Matt Kenseth‘s career-best season has continued into the NASCAR Nationwide Series. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points leader has won the Kansas Lottery 300 at the Kansas Speedway.
Kenseth was able to stay out on the last pit stop, conserving enough fuel thanks to several cautions throughout the final 55 laps of the race to secure his second NASCAR Nationwide Series race of the year. The win marks the first time Kenseth has won multiple races in NASCAR’s second-tier division since 2007 when he drove for Roush-Fenway Racing.
Though he didn’t have the most dominant car, Kenseth was able to retain the lead for 38 laps to win his 28th career NASCAR Nationwide Series race. He was able to hold off Regan Smith and Paul Menard on the final restart, even while trying to conserve fuel. However, the reason that the final restart occurred was beyond interesting.
Kyle Busch turned Brad Keselowski right after passing the start/finish line as the two were battling for the second position with just 13 laps to go in the race. Keselowski’s car rapidly hit the exterior wall on the front stretch, ending his hopes of having a solid finish for the No. 22 Ford which currently leads the owner points in the Nationwide Series over Busch’s No. 54 Toyota.
Keselowski almost went on a rampage, but was somehow able to control himself. He refused to go into the ambulance after the wreck, running across the grass in between the front stretch and pit road. As Keselowski passed by Busch’s pit stall, he slapped his rear end, implying for Busch and his crew to kiss that area.
Keselowski then kept running towards the garage area, but turned back to his team’s pit stall where he circled for roughly a minute before running all the way to the infield care center. Basically, Keselowski stopped himself from doing something he would regret by getting a little workout for the day.
Back to the race that happened on track, not on foot.
There were 11 cautions throughout the race as drivers just couldn’t seem to find a handle on the Kansas track. Conditions were extremely slick after heavy rain last night, which added to a tire combination that didn’t truly suit the track. Several drivers that were having respectable runs ended up spinning out due to these conditions.
Elliott Sadler was having a top-five run when he spun out on the apron while coming back up on the track from pit road during green flag pit stops. Sadler was a lap down as the caution came out and ended up finishing 10th. Brian Vickers clashed with Chris Buescher as the two hit the wall hard coming off of turn four, causing both drivers to go from having potential top-10 runs to finishing 29th and 16th respectively.
Kyle Larson also had problems throughout the day in his No. 32 Chevrolet, taking a DNF after his car received extensive damage.
Parker Kligerman had a very strong run going early, leading during the green flag for a total of seven laps before a caution came out. Kligerman ended the day in seventh, having one of the best runs of his season. Austin Dillon, who started on the pole, led 36 laps and had a chance to win, but strategy just didn’t go his way, causing him to finish sixth.
Dillon is now the NASCAR Nationwide Series’ points leader over Sam Hornish Jr. Hornish struggled mightily on Saturday afternoon, tapping the wall while running in the back half of the top-10 and ended up finishing 17th.
Dillon leads the points standing by eight markers over Hornish. Smith moves into third over Sadler. He’s 35 points back now while Sadler’s 43 points back.
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