"I felt like restarting fourth, I needed to get to third, to second and to first as quickly as I possibly could," Kahne said. "I got by Jimmie and when I got to Truex, I just went around him before he could block the move, but by then, Kenseth was already gone."

Kahne, trying for his first win at Kansas, took advantage of some lapped cars to pull within a car-length with about seven laps left, only to slip backward when the traffic thinned out.

He made one last charge with two laps remaining, pulling door-to-door in Turn 4. But he couldn't make the move stick, and Kenseth pulled away over the final lap for the win.

"We had a good car, and everything worked out at the end," Kenseth said. "We were in front for the last pit stop, and that was the key."