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Brad Keselowski passes Kasey Kahne late for win at Charlotte

Nick Bromberg
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Last year's champion finally made it to victory lane this year.

After going winless for over a year, Brad Keselowski won Saturday night's Bank of America 500 at Charlotte after passing Kasey Kahne with eight laps to go and pulling away from the win.

With the win, Keselowski became the first non-Chase driver to win a Chase race since Kahne's win with Red Bull Racing in 2011. After winning the title last year, Keselowski missed the Chase this season, largely because that winless streak hurt his chances for the Wild Card.

The racing throughout Saturday evening's affair was, well, let's say a tad snooze-inducing. Clean air was once the name of the game and cars simply couldn't run side-by-side for an extended period of time.

However, when Kahne and Keselowski were together late, they produced the night's most riveting racing, even if it was just for a few brief moments.

"I love hard racing, and there are a handful of guys you can't race hard with in this deal because they freak out, Kasey's not one of them. He's an excellent driver and he ran me hard but he ran me clean and that's great racing," Keselowski said after the race in victory lane, perhaps taking a swipe at a certain driver he crashed while racing with last week.

Kahne had the lead on the race's final restart after taking two tires, and Keselowski restarted sixth with four tires. He quickly moved past Jeff Gordon and Matt Kenseth for second, and set his sights on Kahne and closed in on the Hendrick driver's bumper.

"I tried everything to keep him behind me," Kahne said. "He cleared me once and I got back by him, we just battled really hard and he did a really good job, he had a fast car at the end."

After Kahne got back by, Keselowski hung on his left rear quarterpanel entering turn one and cleared him. It was smooth sailing ahead for his 10th career Sprint Cup Series win.

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