Kenseth outlasts the rest at Pocono

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Monday 3rd August, 2015 - 8:10am

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Kenseth had enough fuel to smoke the tyres

Kenseth had enough fuel to smoke the tyres

Matt Kenseth has come from fourth place with three laps to run to win at Pocono Raceway and give Joe Gibbs Racing four wins in-a-row.

With fuel being stretched to the absolute limit, race leader Joey Logano ran out with three laps to run, Martin Truex Jr. (second place) with two laps to run, then Kyle Busch – who was going for his fourth win in a row — ran out entering the Turn 1 on the final lap!

The cagey Kenseth, who was around 15 second behind in second at that stage, passed Busch on the back stretch and came through to take his second win of the year.

“I never thought I’d ever win at Pocono, and I never thought I’d win a fuel-mile race,” Kenseth said afterward.

“With 20 to go, I knew we were a little short, so Matt started saving,” said crew chief Jason Ratcliff.

“When those guys in front of us started faltering, I was like ‘Oh my God, what do we do?’ … This has not been one of our better race tracks, and Matt did a heck of a job saving fuel and getting the win.”

Busch, who needs to be in the top 30 to qualify for the Chase for the Sprint Cup, finished 21st and still needs to bridge that gap in the coming weeks.

“I didn’t know we were that close. (Crew chief) Adam (Stevens) was just telling me to save, I thought, to not put too much pressure on the car,” said Busch.

“That’s a bummer. I wish I would have saved some more. I wish I would have known the 22 (Logano) was that far away from making it; I would saved some more. … I guess we were a little greedy. We went for broke today and came up a little bit short.”

Brad Keselowski, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Greg Biffle rounded out the top five.

A scary incident occurred on just the fourth lap of the race when Kasey Kahne spun and crashed into the narrow steel barrier that separates pit road from crewmen and other people. Kahne’s car hit helmets that were perched on the wall in AJ Allmendinger’s pit stall and sent them flying as people scattered.

The wall was heavily damaged causing a red flag for nearly 15 minutes. No one was injured.

“I saw the people and I was like, ‘Man, you guys better take off running and get out of the way,’ ” said Kahne.

A tough day for defending champion and points leader Kevin Harvick, who had his first DNF since Texas Motor Speedway in April 2014, with an engine failure.

VIDEO: Kenseth wins at Pocono

RESULTS: Windows 10 400 – Pocono Raceway

POS. CAR # DRIVER MAKE START LAPS LAPS LED FINAL STATUS POINTS BONUS POINTS
1 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 7 160 2 Running 47 4
2 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 9 160 3 Running 43 1
3 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 10 160 2 Running 42 1
4 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 15 160 0 Running 40 0
5 16 Greg Biffle Ford 25 160 2 Running 40 1
6 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 12 160 0 Running 38 0
7 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 22 160 0 Running 37 0
8 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 19 160 0 Running 36 0
9 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 5 160 0 Running 35 0
10 19 Carl Edwards Toyota 8 160 0 Running 34 0
11 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 18 160 0 Running 33 0
12 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 27 160 5 Running 33 1
13 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 4 160 0 Running 31 0
14 40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 29 160 0 Running 0 0
15 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 17 160 0 Running 29 0
16 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 20 160 5 Running 29 1
17 55 David Ragan Toyota 24 160 1 Running 28 1
18 43 Aric Almirola Ford 21 160 0 Running 26 0
19 78 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet 13 160 6 Running 26 1
20 22 Joey Logano Ford 3 160 97 Running 26 2
21 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 1 159 19 Running 24 1
22 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 11 159 2 Running 23 1
23 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 14 159 0 Running 21 0
24 51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 31 159 0 Running 20 0
25 7 Alex Bowman Chevrolet 28 159 0 Running 19 0
26 46 Michael Annett Chevrolet 39 159 0 Running 18 0
27 35 Cole Whitt Ford 33 159 0 Running 17 0
28 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet 26 159 0 Running 16 0
29 83 Matt DiBenedetto Toyota 36 159 0 Running 15 0
30 23 J.J. Yeley Toyota 35 159 0 Running 0 0
31 34 Brett Moffitt Ford 32 158 0 Running 13 0
32 32 Travis Kvapil Ford 40 158 0 Running 0 0
33 38 David Gilliland Ford 37 158 0 Running 11 0
34 98 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 41 157 0 Running 10 0
35 26 Jeb Burton Toyota 38 157 0 Running 9 0
36 62 Timmy Hill Ford 43 156 0 Running 0 0
37 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 6 150 13 Running 8 1
38 33 Alex Kennedy Chevrolet 42 126 0 Running 6 0
39 9 Sam Hornish Jr Ford 30 123 0 Running 5 0
40 6 Trevor Bayne Ford 23 91 0 Overheating 4 0
41 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 34 27 0 Accident 3 0
42 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 2 20 3 Engine 3 1
43 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 16 3 0 Accident 1 0

 

STANDINGS

POS DRIVER POINTS BEHIND STARTS WINS TOP 5 TOP 10 DNF
1 Kevin Harvick 780 Leader 21 2 14 18 1
2 Joey Logano 734 -46 21 1 12 15 0
3 Dale Earnhardt Jr 717 -63 21 2 11 13 1
4 Jimmie Johnson 713 -67 21 4 10 14 0
5 Martin Truex Jr 694 -86 21 1 6 15 2
6 Brad Keselowski 681 -99 21 1 5 13 1
7 Matt Kenseth 662 -118 21 2 7 13 1
8 Jamie McMurray 631 -149 21 0 2 7 1
9 Kurt Busch 620 -160 18 2 7 12 0
10 Jeff Gordon 617 -163 21 0 3 12 1
11 Denny Hamlin 614 -166 21 1 6 9 1
12 Paul Menard 591 -189 21 0 2 4 1
13 Ryan Newman 584 -196 21 0 4 10 1
14 Clint Bowyer 574 -206 21 0 1 8 0
15 Kasey Kahne 559 -221 21 0 2 6 2
16 Carl Edwards 553 -227 21 1 2 5 2
17 Aric Almirola 534 -246 21 0 1 1 1
18 Greg Biffle 502 -278 21 0 2 3 0
19 Kyle Larson 485 -295 20 0 1 6 3
20 Austin Dillon 484 -296 21 0 0 3 2
21 Casey Mears 467 -313 21 0 0 1 2
22 Danica Patrick 462 -318 21 0 0 2 1
23 AJ Allmendinger 460 -320 21 0 0 3 3
24 David Ragan 440 -340 21 0 1 1 2
25 Tony Stewart 417 -363 21 0 0 2 3
26 Sam Hornish Jr 390 -390 21 0 0 2 2
27 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 383 -397 21 0 1 1 2
28 Trevor Bayne 370 -410 21 0 0 2 3
29 Justin Allgaier 337 -443 21 0 0 1 3
30 David Gilliland 331 -449 21 0 0 0 2
31 Cole Whitt 331 -449 21 0 0 0 1
32 Kyle Busch 318 -462 10 4 4 5 2
33 Brett Moffitt 279 -501 18 0 0 1 0
34 Alex Bowman 264 -516 20 0 0 0 3
35 Michael Annett 248 -532 21 0 0 0 1
36 Matt DiBenedetto 220 -560 18 0 0 0 1
37 Josh Wise 186 -594 17 0 0 1 4
38 Michael McDowell 124 -656 9 0 0 0 0
39 Jeb Burton 120 -660 16 0 0 0 3
40 Alex Kennedy 77 -703 9 0 0 0 0
41 Reed Sorenson 41 -739 4 0 0 0 0
42 Bobby Labonte 39 -741 3 0 0 0 1
43 Brian Vickers 32 -748 2 0 0 0 0
44 Michael Waltrip 26 -754 2 0 0 0 0
45 Mike Wallace 8 -772 1 0 0 0 0
46 Eddie MacDonald 7 -773 1 0 0 0 0
47 Will Kimmel III 6 -774 1 0 0 0 0
48 Ron Hornaday Jr 2 -778 1 0 0 0 1
49 Ryan Blaney 0 -780 8 0 1 1 3
50 Landon Cassill 0 -780 21 0 0 0 4
51 Brian Scott 0 -780 6 0 0 0 3
52 Ty Dillon 0 -780 4 0 0 0 0
53 J.J. Yeley 0 -780 20 0 0 0 4
54 Regan Smith 0 -780 4 0 0 0 0
55 Chase Elliott 0 -780 4 0 0 0 0
56 Matt Crafton 0 -780 1 0 0 0 0
57 Johnny Sauter 0 -780 1 0 0 0 0
58 Chris Buescher 0 -780 5 0 0 0 0
59 Boris Said 0 -780 1 0 0 0 0
60 Brendan Gaughan 0 -780 8 0 0 0 2
61 Justin Marks 0 -780 1 0 0 0 0
62 Mike Bliss 0 -780 8 0 0 0 0
63 Travis Kvapil 0 -780 2 0 0 0 0
64 Joe Nemechek 0 -780 1 0 0 0 0
65 Timmy Hill 0 -780 3 0 0 0 0
66 Joey Gase 0 -780 2 0 0 0 1
67 Derek White 0 -780 1 0 0 0 0
68 Jeff Green 0 -780 1 0 0 0 0
69 Erik Jones 0 -780 1 0 0 0 0
70 Tanner Berryhill 0 -780 0 0 0 0 0