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Atlanta victory earns Kahne's spot in Chase

Posted: September 1, 2014 at 2:38 a.m.

In these photos taken in February 2014, qualifying drivers and their cars in the starting field for Sunday's NASCAR Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series auto race are shown at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. They are, from top, Kasey Kahne, Jeff Gordon, Marcos Ambrose, and Kurt Busch. (AP Photo)

In these photos taken in February 2014, qualifying drivers and their cars in the starting field for Sunday's NASCAR Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series auto race are shown at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. They are, from top, Kasey Kahne, Jeff Gordon, Marcos Ambrose, and Kurt Busch. (AP Photo)

HAMPTON, Ga. -- 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.

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