Kenseth wins at Richmond

Kenseth celebrates at Richmond

Kenseth celebrates at Richmond

Matt Kenseth will carry the momentum heading into the Chase for the Sprint Cup after scoring a dominant win at the final “regular” season race at Richmond.

Kenseth has won three of the past six races, with Richmond being his domain leading 352 of the 400 laps run.

The big moment came when he won the race off pit road with just under 25 laps to go. He then held off teammate Kyle Busch and pole-winner Joey Logano when the green flag waved with 18 to go.

“I was disappointed to see that last caution,” said Kenseth.

“I knew it was going to be tough but we were able to get the jump and get out front.”

Needing a win to get into the Chase, Aric Almirola rolled off pit road in third after the final pit stop but failed to make up ground on his way to fourth. Despite the strong run, he fell 17 points short of making the Chase.

Fan-favourite Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished fifth, while Denny Hamlin, who tore the ACL in his right knee Tuesday, placed sixth.

With his seventh-place finish, Jeff Gordon clinched a spot in the Chase, joining Clint Bowyer, Paul Menard, Jamie McMurray and Ryan Newman as winless drivers to punch their tickets for the remaining spots.

VIDEO: Kenseth dominates Richmond

RESULTS: Federated Auto Parts 400 – Richmond International Raceway

POS. CAR # DRIVER MAKE START LAPS LAPS LED FINAL STATUS POINTS BONUS PTS
1 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 2 400 352 Running 48 5
2 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 4 400 9 Running 43 1
3 22 Joey Logano Ford 1 400 25 Running 42 1
4 43 Aric Almirola Ford 24 400 0 Running 40 0
5 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 29 400 0 Running 39 0
6 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 25 400 14 Running 39 1
7 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 23 400 0 Running 37 0
8 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 3 400 0 Running 36 0
9 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 9 400 0 Running 35 0
10 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 26 400 0 Running 34 0
11 19 Carl Edwards Toyota 7 400 0 Running 33 0
12 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 11 400 0 Running 32 0
13 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 31 399 0 Running 31 0
14 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 6 399 0 Running 30 0
15 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 8 399 0 Running 29 0
16 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 19 399 0 Running 28 0
17 55 David Ragan Toyota 5 398 0 Running 27 0
18 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 20 398 0 Running 26 0
19 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 14 397 0 Running 25 0
20 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 13 397 0 Running 24 0
21 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet 15 397 0 Running 23 0
22 33 Brian Scott Chevrolet 17 397 0 Running 0 0
23 6 Trevor Bayne Ford 28 397 0 Running 21 0
24 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 21 397 0 Running 20 0
25 51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 18 397 0 Running 19 0
26 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 22 397 0 Running 18 0
27 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 12 397 0 Running 17 0
28 9 Sam Hornish Jr Ford 32 397 0 Running 16 0
29 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 10 396 0 Running 15 0
30 40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 35 396 0 Running 0 0
31 16 Greg Biffle Ford 38 396 0 Running 13 0
32 78 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet 16 394 0 Running 12 0
33 38 David Gilliland Ford 30 393 0 Running 11 0
34 26 J.J. Yeley Toyota 43 392 0 Running 0 0
35 34 Brett Moffitt Ford 37 391 0 Running 9 0
36 83 Matt DiBenedetto Toyota 33 390 0 Running 8 0
37 7 Alex Bowman Chevrolet 36 390 0 Running 7 0
38 35 Cole Whitt Ford 34 389 0 Running 6 0
39 23 Jeb Burton Toyota 41 387 0 Running 5 0
40 32 Jeffrey Earnhardt Ford 42 387 0 Running 0 0
41 98 Reed Sorenson Ford 40 335 0 Running 3 0
42 95 Michael McDowell Ford 39 287 0 Accident 2 0
43 46 Michael Annett Chevrolet 27 145 0 Accident 1 0
 STANDINGS
POS DRIVER POINTS BEHIND STARTS WINS TOP 5 TOP 10 DNF
1 Jimmie Johnson 2012 Leader 26 4 11 17 0
2 Kyle Busch 2012 Leader 15 4 6 9 2
3 Matt Kenseth 2012 Leader 26 4 10 16 2
4 Joey Logano 2009 -3 26 3 16 20 0
5 Kevin Harvick 2006 -6 26 2 18 22 1
6 Dale Earnhardt Jr 2006 -6 26 2 12 17 1
7 Kurt Busch 2006 -6 23 2 8 14 0
8 Carl Edwards 2006 -6 26 2 3 9 2
9 Brad Keselowski 2003 -9 26 1 6 18 1
10 Martin Truex Jr 2003 -9 26 1 7 17 2
11 Denny Hamlin 2003 -9 26 1 9 13 1
12 Jamie McMurray 2000 -12 26 0 2 7 1
13 Jeff Gordon 2000 -12 26 0 3 13 1
14 Ryan Newman 2000 -12 26 0 4 12 1
15 Paul Menard 2000 -12 26 0 2 4 1
16 Clint Bowyer 2000 -12 26 0 2 11 0
17 Aric Almirola 693 -1319 26 0 2 2 1
18 Kasey Kahne 677 -1335 26 0 2 6 2
19 Kyle Larson 618 -1394 25 0 1 7 4
20 Greg Biffle 611 -1401 26 0 2 3 0
21 Austin Dillon 603 -1409 26 0 1 4 2
22 AJ Allmendinger 556 -1456 26 0 0 3 3
23 Casey Mears 554 -1458 26 0 0 1 3
24 Danica Patrick 552 -1460 26 0 0 2 2
25 David Ragan 522 -1490 26 0 1 1 4
26 Tony Stewart 511 -1501 26 0 0 2 4
27 Sam Hornish Jr 508 -1504 26 0 0 3 2
28 Trevor Bayne 473 -1539 26 0 0 2 3
29 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 468 -1544 26 0 1 1 2
30 Justin Allgaier 439 -1573 26 0 0 1 3
31 Cole Whitt 394 -1618 26 0 0 0 2
32 David Gilliland 391 -1621 26 0 0 0 2
33 Alex Bowman 331 -1681 25 0 0 0 3
34 Brett Moffitt 320 -1692 22 0 0 1 0
35 Matt DiBenedetto 290 -1722 23 0 0 0 1
36 Michael Annett 277 -1735 26 0 0 0 3
37 Josh Wise 202 -1810 19 0 0 1 4
38 Michael McDowell 163 -1849 12 0 0 0 1
39 Jeb Burton 154 -1858 20 0 0 0 3
40 Alex Kennedy 93 -1919 10 0 0 0 0
41 Reed Sorenson 44 -1968 5 0 0 0 0
42 Bobby Labonte 39 -1973 3 0 0 0 1
43 Brian Vickers 32 -1980 2 0 0 0 0
44 Michael Waltrip 26 -1986 2 0 0 0 0
45 Mike Wallace 8 -2004 1 0 0 0 0
46 T.J. Bell 7 -2005 1 0 0 0 0
47 Eddie MacDonald 7 -2005 1 0 0 0 0
48 Will Kimmel III 6 -2006 1 0 0 0 0
49 Ron Hornaday Jr 2 -2010 1 0 0 0 1
50 Ryan Blaney 0 -2012 11 0 1 1 3
51 Landon Cassill 0 -2012 26 0 0 0 4
52 Brian Scott 0 -2012 7 0 0 0 3
53 Ty Dillon 0 -2012 4 0 0 0 0
54 J.J. Yeley 0 -2012 25 0 0 0 4
55 Regan Smith 0 -2012 4 0 0 0 0
56 Chase Elliott 0 -2012 5 0 0 0 1
57 Matt Crafton 0 -2012 1 0 0 0 0
58 Johnny Sauter 0 -2012 1 0 0 0 0
59 Chris Buescher 0 -2012 6 0 0 0 0
60 Boris Said 0 -2012 2 0 0 0 0
61 Brendan Gaughan 0 -2012 8 0 0 0 2
62 JustinMarks 0 -2012 1 0 0 0 0
63 Mike Bliss 0 -2012 10 0 0 0 0
64 Travis Kvapil 0 -2012 3 0 0 0 0
65 Joe Nemechek 0 -2012 1 0 0 0 0
66 Timmy Hill 0 -2012 6 0 0 0 1
67 Joey Gase 0 -2012 2 0 0 0 1
68 Derek White 0 -2012 1 0 0 0 0
69 Jeff Green 0 -2012 1 0 0 0 0
70 Erik Jones 0 -2012 1 0 0 0 0
71 Jeffrey Earnhardt 0 -2012 1 0 0 0 0
72 Tanner Berryhill 0 -2012 0 0 0 0 0

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