Kenseth dominates at Michigan

Kenseth dominated from pole at Michigan

Kenseth dominated from pole at Michigan

Matt Kenseth has scored a dominant victory at the Pure Michigan 400 as the Joe Gibbs Racing domination continues.

It was his 34th career win, third of the season, third at Michigan and sixth for the team in the last eight races.

The win also came with NASCAR’s high-downforce aerodynamic package, meaning the JGR cars have been either victorious or certainly competitive no matter what track or technical package they have had to run.

All up Kenseth led 146 of the 200 laps as he did more than enough to hold off the challenges from the likes of defending champion and points leader Kevin Harvick (second) and an impressive Austin Dillon (fourth).

In Victory Lane Kenseth said that the Gibbs organisation was not getting ahead of themselves as the season heads towards the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

“It’s early to talk favouritism as there’s 16 teams that can win on any weekend,” said Kenseth.

“It’s one week at a time, but this has been a great week for the guys involved on our car. It has been a great couple of months for the whole organisation and we definitely have some momentum built.

“The guys gave us a rocket today, and really have done that the last couple of months. We just got to work hard to keep it rolling.”

As good as it was for the Gibbs team, the same couldn’t be said for the Hendrick Motorsports cars with Jimmie Johnson in particular continuing a tough run of late finishing 39th. His day included a single car spin across the grass which caused heavy damage to the front splitter.

Clint Bowyer’s hopes of making the Chase took a hit after contact with Ryan Newman. Bowyer scraped the outside wall on the backstretch before sliding to the inside retaining wall. He returned to the track at a reduced pace more than 30 laps in arrears at the finish.

VIDEO: Race re-cap

RESULTS: Pure Michigan 400 – Michigan International Speedway

POS. CAR # DRIVER MAKE START LAPS LAPS LED FINAL STATUS POINTS BONUS POINTS
1 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 1 200 146 Running 48 5
2 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 7 200 15 Running 43 1
3 78 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet 22 200 0 Running 41 0
4 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 4 200 19 Running 41 1
5 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 2 200 0 Running 39 0
6 19 Carl Edwards Toyota 3 200 5 Running 39 1
7 22 Joey Logano Ford 10 200 0 Running 37 0
8 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 17 200 0 Running 36 0
9 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 14 200 0 Running 35 0
10 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 9 200 0 Running 34 0
11 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 6 200 10 Running 34 1
12 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 24 200 0 Running 32 0
13 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 34 200 0 Running 31 0
14 43 Aric Almirola Ford 30 200 3 Running 31 1
15 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 11 200 0 Running 29 0
16 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 18 200 0 Running 28 0
17 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 21 200 1 Running 28 1
18 55 David Ragan Toyota 13 200 0 Running 26 0
19 9 Sam Hornish Jr Ford 15 200 0 Running 25 0
20 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 16 199 0 Running 24 0
21 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 5 199 0 Running 23 0
22 6 Trevor Bayne Ford 25 198 0 Running 22 0
23 16 Greg Biffle Ford 20 198 0 Running 21 0
24 21 Ryan Blaney Ford 19 198 0 Running 0 0
25 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 23 198 0 Running 19 0
26 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 27 198 0 Running 18 0
27 35 Cole Whitt Ford 35 198 0 Running 17 0
28 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 26 198 0 Running 16 0
29 51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 28 197 0 Running 15 0
30 83 Matt DiBenedetto Toyota 32 197 0 Running 14 0
31 7 Alex Bowman Chevrolet 33 197 0 Running 13 0
32 38 David Gilliland Ford 36 197 0 Running 12 0
33 26 Jeb Burton Toyota 29 197 0 Running 11 0
34 34 Brett Moffitt Ford 38 197 0 Running 10 0
35 46 Michael Annett Chevrolet 39 197 0 Running 9 0
36 40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 31 196 0 Running 0 0
37 32 Josh Wise Ford 41 196 0 Running 7 0
38 23 J.J. Yeley Toyota 37 194 0 Running 0 0
39 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 8 190 0 Running 5 0
40 33 Travis Kvapil Chevrolet 42 190 0 Running 0 0
41 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 12 164 1 Running 4 1
42 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet 40 51 0 Overheating 2 0
43 98 Timmy Hill Chevrolet 43 9 0 Parked 0 0

 

STANDINGS

POS DRIVER POINTS BEHIND STARTS WINS TOP 5 TOP 10 DNF
1 Kevin Harvick 866 Leader 23 2 16 20 1
2 Joey Logano 818 -48 23 2 13 17 0
3 Dale Earnhardt Jr 784 -82 23 2 11 14 1
4 Martin Truex Jr 755 -111 23 1 7 16 2
5 Brad Keselowski 754 -112 23 1 5 15 1
6 Jimmie Johnson 752 -114 23 4 10 15 0
7 Matt Kenseth 751 -115 23 3 9 15 1
8 Kurt Busch 683 -183 20 2 8 13 0
9 Denny Hamlin 670 -196 23 1 7 10 1
10 Jamie McMurray 663 -203 23 0 2 7 1
11 Paul Menard 654 -212 23 0 2 4 1
12 Ryan Newman 649 -217 23 0 4 11 1
13 Jeff Gordon 648 -218 23 0 3 12 1
14 Carl Edwards 628 -238 23 1 2 7 2
15 Clint Bowyer 616 -250 23 0 1 9 0
16 Aric Almirola 593 -273 23 0 1 1 1
17 Kasey Kahne 590 -276 23 0 2 6 2
18 Greg Biffle 553 -313 23 0 2 3 0
19 Kyle Larson 548 -318 22 0 1 6 3
20 Austin Dillon 533 -333 23 0 1 4 2
21 Danica Patrick 508 -358 23 0 0 2 1
22 AJ Allmendinger 497 -369 23 0 0 3 3
23 Casey Mears 495 -371 23 0 0 1 3
24 David Ragan 487 -379 23 0 1 1 2
25 Sam Hornish Jr 450 -416 23 0 0 3 2
26 Tony Stewart 441 -425 23 0 0 2 4
27 Trevor Bayne 414 -452 23 0 0 2 3
28 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 411 -455 23 0 1 1 2
29 Kyle Busch 395 -471 12 4 5 6 2
30 Justin Allgaier 377 -489 23 0 0 1 3
31 Cole Whitt 372 -494 23 0 0 0 1
32 David Gilliland 354 -512 23 0 0 0 2
33 Alex Bowman 292 -574 22 0 0 0 3
34 Brett Moffitt 289 -577 19 0 0 1 0
35 Michael Annett 270 -596 23 0 0 0 1
36 Matt DiBenedetto 252 -614 20 0 0 0 1
37 Josh Wise 193 -673 18 0 0 1 4
38 Michael McDowell 148 -718 10 0 0 0 0
39 Jeb Burton 136 -730 18 0 0 0 3
40 Alex Kennedy 93 -773 10 0 0 0 0
41 Reed Sorenson 41 -825 4 0 0 0 0
42 Bobby Labonte 39 -827 3 0 0 0 1
43 Brian Vickers 32 -834 2 0 0 0 0
44 Michael Waltrip 26 -840 2 0 0 0 0
45 Mike Wallace 8 -858 1 0 0 0 0
46 Eddie MacDonald 7 -859 1 0 0 0 0
47 Will Kimmel III 6 -860 1 0 0 0 0
48 Ron Hornaday Jr 2 -864 1 0 0 0 1
49 Ryan Blaney 0 -866 9 0 1 1 3
50 Landon Cassill 0 -866 23 0 0 0 4
51 Brian Scott 0 -866 6 0 0 0 3
52 Ty Dillon 0 -866 4 0 0 0 0
53 J.J. Yeley 0 -866 22 0 0 0 4
54 Regan Smith 0 -866 4 0 0 0 0
55 Chase Elliott 0 -866 4 0 0 0 0
56 Matt Crafton 0 -866 1 0 0 0 0
57 Johnny Sauter 0 -866 1 0 0 0 0
58 Chris Buescher 0 -866 6 0 0 0 0
59 Boris Said 0 -866 2 0 0 0 0
60 Brendan Gaughan 0 -866 8 0 0 0 2
61 Justin Marks 0 -866 1 0 0 0 0
62 Mike Bliss 0 -866 8 0 0 0 0
63 Travis Kvapil 0 -866 3 0 0 0 0
64 Joe Nemechek 0 -866 1 0 0 0 0
65 Timmy Hill 0 -866 5 0 0 0 1
66 Joey Gase 0 -866 2 0 0 0 1
67 Derek White 0 -866 1 0 0 0 0
68 Jeff Green 0 -866 1 0 0 0 0
69 Erik Jones 0 -866 1 0 0 0 0
70 Tanner Berryhill 0 -866 0 0 0 0 0
71 T.J. Bell 0 -866 0 0 0 0 0

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