Kenseth wins rain delayed race in Kentucky

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Win #3 for Matt Kenseth in 2013

Win #3 for Matt Kenseth in 2013

Matt Kenseth has collected his fourth win of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with victory at the postponed Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway.

After rain postponed Saturday night’s race through to midday Sunday, Kenseth saw off all challengers, including Jimmie Johnson who had dominated the race before a spin, to collect his 28th career win.

Kenseth praised his team for the results.

“I don’t even know what to say. Thank you, guys. This is unbelievable. Thank you so much,” he said. “Great job. It was a team effort. You guys make me look so good every week. I couldn’t be any happier and prouder to be a part of this.”

Runner-up Jamie McMurray was closing on Kenseth in the final laps but ran out of time. Clint Bowyer ran third, followed by Joey Logano and Kyle Busch. Johnson, the series leader, rallied to finish ninth.

Denny Hamlin blew a right front tyre for the second time in the race on Lap 147 and rocketed into the outside wall near the exit of Turn 4. The impact recalled the wreck in late March that had caused a compression fracture of Hamlin’s first lumbar vertebra and forced him to the sidelines for four Cup races.

Despite the big impact Hamlin said his back was OK.

“My back feels good — really good, I’d say,” said Hamlin.

“It feels the same as it did this morning. Really, that was the least of the concerns after this hit.”

Another big accident occurred when Kurt Busch tagged Brad Keselowski and slid into the path of Greg Biffle, Paul Menard, Dave Blaney, Travis Kvapil and Landon Cassill.

“The track just threw me right back into him,” Busch radioed in. “It was all my fault.”

Australia’s Marcos Ambrose avoided all the on-track dramas and even took a gamble to take fuel only and at his final stop.

Re-starting 10th, he moved to sixth but was passed by others on fresher tyres and the Tasmanian finished in 13th place.

“We were in position at the end of the race, but some of those other guys had new tyres and just got us,” said Ambrose.

“This finish is a lot better result than what we’ve had at the mile-and-a-half tracks in a little while. It’s not a win, a top-five or top-10, but we were close for any of those results.

“We were in position today and we’ll keep working to get good results.”

VIDEO: Kurt Bush triggers big wreck

 

RESULTS: Quaker State 400 – Kentucky Speedway

POS

Driver 

Car # 

Make

Start

Laps

Laps Led 

Final Status

Points/Bonus

1

Matt Kenseth 20 Toyota 16 267 38 Running 47/4

2

Jamie McMurray 1 Chevrolet 23 267 0 Running 42/0

3

Clint Bowyer 15 Toyota 15 267 0 Running 41/0

4

Joey Logano 22 Ford 11 267 0 Running 40/0

5

Kyle Busch 18 Toyota 4 267 0 Running 39/0

6

Kurt Busch 78 Chevrolet 27 267 0 Running 38/0

7

Martin Truex Jr 56 Toyota 19 267 0 Running 37/0

8

Jeff Gordon 24 Chevrolet 12 267 0 Running 36/0

9

Jimmie Johnson 48 Chevrolet 3 267 182 Running 37/2

10

Kevin Harvick 29 Chevrolet 22 267 0 Running 34/0

11

Kasey Kahne 5 Chevrolet 21 267 0 Running 33/0

12

Dale Earnhardt Jr 88 Chevrolet 1 267 10 Running 33/1

13

Marcos Ambrose 9 Ford 5 267 0 Running 31/0

14

Ryan Newman 39 Chevrolet 7 267 0 Running 30/0

15

Aric Almirola 43 Ford 18 267 0 Running 29/0

16

Juan Pablo Montoya 42 Chevrolet 10 267 0 Running 28/0

17

Ricky Stenhouse Jr 17 Ford 13 267 0 Running 27/0

18

Casey Mears 13 Ford 31 267 1 Running 27/1

19

Jeff Burton 31 Chevrolet 14 267 0 Running 25/0

20

Tony Stewart 14 Chevrolet 25 267 0 Running 24/0

21

Carl Edwards 99 Ford 2 267 35 Running 24/1

22

AJ Allmendinger 47 Toyota 17 267 0 Running 22/0

23

Danica Patrick 10 Chevrolet 29 267 0 Running 21/0

24

Austin Dillon 51 Chevrolet 26 267 0 Running 0/0

25

David Stremme 30 Toyota 28 267 0 Running 19/0

26

David Ragan 34 Ford 38 265 0 Running 18/0

27

David Reutimann 83 Toyota 36 263 0 Running 17/0

28

David Gilliland 38 Ford 34 262 1 Running 17/1

29

Ken Schrader 32 Ford 42 262 0 Running 15/0

30

Paul Menard 27 Chevrolet 24 259 0 Running 14/0

31

Brian Vickers 55 Toyota 9 240 0 Accident 0/0

32

J.J. Yeley 36 Chevrolet 35 165 0 Engine 12/0

33

Brad Keselowski 2 Ford 8 153 0 Running 11/0

34

Greg Biffle 16 Ford 20 151 0 Running 10/0

35

Denny Hamlin 11 Toyota 6 147 0 Accident 9/0

36

Landon Cassill 33 Chevrolet 30 104 0 Accident 0/0

37

Joe Nemechek 87 Toyota 41 95 0 Vibration 0/0

38

Michael McDowell 98 Ford 33 84 0 Electrical 6/0

39

Josh Wise 35 Ford 37 77 0 Electrical 0/0

40

Dave Blaney 7 Chevrolet 32 62 0 Accident 4/0

41

Mike Bliss 19 Toyota 39 57 0 Vibration 0/0

42

Travis Kvapil 93 Toyota 40 47 0 Accident 2/0

43

Scott Riggs 44 Ford 43 6 0 Transmission 0/0

 

STANDINGS

Rank

Driver

Car # 

Points

Behind

Wins

Starts

Top 5 

Top 10 

DNF

1

Jimmie Johnson 48 610 0 3 17 7 11 0

2

Carl Edwards 99 572 38 1 17 6 9 0

3

Clint Bowyer 15 569 41 0 17 6 10 1

4

Kevin Harvick 29 544 66 2 17 4 9 2

5

Matt Kenseth 20 528 82 4 17 4 9 3

6

Dale Earnhardt Jr 88 512 98 0 17 4 9 2

7

Kyle Busch 18 500 110 2 17 8 10 3

8

Martin Truex Jr 56 490 120 1 17 4 8 1

9

Greg Biffle 16 489 121 1 17 3 7 0

10

Joey Logano 22 479 131 0 17 5 8 2

11

Kasey Kahne 5 478 132 1 17 5 7 2

12

Jeff Gordon 24 477 133 0 17 4 6 4

13

Brad Keselowski 2 465 145 0 17 5 8 1

14

Kurt Busch 78 463 147 0 17 4 7 2

15

Paul Menard 27 459 151 0 17 0 4 0

16

Tony Stewart 14 457 153 1 17 3 5 0

17

Aric Almirola 43 457 153 0 17 0 4 2

18

Ryan Newman 39 448 162 0 17 2 7 4

19

Jamie McMurray 1 437 173 0 17 1 4 0

20

Ricky Stenhouse Jr 17 433 177 0 17 0 0 0

21

Jeff Burton 31 428 182 0 17 1 3 1

22

Marcos Ambrose 9 411 199 0 17 0 3 1

23

Juan Pablo Montoya 42 399 211 0 17 2 3 0

24

Casey Mears 13 360 250 0 17 0 0 2

25

Denny Hamlin 11 329 281 0 13 3 4 3

26

Mark Martin 314 296 0 13 1 4 1

27

Danica Patrick 10 313 297 0 17 0 1 2

28

David Gilliland 38 298 312 0 17 1 1 3

29

David Ragan 34 294 316 1 17 1 1 3

30

Bobby Labonte 257 353 0 16 0 0 4

31

Dave Blaney 7 249 361 0 16 0 0 4

32

David Reutimann 83 249 361 0 17 0 0 4

33

David Stremme 30 236 374 0 16 0 0 2

34

J.J. Yeley 36 225 385 0 17 0 1 6

35

Travis Kvapil 93 207 403 0 17 0 0 6

36

AJ Allmendinger 47 180 430 0 7 0 0 0

37

Michael McDowell 98 89 521 0 15 0 1 13

38

Timmy Hill 80 530 0 8 0 0 1

39

Scott Speed 75 535 0 8 0 1 6

40

Michael Waltrip 63 547 0 2 1 1 0

41

Ken Schrader 32 54 556 0 5 0 0 1

42

Terry Labonte 52 558 0 3 0 0 1

43

Boris Said 26 584 0 1 0 0 0

44

Ron Fellows 22 588 0 1 0 0 0

45

Justin Marks 14 596 0 1 0 0 0

46

Scott Riggs 44 10 600 0 6 0 0 6

47

Victor Gonzalez Jr 7 603 0 1 0 0 0

48

Tomy Drissi 6 604 0 1 0 0 0

49

Brian Keselowski 4 606 0 1 0 0 1

50

Alex Kennedy 4 606 0 1 0 0 1

51

Jacques Villeneuve 3 607 0 1 0 0 1

52

Jason Leffler 1 609 0 1 0 0 1

53

Regan Smith 0 610 0 6 0 2 0

54

Brian Vickers 55 0 610 0 7 0 2 2

55

Austin Dillon 51 0 610 0 6 0 0 0

56

Trevor Bayne 0 610 0 6 0 0 1

57

Josh Wise 35 0 610 0 17 0 0 5

58

Landon Cassill 33 0 610 0 14 0 0 4

59

Joe Nemechek 87 0 610 0 15 0 0 6

60

Sam Hornish Jr 0 610 0 1 0 0 1

61

Paulie Harraka 0 610 0 1 0 0 0

62

Elliott Sadler 0 610 0 1 0 0 1

63

Mike Bliss 19 0 610 0 10 0 0 10


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