Matt Kenseth is having a career year. He entered the Chase as the points leader and then added to it when he won at Chicagoland Speedway. That win gave him six on the season; the most he's ever scored in one year.
Then he came to New Hampshire Motor Speedway, a track he typically struggles at, to make his 500th career Sprint Cup Series start. And he won again. Now he has seven, and his point lead grew even larger.
Kenseth led a race high 106 laps on his way to the win. He pretty much cruised to the victory over the final 15 laps. Kyle Busch mounted a late charge, but wasn't able to get any close enough to make Kenseth shake in his firesuit.
Kenseth is just the second driver ever to win his 500th career start. The only other driver to do it was Richard Petty.
Now Kenseth turns his attention to the Monster Mile. Kenseth's first career start came at Dover in 1998 when he filled in for Bill Elliott. He started 16th and finished sixth. He has pretty good stats at Dover where he has two wins, the most recent of which came in 2011.
If Kenseth can grow his lead once again next week in Dover then his chances at a second Cup championship will start to look really good.
1. Matt Kenseth
2. Kyle Busch
3. Greg Biffle
4. Jimmie Johnson
5. Jamie McMurray
6. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
7. Brian Vickers
8. Jeff Burton
9. Carl Edwards
10. Martin Truex Jr.