Kansas Goes to Kenseth

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Another dominant performance by a driver left that driver in victory lane at the end of the day. In the last few races it has been guys like Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch, but today it was Matt Kenseth. Kenseth dominated the race and he held of Kasey Kahne for the victory. At Las Vegas earlier this season, Kenseth won the race by holding off Kahne and that’s what he did again today.

Kenseth started on top and he ended on top. He won the pole and started the race by leading for a long period of time. While he was leading, his teammates were having some difficulties. Kyle Busch brought out the first caution when he spun off of turn 2 and the fourth caution of the day was brought out by Elliot Sadler ,who was running for JGR today, when he spun in turn 4 and backed his car into the outside wall. More JGR trouble occurred when Busch spun again, but this time in turn 4 and when he slid down the track, Joey Logano plowed into his front end. A huge impact destroyed the noses of both cars and both Busch and Logano were done for the day.

While two out of the four JGR cars were caught up in wrecks, Kenseth continued to lead and Vickers’ trouble would come later. Under the caution that collected Busch and Logano, Martin Truex Jr. stayed out to take the lead. When Truex Jr. had to pit, Jimmie Johnson went to the lead for the first time of the afternoon.

Caution number six of the day came out and it included none other than a JGR car. This time it was Brian Vickers who slid up the track in turn 2 and then hit the wall on the backstretch. He then spun down the backstretch apron and saved his car from further damage.

The largest incident of the day occurred with 86 laps to go when Sam Hornish Jr., Marcos Ambrose, and Casey Mears were involved in a wreck on the backstretch. Ambrose spun off of turn 2 and Hornish Jr. slid into him and David Gilliland hit Mears from behind which caused Mears to join the other two drivers who were spinning down the backstretch. Hornish Jr. would make further contact with the inside wall and then Mears slid into him which caused even more damage for the two of them. Other drivers who suffered damage in the wreck include Danica Patrick and Timmy Hill.

Once that mess was cleaned up, Matt Kenseth began his quest back to the front. He attempted to pass Roush Fenway teammates Carl Edwards and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. for the lead with 77 laps to go, but Stenhouse Jr. was able to zoom ahead to the lead. When Stenhouse Jr. had to pit with 56 laps to go, Kenseth passed him to assume the lead and that would be the last time the lead was exchanged during the race.

Kasey Kahne chased Kenseth down in the final ten laps, but Kenseth was able to stay in front of Kahne and just like at Las Vegas, Kenseth held of Kahne for the win. This was Kenseth’s second victory of the season and it was his second straight win at Kansas. Kenseth gives credit for his success so far this season to his new team in JGR  and in victory lane he said that it’s a “Dream come true to drive this stuff.” Today’s race solidified that fact that Kenseth is acquainted with his new team and that their goal is to win and not settle for anything less than that.

By Jason Schultz

Results via ESPN.com

POS DRIVER CAR MANUFACTURER

LAPS

MONEY

START

LED

PTS

BONUS

PENALTY

1 Matt Kenseth 20 Toyota

267

1

163

48

5

0

2 Kasey Kahne 5 Chevrolet

267

27

0

42

0

0

3 Jimmie Johnson 48 Chevrolet

267

21

9

42

1

0

4 Martin Truex Jr. 56 Toyota

267

7

46

41

1

0

5 Clint Bowyer 15 Toyota

267

10

0

39

0

0

6 Brad Keselowski 2 Ford

267

33

0

38

0

0

7 Jamie McMurray 1 Chevrolet

267

14

0

37

0

0

8 Aric Almirola 43 Ford

267

6

0

36

0

0

9 Mark Martin 55 Toyota

267

8

0

35

0

0

10 Paul Menard 27 Chevrolet

267

12

0

34

0

0

11 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 17 Ford

267

3

26

34

1

0

12 Kevin Harvick 29 Chevrolet

267

17

0

32

0

0

13 Jeff Gordon 24 Chevrolet

267

43

0

31

0

0

14 Ryan Newman 39 Chevrolet

267

9

2

31

1

0

15 Kurt Busch 78 Chevrolet

267

13

0

29

0

0

16 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 88 Chevrolet

267

23

1

29

1

0

17 Carl Edwards 99 Ford

267

2

19

28

1

0

18 Jeff Burton 31 Chevrolet

267

20

0

26

0

0

19 Greg Biffle 16 Ford

267

11

0

25

0

0

20 Marcos Ambrose 9 Ford

267

15

0

24

0

0

21 Tony Stewart 14 Chevrolet

266

18

0

23

0

0

22 Regan Smith 51 Chevrolet

266

41

0

0

0

0

23 David Gilliland 38 Ford

266

28

0

21

0

0

24 Bobby Labonte 47 Toyota

266

34

0

20

0

0

25 Danica Patrick 10 Chevrolet

265

25

0

19

0

0

26 Josh Wise 35 Ford

265

36

0

0

0

0

27 Juan Pablo Montoya 42 Chevrolet

264

19

0

17

0

0

28 David Reutimann 83 Toyota

263

31

0

16

0

0

29 Landon Cassill 33 Chevrolet

263

39

0

15

0

0

30 David Ragan 34 Ford

262

26

0

14

0

0

31 Brian Vickers 11 Toyota

257

16

0

0

0

0

32 David Stremme 30 Toyota

256

38

1

13

1

0

33 Timmy Hill 32 Ford

242

37

0

11

0

0

34 Casey Mears 13 Ford

216

30

0

10

0

0

35 J.J. Yeley 36 Chevrolet

210

40

0

9

0

0

36 Travis Kvapil 93 Toyota

209

32

0

8

0

0

37 Sam Hornish Jr. 12 Ford

181

4

0

0

0

0

38 Kyle Busch 18 Toyota

102

5

0

6

0

0

39 Joey Logano 22 Ford

102

22

0

5

0

0

40 Elliott Sadler 81 Toyota

85

24

0

0

0

0

41 Mike Bliss 19 Chevrolet

65

35

0

0

0

0

42 Michael McDowell 98 Ford

43

29

0

2

0

0

43 Dave Blaney 7 Chevrolet

36

42

0

1

0

0

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