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Vail's GEM team scores first major NASCAR win as Kahne takes All-Star race
Kasey Kahneís Budweiser car rips around the track in Concord, North Carolina May 17 during the NASCAR All-Star race. Kahneís team, Gillett Evernham Motorsports, is owned by Vailís Gillett family.
Photo courtesy GE Motorsports

Vail's GEM team scores first major NASCAR win as Kahne takes All-Star race

By Tom Boyd

May 18, 2008 —  Kasey Kahne did what any good NASCAR driver would do after his first victory of the year: he cracked a Budweiser and raised it up to the sky, savoring his first-place finish in the NASCAR All-Star race.

It helps, of course, that he drives the Budweiser car.

The reason this is news in little olí Vail Coloradey is that Kahne is the top racer for Gillett Evernham Motorsports, owned by the Vail-based George Gillett and family.

Can I getta yeeehaw?

Kahneís victory was all the more enhanced by the fact that he was voted into the race by popular accord. NASCAR fans are roughly 50 percent female (surprised?) and Kahne has long been had the affection of NASCARís better half. He failed to qualify for the race, but grabbed a spot in the field when fans voted him onto the track.

He then made a bold pit-stop maneuver (or lack thereof), skipping new tires in the final laps. The gamble paid off, his tires held up, and Kahne brought the Gillettís their first big-league victory as NASCAR team owners.



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