NASCAR veteran Kasey Kahne came out of nowhere to maneuver through a hectic finish and win the Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway on Friday night.
Kahne made a nice move to emerge from eighth place through a tight pack on a re-start to lead only one lap — but the only lap that mattered in the Nationwide Series event.
Regan Smith had held the lead through two caution flags and a couple accidents but wound up second behind Kahne, a J.R. Motorsports teammate, by 0.021 seconds.
On Lap 99, a wreck involving four cars created a two-lap sprint to the checkered flag.
“Everything I did tonight was wrong,” Kahne said. “But I was able to get by...