Matt Kenseth celebrates with big birthday win at Las Vegas

Matt Kenseth celebrates Las Vegas win in style

Matt Kenseth celebrates Las Vegas win in style

Matt Kenseth celebrated his 41st birthday with his first win for Joe Gibbs Racing in the Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas.

In what came down to a dogfight with Kasey Kahne over the last 20 laps, Kenseth prevailed as lapped traffic became an ever present danger.

Defending Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski overhauled Kyle Busch to claim third place after the pair were pitched in a fierce battle

After 13 seasons driving for Ford, the Toyota driver Kenseth kept his nerve as he screamed at his spotter to order the lapped traffic out of his way in the closing laps.

Behind Busch, came Carl Edwards in fourth ahead of Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt jr, Martin Truex jr, Kevin Harvick and Paul Menard claiming 10th position.

“I was kind of bummed out at being 29 but seeing it came with a win I’ll take it,” Kenseth joked afterwards by becoming only the fourth driver to win a Sprint Cup race on his birthday.

During the fourth yellow period of the race with just over 40 of the 267 laps to go, Kenseth took the lead for the second time in the race.

Kenseth led on the messy restart with 18 cars on the same lap as the Joe Gibbs Racing driver with Brad Keselowski pushing hard for the lead.

Another caution came out with 32 laps to go with Ryan Newman buzzing his engine after a missed gear change, laying a trail of oil on the track.

Kasey Kahne took advantage of the restart spearing into second behind Kenseth with Kyle Busch, looking for his first decent result of the season moving into third position.

But Busch could not shake off the advances of Keselowski, who after a couple of tense moments, managed to scramble to third and continue his slick form from Daytona and Phoenix.

Here is the run to the finish in Las Vegas

RESULTS: Kobalt Tools 400 – Las Vegas

POS  Driver  Car #  Make Final Status Points/Bonus
1 Matt Kenseth 20 Toyota Running 47/4
2 Kasey Kahne 5 Chevrolet Running 44/2
3 Brad Keselowski 2 Ford Running 42/1
4 Kyle Busch 18 Toyota Running 41/1
5 Carl Edwards 99 Ford Running 39/0
6 Jimmie Johnson 48 Chevrolet Running 39/1
7 Dale Earnhardt Jr 88 Chevrolet Running 37/0
8 Martin Truex Jr 56 Toyota Running 36/0
9 Kevin Harvick 29 Chevrolet Running 35/0
10 Paul Menard 27 Chevrolet Running 34/0
11 Tony Stewart 14 Chevrolet Running 33/0
12 Joey Logano 22 Ford Running 32/0
13 Jamie McMurray 1 Chevrolet Running 32/1
14 Mark Martin 55 Toyota Running 30/0
15 Denny Hamlin 11 Toyota Running 30/1
16 Aric Almirola 43 Ford Running 28/0
17 Greg Biffle 16 Ford Running 27/0
18 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 17 Ford Running 27/1
19 Juan Pablo Montoya 42 Chevrolet Running 25/0
20 Kurt Busch 78 Chevrolet Running 24/0
21 Austin Dillon 51 Chevrolet Running 0/0
22 Marcos Ambrose 9 Ford Running 22/0
23 Trevor Bayne 21 Ford Running 0/0
24 Dave Blaney 7 Chevrolet Running 20/0
25 Jeff Gordon 24 Chevrolet Running 19/0
26 Jeff Burton 31 Chevrolet Running 18/0
27 Clint Bowyer 15 Toyota Running 17/0
28 David Gilliland 38 Ford Running 16/0
29 Casey Mears 13 Ford Running 15/0
30 Bobby Labonte 47 Toyota Running 14/0
31 David Ragan 34 Ford Running 13/0
32 David Stremme 30 Toyota Running 12/0
33 Danica Patrick 10 Chevrolet Running 11/0
34 David Reutimann 83 Toyota Running 10/0
35 Josh Wise 35 Ford Running 0/0
36 J.J. Yeley 36 Chevrolet Running 8/0
37 Ken Schrader 32 Ford Running 7/0
38 Ryan Newman 39 Chevrolet Engine 6/0
39 Travis Kvapil 93 Toyota Engine 5/0
40 Joe Nemechek 87 Toyota Running 0/0
41 Scott Speed 95 Ford Transmission 3/0
42 Landon Cassill 33 Chevrolet Vibration 2/0
43 Michael McDowell 98 Ford Vibration 1/0

 

SPRINT CUP STANDINGS

Rank

Driver

Car # 

Points

Wins

Starts

Top 5 

Top 10 

DNF

1

Jimmie Johnson 48 129 1 3 2 3 0

2

Brad Keselowski 2 -5 0 3 3 3 0

3

Dale Earnhardt Jr 88 -10 0 3 2 3 0

4

Denny Hamlin 11 -27 0 3 1 1 0

5

Carl Edwards 99 -31 1 3 2 2 0

6

Mark Martin 55 -34 0 3 1 1 0

7

Matt Kenseth 20 -36 1 3 1 2 1

8

Greg Biffle 16 -36 0 3 0 1 0

9

Clint Bowyer 15 -40 0 3 0 1 0

10

Aric Almirola 43 -41 0 3 0 0 0

11

Ricky Stenhouse Jr 17 -42 0 3 0 0 0

12

Paul Menard 27 -47 0 3 0 1 0

13

Jeff Gordon 24 -50 0 3 0 1 0

14

Kasey Kahne 5 -52 0 3 1 1 0

15

Joey Logano 22 -53 0 3 0 0 0

16

Marcos Ambrose 9 -55 0 3 0 0 0

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