Kasey Kahne snapped a two-year winless streak by taking the Kobalt Tools 500 yesterday Phoenix International Raceway, where Carl Edwards and Tony Stewart maintained their very tight points battle for the Sprint Cup Series championship.
Edwards' second-place finish Sunday coupled with a third-place run for Stewart allowed Edwards to keep his three-point lead over Stewart heading into next weekend's season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Kahne beat Edwards to the finish line by eight-tenths of a second for his 12th career Sprint Cup win. Jeff Burton and Stewart's teammate, Ryan Newman, completed the top-five.
Edwards and Stewart are the only drivers who remain mathematically eligible for the series championship. Jimmie Johnson's bid for a sixth straight title officially ended with his 14th-place finish.