Nextel Cup rookie Kasey Kahne, who was making his first start in the NASCAR's Craftsman Truck Series, won the first night race with the first green-white-checkered finish at the sport's oldest superspeedway.
"It feels pretty awesome to win a race," said
Kahne, a five-time runner-up in the Cup series. "This is about the coolest track
you can go to. It was awesome to race under the lights here."
Kahne won thanks to what may have been the first father-son crash on the final restart.
Points leader Bobby Hamilton Sr., running third, spun out his son, Bobby Hamilton Jr., who was running second on the green-white-checkered restart. That froze the field, and Kahne took the checkered flag ahead of Hamilton Sr. under caution.
Musgrave was much more complimentary of the lights, which track officials hope will boost attendance in future Cup races and help save the track that lost one Cup weekend in 2005
Three of the night's nine cautions were out by the 33rd lap. Tire wear on the circuit's roughest surface led to several crashes, including one by pole-sitter Carl Edwards, who blew a tire on lap 92.
Kahne was the only driver who started on the first two rows to avoid at least a spinout. He had several close scrapes with the wall en route to an 11th-place finish in the Busch race.