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Matt Kenseth Tops the Field in Texas

April 11, 2011

Article first published as Matt Kenseth Tops the Field in Texas on Technorati.


You know how it is when you used to go somewhere a lot and then stop going you have a hard time remembering where it is? It was kind of like that for Matt Kenseth.

After winning the Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, Kenseth radio’d his crew chief and asked, “Show me where to park this thing. It’s been awhile.”

As a matter of fact you have to go back to 2009 when Kenseth won the Daytona 500 and also the following race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA. That was 76 races ago and victory has eluded the Wisconsin driver until Saturday night in Texas.

Second place Clint Bowyer, a distant 8.315 seconds back, wasn’t even in the same zip code when the checkered flag fell. Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle and Paul Menard rounded out the top five. Australian driver Marcos Ambrose came in sixth. Pole-sitter David Ragan took seventh, Jimmie Johnson eighth and Dale Earnhardt Jr. grabs another top ten in ninth. Kurt Busch takes the ten spot. Ford teams had a good night as their Fusion’s claimed five of the top seven positions.

“I’ve said it after every win, but especially after over two years, I didn’t know if I’d ever have a chance to get here again,” Kenseth remarked after climbing from his car. “We had a packed house tonight, and it probably wasn’t the closest finish for them, but we had great racing all night.”

Kenseth led 169 of 334 laps but struggled for track position after a couple of pit stops. On long runs there was no one better. The last 114 laps were all ran under green following a violent crash on the back stretch when Martin Truex collected Mark Martin and David Ragan.

Mark Martin & Martin Truex Jr. Crash on Lap 215

Source: NASCAR Media

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