Kenseth Wins at Magic Mile By: Thomas Chemris Nextel Cup Champion Matt Kenseth used pit strategy to take the checkers in the Siemens 200 at the New Hampshire International Raceway. Starting twenty first Kenseth took cues form crew chief...
Kenseth Wins at Magic Mile
By: Thomas Chemris
Nextel Cup Champion Matt Kenseth used pit strategy to take the checkers in the Siemens 200 at the New Hampshire International Raceway.
Starting twenty first Kenseth took cues form crew chief Charles Barraclough to work his way up front by staying out when the leaders pitted during early cautions.
In typical Kenseth fashion, the driver appeared not to be a factor in the event until the final segment when he appeared well in the hunt.
Kenseth took the lead on lap 150 as he passed Casey Mears and never looked back as he claimed his second series win of the season.
"We had a good car", said Kenseth. "Pit strategy got us up front, and we had a great car when we got clean air".
Finishing behind Kenseth, a season best run for Tim Feedewa, followed by Jason Lefler, Kasey Khane, and Kevin Harvick.
Feedewa and Kenseth battled fiercely for the final fifteen laps, but both gave each other plenty of racing room a Kenseth pushed his margin of victory to 1.510 seconds.
'It was a good run for us" noted Feedewa. "I wish we would have had something for Matt, but I wanted to race him clean".
It was a rough day for the series point's leaders. Martin Truex Jr, who started thirteenth, had several problems throughout the day. Truex battled his way into the top five, but fell back due to an early pit stop. He continued to battle toward the top five, but the team was given a stop and go penalty after NASCAR officials determined lug nuts were left off the car during routine service. Truex's problems went form bad to worse on lap 162, as he again was breaking into the top five he hit the backstretch wall as he locked up the car to avoid contact with Jamie McMurray.
With all the difficulty Truex experienced, it appeared as if he was handing the points lead to Kyle Busch, who was on his way to another top five finish.
Fortunes changed, while on a late race restart, Busch appeared to jump the green flag driving into Jason Keller, sending both cars spinning into the inside retaining wall.
Busch was subsequently held a lap for rough driving, and finished the event in twenty fifth.
Truex, who continues to hold the pints lead, was glad he salvages a tip fifteen finish. "It was a rough day for us, noted the New Jersey driver.
Busch took responsibility for his mistake, and after meeting with race officials took responsibility for the crash... "Today I did not drive like a championship contender", says Busch who remains in the hunt for his first title...
Next week the series heads out to Pikes Peak Colorado for the NASCAR Busch 250.