sieg was pushing and letting off and bumping and hitting me good and hard. I just kept getting more momentum coming to the line and that was the reason we were able to win,"
n Sieg, driving the Pull-A-Part Used Auto Parts Chevrolet for RSS Racing held on for 3rd.
n Meanwhile, Smith, who had been leading the race by 47 laps on the final start commented that he “didn’t even realize that Kahne had a run until after they were past the finish line.” At the time he was too preoccupied trying to fend off Kyle Larson, who was “being pushed by Ryan Reed.” Smith’s assist came from teammate Joey Logano, who managed to finish 6th after fighting back from a race speed penalty early on.
"It's amazing at the end of these races," continued Smith. "We hit each other all race long and every time somebody touches you in the middle of the corner it's 'Oh, man, don't do that.' It feels like the car is dancing around. Then we get out there at the end and we just blast the back bumpers off each other and somehow make it back to the stripe."