Although Matt Kenseth compared his victory on Sunday to a game of musical chairs, to the average fan, it looked like a game of complete domination and control from the seasoned veteran.
Although cautions once again played an important factor in this year’s race, it did not seem to phase any part of Kenseth’s game on Sunday.
Looking eerily similar to the March 10 race at Las Vegas, the No. 20 Toyota had to hold off a charging Kasey Kahne before securing a victory. Kenseth is becoming a familiar face at Kansas now, especially since this became his second victory, this time from the pole, at the track since its repaving last year.
This also became the third straight race that a driver has won from the pole.
Dominating early, Kenseth led 110 of the first 111 laps. He then regained the lead with 50 laps to go, after a caution gave him another look at the front. Kenseth was able to pull away from the field on the restart, with Kahne in tow to pull in to second. Jimmie Johnson and Martin Truex, Jr. battled for third and fourth, and would keep those positions until the final lap.
Following Sunday’s STP 400, Kenseth stated that although his car was fast, it became hard to pass in traffic. For him, clean air was his friend and became relevant on restarts.
After Sunday, Johnson pulled out to a 37-point lead in the NASCAR standings, over Kahne who is now in second. Keselowski fell to third, after events following last week’s Sprint Cup race resulted in him receiving a 25-point fine. Following the April 13 race at Texas, NASCAR officials took the rear axles from both Penske cars before handing out penalties to both teams. Keselowski has stated that they plan to appeal, but no further information regarding the appeal has been released.
Next week, the Sprint Cup series travels to Richmond, Va., for the Toyota Owners 400.
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Written by Ashley Gulick
Sports Journalism is my passion! I keep up with the latest news on pro/college football, NASCAR and baseball....and just about everthing else. I grew up in Talladega, Ala., but moved to Georgia when I was 15. From a young age, I always knew that I wanted to be involved with sports somehow. Once I got into college and completed my degree in Communications, I knew that I had a passion for sports journalism. I have covered sports for the Kennesaw Sentinel (KSU's student paper), Marietta Daily Journal and Douglas County Sentinel.