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Kahne bolsters Chase chances

Updated: September 7, 2009, 1:48 AM ET
By Ed Hinton | ESPN.com

HAMPTON, Ga. -- Kasey Kahne came into Atlanta Motor Speedway looking vulnerable to drop out of the top 12 in Sprint Cup points and miss the Chase.

He left with a runaway win at the end and leapt five spots in the standings, to sixth, bolstering his shot at NASCAR's playoffs for the otherwise struggling Richard Petty Motorsports. Kahne, who'd been faltering in recent weeks, fell to 11th last week with a dismal 28th-place finish in Bristol, Tenn.

Kahne took the lead just after the ...

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