Kenseth wins at Kansas

Matt Kenseth celebrates at Kansas

Matt Kenseth celebrates at Kansas

Matt Kenseth has turned his track record pole time to victory at the STP 400 at Kansas Speedway.

In a repeat of the Las Vegas race, Kenseth had to hold-off a fast-finishing Kasey Kahne to give the Toyota driver consecutive race wins at the track.

In a sport where pole position doesn’t always convert into race wins, Kenseth made it the third-straight pole winner this season to go to victory lane. The last time this occurred was back in 1985.

The win was the 26th career victory for the Joe Gibbs Racing driver.

“It’s a dream come true to drive this stuff,” said Kenseth.

“These guys are contenders; they’re an awesome race team. I’m glad to be wheeling this thing.”

While Kenseth got the win, the rest of his JGR team had a rough day, along with powerhouse Penske Racing. Both suffered multiple crashes, including a memorable one involving both teams.

The trouble started on lap 5 when Kyle Busch spun on the backstretch. He avoided damage in the incident, but the Penske Ford of Keselowski got rammed by another car while trying to slow down. After two pit stops under yellow, the defending series champion fell a lap down. Keselowski later rebounded, though, running as high as second as his team took advantage of wise strategy plays and an opportune caution flag.

The trouble wasn’t over for Busch who on lap 104 spun and was collected by Joey Logano leaving both cars out of the race.

Marcos Ambrose was eyeing a top-10 finish, but as the conditions heated up his Ford didn’t respond and he even spun, causing contact with Sam Hornish Jr. and Casey Mears. The Australian finished 20th and is 19th in the standings.

“I’m just disappointed,” said Ambrose.

“We had a good car and were running around the top-10 all day and when the sun came out it changed. I didn’t expect it and spun out off of two and got some damage.

“We were able to stay on the lead laps, but that’s not the day we wanted.”

Video of the Ambrose incident

 

Video of Kyle Busch and Joey Logano accident


 

Result: STP 400

Pos Driver Car/Engine Laps
1 Matt Kenseth Toyota 267
2 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 267
3 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 267
4 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 267
5 Clint Bowyer Toyota 267
6 Brad Keselowski Ford 267
7 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 267
8 Aric Almirola Ford 267
9 Mark Martin Toyota 267
10 Paul Menard Chevrolet 267
11 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 267
12 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 267
13 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 267
14 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 267
15 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 267
16 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 267
17 Carl Edwards Ford 267
18 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 267
19 Greg Biffle Ford 267
20 Marcos Ambrose Ford 267
21 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 266
22 Regan Smith Chevrolet 266
23 David Gilliland Ford 266
24 Bobby Labonte Toyota 266
25 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 265
26 Josh Wise Ford 265
27 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet 264
28 David Reutimann Toyota 263
29 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 263
30 David Ragan Ford 262
31 Brian Vickers Toyota 257
32 David Stremme Toyota 256
33 Timmy Hill Ford 242
34 Casey Mears Ford 216
35 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 210
36 Travis Kvapil Toyota 209
37 Sam Hornish Jr. Ford 181
38 Kyle Busch Toyota 102
39 Joey Logano Ford 102
40 Elliott Sadler Toyota 85
41 Mike Bliss Toyota 65
42 Michael McDowell Ford 43
43 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 36

Points after 7 of 36 rounds

 

Pos Driver Points
1 Jimmie Johnson 311
2 Kasey Kahne 274
3 Brad Keselowski 273
4 Greg Biffle 265
5 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 263
6 Carl Edwards 262
7 Kyle Busch 257
8 Matt Kenseth 252
9 Clint Bowyer 247
10 Paul Menard 240
11 Jamie McMurray 227
12 Kevin Harvick 224
13 Aric Almirola 222
14 Martin Truex Jr. 210
15 Jeff Gordon 202
16 Mark Martin 201
17 Ryan Newman 200
18 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 196
19 Marcos Ambrose 193
20 Joey Logano 184
21 Kurt Busch 182
22 Tony Stewart 181
23 Jeff Burton 178
24 Casey Mears 169
25 Danica Patrick 154
26 Denny Hamlin 145
27 Juan Pablo Montoya 142
28 Bobby Labonte 127
29 Dave Blaney 124
30 J.J. Yeley 123
31 David Ragan 121
32 David Reutimann 116
33 David Gilliland 114
34 David Stremme 101
35 Travis Kvapil 93
36 A.J. Allmendinger 92
37 Landon Cassill 75
38 Michael McDowell 44
39 Terry Labonte 37
40 Scott Speed 35
41 Ken Schrader 29
42 Timmy Hill 24
43 Michael Waltrip 23
44 Scott Riggs 6

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