Sunday, August 2, 2015

Matt Kenseth Wins Fuel-Mileage Race at Pocono

Originally written for CLNS Radio.

Matt Kenseth won a wild fuel-mileage race at Pocono Raceway on Sunday afternoon.  

Joey Logano led a race-high 97 laps during the Windows 10 400, but he ran out of fuel just three laps from the finish.  That handed the lead to Kyle Busch, who had won four of the last five races.
Photo courtesy Todd Warshaw/Getty Images

Busch ran out of fuel after taking the white flag, and Kenseth was able to take the lead from his teammate coming out of Turn 1 with enough fuel to take the checkered flag.

“We had a very fast Dollar General Camry,” Kenseth said.  “Didn’t get to show it all day…but I felt we had fast cars here.  I never thought I’d ever win in Pocono and I never thought I’d win a fuel-mileage race, so we did both today.”

Busch, who challenged for the lead most of the day, saw himself within reach of a Chase spot before running out of fuel.  Following his 21st place finish, Busch still sits outside the top 30 in points, just 13 points away from locking himself into the Chase for the Sprint Cup with five races remaining before the cutoff in Richmond.

“I didn’t know we were that close,” Busch said.  “I wish I would have saved a little more and I wish I would have known the 22 [of Logano] was that far away from making it.”

“That’s a bummer…a shame we weren’t able to make it.”

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

Photo courtesy Tim Bradbury/Getty Images

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