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Race Report: The All-Star Race

Matt Kenseth led Joe Gibbs Racing with a third place finish tonight in NASCAR’s annual Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Meanwhile Denny Hamlin finished ninth and an early accident left Kyle Busch to finish 21st in the non-points race.

This year’s Sprint All-Star race consisted of 90 total laps around the 1.5-mile oval at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The 90 laps were run in five segments, including four 20-lap segments and a final 10-lap dash to the finish. Pit stops were optional through the first three segments. Upon conclusion of the fourth 20-lap segment the running order was adjusted based upon the average finish from the first four segments. Pit road then opened for a mandatory four-tire stop and the order of the cars returning to the track determined how they took the green flag for the fifth and final segment.

The All-Star Race also has a unique qualifying format with each team completing a three-lap circuit that also includes a four-tire pit stop. Kyle Busch put together the second best time during the evening’s qualifying session, while Matt Kenseth was eighth and Denny Hamlin slid through his pit box causing a slower time and leaving him to start the race in 22nd.
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Race Report: Kansas

Matt Kenseth led Joe Gibbs Racing with a 10th-place finish in tonight’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway, while teammates Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin battled to finish 15th and 18th respectively.

Kenseth started his No. 20 Dollar General Toyota 28th and was patient through the early portion of the race as he waited for the sunset in hopes it would help his Camry turn better in the corners. He would get trapped a lap down after he pitted under the green flag just before a caution came out on lap 48. Kenseth would struggle to get back on the lead lap as the cautions didn’t fall his way and kept him trapped outside the top 20. Read more

Talladega Race Report

Denny Hamlin captured his first victory of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season with a win in today’s Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway.

Meanwhile teammate Kyle Busch finished 13th and Matt Kenseth was collected in an accident and left to finish 37th.

Hamlin started his No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota from the back of the field in 35th but chose to make his way forward early in the race. He would take his first lead on lap 32 and led six different times over the course of the race. Hamlin managed to avoid a number of wrecks that eliminated many contenders including one that took out his teammate Kenseth with just over 50 laps remaining. Hamlin was leading late when a caution came out to set up a final two-lap run to the finish. Hamlin managed to use the low lane on the bottom of the track to secure the lead and was at the front of the pack when a caution came out on the final lap to freeze the field and secure his first trip to victory lane in 2014. Read more