Last night's victory by Kasey Kahne in the number 9 Dodge Charger marks the first victory for the classic name since 1977 when Neil Bonnet crossed the checkers in Ontario, California. It was also the first victory for Kahne who has settled for runner-up positions too many times. Kahne, who made his name in open-wheel sprint cars, raced another open-wheel legend, Tony Stewart, to the finish of the Richmond race. The new Charger body has been panned by some teams because of its "vacuum" nose that likes to suck up debris from the track and overheat engines.


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