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Matt Kenseth Wins in Kansas

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By Unique Hiram (KANSAS CITY, Kan.) – Matt Kenseth, driver of the No. 18 Reser’s Toyota, claimed victory in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Kansas Speedway. He crossed the start/finish line 0.952 seconds ahead of Paul Menard. This is his second victory and tenth top 10 finish this season.

In regards to being concerned about the damage to his front end, Kenseth said, “Well, I mean especially if you ask somebody that gets to work with me on a regular basis, patience is probably not my best quality. Yeah, we just had a lot of silly things go on and when that caution flew and it looked like we were about seven laps outside of our window, I knew that was the opportunity for us to get some tires on, pack some fuel in it and either hop for a caution or save a little bit until the end.”

“It all worked out, but, yeah, when I got the hole in the grille, it really affected my handling. It made the car really tight and I knew we needed to come and fix that and we had to spend the time to do it. It seemed like every time we got track position we kept getting int he back, but it all worked out in the end.”

Rounding out the top ten were Paul Menard, Regan Smith, Kyle Busch, Justin Allgaier, Austin Dillon, Parker Kligerman, Brad Sweet, Trevor Bayne and Elliott Sadler.

Race Highlights:

  • New points leader Austin Dillon, eight ahead of Sam Hornish Jr.
  • Kenseth is sixth on the all-time series wins list
  • Alex Bowman was the highest finishing rookie
  • 17 lead changes with 10 different leaders
  • 11 cautions for 50 laps which includes one competition caution, four spins, five accidents and one debris caution

For the complete unofficial finishing order, click here.

For the current points standings, click here.

The NASCAR Nationwide Series will be heading to Charlotte Motor Speedway (Oct. 11) for the Dollar General 300. It will be broadcast on ESPN2 at 7:00 p.m. ET.

 

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