Sunday, August 16, 2015

Matt Kenseth Dominates in Michigan

Originally written for CLNS Radio.

Matt Kenseth won the Pure Michigan 400 from Michigan International Speedway on Sunday afternoon.

Kenseth dominated the race, leading a race-high 146 laps after starting on the pole.  He had to fend off Kevin Harvick on a late restart with 13 laps to go, but he was able to keep the lead and pick up the victory.  Kenseth said his teammate Denny Hamlin helped Kenseth overtake Harvick on the final restart.

“Denny did a spectacular job pushing me first from the restart zone to about turn two,” Kenseth said.  “It was like a superspeedway race and it was whoever got locked up.”

Photo courtesy Nick Laham/Getty Images
With 50 laps to go, Kenseth held off a hard-charging Austin Dillon for the lead.  Kenseth said that battle was the hardest of the day.

“We went back and forth a few times and made some contact up there and it was hard to get away from him.  My car took about five laps to get going and once it got going it was pretty stout.”

Joe Gibbs Racing has now won five of the last six races, but Kenseth said it was still too early to pick Chase favorites with three races until the cutoff.

“You have 16 teams [in the Chase] that are capable of winning races on a weekly basis, as well as championships.  The guys gave us…rockets the last couple months and we’re going to work hard to keep it rolling.”

Unofficial results:
1. Matt Kenseth
2. Kevin Harvick
3. Martin Truex Jr.
4. Austin Dillon
5. Denny Hamlin
6. Carl Edwards
7. Joey Logano
8. Ryan Newman
9. Brad Keselowski
10. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
11. Kyle Busch
12. Paul Menard
13. Kyle Larson
14. Aric Almirola
15. Kasey Kahne
16. Jamie McMurray
17. Jeff Gordon
18. David Ragan
19. Sam Hornish Jr.
20. Kurt Busch
21. Tony Stewart
22. Trevor Bayne
23. Greg Biffle
24. Ryan Blaney
25. Danica Patrick
26. Ricky Stenhouse Jr
27. Cole Whitt
28. AJ Allmendinger
29. Justin Allgaier
30. Matt DiBenedetto
31. Alex Bowman
32. David Gilliland
33. Jeb Burton
34. Brett Moffitt
35. Michael Annett
36. Landon Cassill
37. Josh Wise
38. JJ Yeley
39. Jimmie Johnson
40. Travis Kvapil
41. Clint Bowyer
42. Casey Mears
43. Timmy Hill

Photo courtesy Sean Gardner/Getty Images

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