Kahne holds off Kenseth, gets Chase spot

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HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) Kasey Kahne's "downer" year received an important boost when he overcame his struggles with restarts with a big power move when he needed it the most.

Kahne charged past Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin in a two-lap shootout to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday night.

Kahne's first win of the season earned him a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

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Late-race surge at Atlanta puts Kahne in Victory Lane, and in the Chase

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