Kahne Reigns In The Desert

AP Auto Racing Writer

AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Kasey Kahne snapped an 81-race losing
streak by winning Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway.

Championship contenders Carl Edwards and Tony Stewart finished
second and third, and Edwards will take a three-point lead into
next weekend's season finale at Homestead.

Stewart led a race-high 160 of the 312 laps, but had to stop for
gas with 18 laps remaining. He then had to work his way back toward
the front, and passed Jeff Burton with a lap to go to finish right
behind Edwards.

It was Kahne's first victory since Atlanta in 2009, and it comes
in his next-to-last race with Red Bull Racing. He's moving to
Hendrick Motorsports next season, and Red Bull is pulling out of

Burton finished fourth and was followed by Ryan Newman.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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