BUSCH: Pikes Peak race story

Kenseth takes second career win Bud Pole winner Matt Kenseth, driving the Lycos-sponsored No. 17 Chevrolet, darted past Phil Parsons with 23 laps left and earned his second victory of the season Sunday in the inaugural NASCAR Busch...

Kenseth takes second career win

Bud Pole winner Matt Kenseth, driving the Lycos-sponsored No. 17 Chevrolet, darted past Phil Parsons with 23 laps left and earned his second victory of the season Sunday in the inaugural NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division Lycos.com 250 at Pikes Peak International Raceway.

Kenseth led the most laps in an event was briefly slowed by a rain shower past the midway point of the event.

Kenseth's crew gave him a good pit stop on lap 220 of 250 while Randy LaJoie encountered a tire problem and Tony Stewart was slow coming out of the pits. Stewart, driving the No. 44 Pontiac, placed 14th driving the final lap with sparks under his car. It was the top position for Pontiac.

"Car was awesome all day," said a pleased Kenseth. "The car was flawless. Last pit stop we were a little on the tight side, but we adjusted the chassis a little and put good tires."

The victory moved Kenseth back into the points lead with 2,082, 73 ahead of Mike McLaughlin, who placed 20th.

Parsons crossed the finish line second in the Dura-Lube Chevrolet for his best result of the year.

LaJoie, driving a Chevrolet, and Elton Sawyer in a Ford had a good battle for third with three laps to go. Each driver tried to pass on the inside several times before Sawyer gave way to LaJoie. The No. 74 Chevrolet took third, while Sawyer settled for fourth, his best result of the season.

"It's great for our race team," LaJoie said. "Right there at the end we had something for Kenseth. We ran good."

Jeff Purvis finished fifth to give Chevrolet four of the top-five finishers. Chevrolet had nine of the top-10 positions overall as Curtis Markham (driving for Dick Trickle), Mark Green, Ron Hornaday, Mike Cope and Dale Earnhardt Jr. rounded out the top-10.

Earnhardt remained third in the standings, trailing Kenseth by 82 points.

The race was the 15th of 31 on the schedule. It covered 250 miles on the one-mile paved speedway. Drivers competed for a purse of $912,000. Next on the schedule is the June 28 Lysol 200 at Watkins Glen International.

Source: NASCAR Online

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Matt Kenseth , Tony Stewart , Dick Trickle , Elton Sawyer , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Mike McLaughlin , Mark Green , Jeff Purvis , Phil Parsons