Matt Kenseth Survives Wild Race At Kansas Speedway


Matt Kenseth wins the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway. The race started out pretty tame compared to the NASCAR Nationwide race the day before but at lap 31 that hope was lost.  The No. 13 car driven by Casey Mears blew a right front tire, spun and hit the wall hard.  This was the beginning of multiple spins and damage.  The cars involved were in order, No. 13, No. 18, No. 51, No. 18, No. 31, No. 43, No. 48, No. 47, No. 83, No. 10, No. 21, No. 9, No. 43, and No. 16.  Some of them spun twice.

One would think that with that many spins and that many right front tires blown there was a tire problem but it was reported by Goodyear that most of the tire problems were from running over debris.  With that many wrecks it only makes sense that there would be a lot of debris.

When asked about the Mayhem on the track Matt Kenseth said, “They have to bring a tire that’s durable enough not to blow out. I think a couple people blew tires. I don’t know why, maybe they ran something over.

Matt Kenseth didn’t avoid all the wrecks.  When the No. 43 driven by Aric Almirola wrecked he got into the wall trying not to get into that and flattened the right side of the car.  Matt said, “I thought it was over when I got in the fence when Aric wrecked under Mark. I was watching them and trying to make sure I didn’t hit them and I flat sided it pretty bad. It ended up working in our favor. They fixed the body as good as it was when we started and we had to take less gas in that last pit stop and this pit crew put me out front.

It is a shame that Matt had such a bad race to start the chase, with two wins in the Chase he would most certainly be contending.  Being 55 points back he is essentially out of the Chase for the Sprint cup.

We’ve had two great races where they couldn’t be better, and we had four that probably couldn’t be a lot worse, other than Loudon. It’s been up and down.” Matt Said, “I thought last year we were really strong. I thought in the Chase last year we had a shot to win the championship as far as performance. I feel like I let my guys down and didn’t do a good enough job making decisions on the track or even off the track, whatever. I felt like I cost us, but our cars were fast enough to win.

Matt Kenseth led 78 laps, the most in the race.  This was Matts 24th win and he is now tied for 26th in all-time series wins with Kurt and Kyle Busch.

Martin Truex Jr. was second, Paul Menard third, Kasey Kahne fourth and Tony Stewart fifth.

Brad Keselowski finished the race eighth and still leads the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Jimmie Johnson is second, seven points back and ironically finished right behind Brad.  Deny Hamlin is third in the standings 20 points back, Clint Bowyer forth 25 points back and Kasey Kahne fifth 30 points back.

Finally don’t let anyone say NASCAR fans don’t get into their sport, even the youngsters.

A race fan looks on prior to the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway
Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR

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