Sadler holds of Kahne to win Samsung/Radio Shack 500

Published 12:00 am Monday, April 5, 2004

FORT WORTH, Texas - Elliott Sadler took advantage of another hard-luck moment for Jeff Gordon in Texas, then barely held off rookie Kasey Kahne in an exciting finish Sunday.

Sadler's victory in the Samsung/Radio Shack 500 - his second career NASCAR Nextel Cup win - came by two-hundredths of a second over Kahne, the rookie who has three runner-up finishes and a third-place showing in seven races for Ray Evernham.

''It's unbelievable,'' said Sadler, in his second season for Robert Yates Racing. ''I've always had a good knack for this track, so a good win is just very, very special.''

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Sadler and Kahne were racing alone at the front of the field, with the rookie trying to get back in the lead for the seventh time. He led 148 laps, but not the one that mattered.

Sadler led by a half-second with 10 laps left, but Kahne kept trimming the space between the two cars. He tried to go high several times in the corners, but never could get back in front.

Coming out of the last turn, Kahne made one last push and had his left front panel just alongside the rear of Sadler's Ford as they crossed the finish line around the lapped car of Johnny Sauter. It was the eighth-closest finish in Cup history.

''To run second by that much is a little bit disappointing,'' Kahne said.