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. Read more
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
Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth earned top-five finishes to led Joe Gibbs Racing in tonight’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway, while late-race contact and a resulting spin kept Denny Hamlin from joining his teammates in the top five and leaving him to finish a disappointing 22nd.
Busch started the No. 18 M&Ms Toyota 19th and was patient through the opening green flag run of the race while crew chief Dave Rogers called for adjustments to help his Camry turn a bit better as the sunset and the track cooled. He would restart 11th on lap 107 following a round of pit stops. He would gain a spot to enter the top ten and was running ninth at lap 140 and had moved up to seventh by lap 160. The M&Ms crew would gain another spot on pit road allowing Busch to restart sixth on lap 171 and he was into the top five before the halfway mark. He would drop back to ninth before a caution on lap 227 as he struggled on the exit of turns. He would restart ninth on lap 238. Busch struggled with the handling on his M&Ms Camry on the next run and dropped back outside of the top ten and was running 14th at lap 275. Busch would bring the car back down pit road on lap 300 and lined up 15th for the restart with 95 to go. He would gain several spots and following a pit stop he would line up 10th for a restart on lap 376. Unfortunately he would get hit from behind by the 51 car causing him to get into the 11 bringing out a caution. Another caution would follow with 15 laps to go and crew chief Dave Rogers would make the call to give up some track position to bring the M&Ms Camry down pit road for fresh tires. It turned out to be the right call as Busch restarted 16th with nine to go and gained eight spots on the opening lap. He would go on to gain five more spots over the course of the final laps to earn an impressive third-place finish. Read more