Kenseth Dominates in Kansas and Wins From the Pole
Matt Kenseth started on the pole and stayed up front almost all day long. He dominated the race en route to his second win of the season. Kenseth led 163 of the 267 laps raced on Sunday afternoon.
But Kenseth had to hold off a late race charge from Kasey Kahne who tried to rip the win from his grasp. Kahne got up to the front on pit road during the last caution of the race. He started to chase down Kenseth with about 20 laps remaining, but Kenseth was too strong for Kahne off of turn two. Using that advantage Kenseth was able to keep Kahne's charge at bay.
Sunday's race saw drivers battle a lack of grip on a new pavement and hard tire. Drivers were slipping and sliding out of the groove often, and some just completely lost control. One of those drivers was Kyle Busch. Busch spun all by himself very early in the race while running third in turn two. Then later on he spun by himself in turn three, but he didn't escape that incident without damage. Busch slapped the wall on the right side, and then came down the track and got nailed by Joey Logano who had nowhere to go.
Elliott Sadler was making his first Sprint Cup Series start of the season also had troubles early on when he spun out all by himself in turn two and backed it into the wall. Brian Vickers who was subbing for the injured Denny Hamlin again also had troubles in turn two.
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