Kenseth Wins In Thrilling Finish
Matt Kenseth was able to claim his first victory of the season in Dover yesterday after holding off Kyle Larson and Chase Elliot in the AAA 400 Drive for Autism.
Kenseth solidified himself in the chase for the Sprint Cup with the win; the 37th of his career. Larson seemed to have the fastest car of the bunch throughout the race, but wasn't able to overcome the tough track conditions late to overtake Kenseth when given the chance.
"I got digging the best I could and tried to hold him off," Kenseth said. "I feel like the way we've been running, eventually the law of averages are going to work out, you're going to get your wins, your finishes."
Larson got to Kenseth's bumper and beside him more than once in the waning laps, but was unable to complete the pass.
"I was trying to do all you could do to get by him without getting into him," Larson said. "So I was just going to try and race him as hard as I could without getting into him to beat him. He's sitting in Victory Lane and I'm not, so maybe I need to do something a little bit different, but nothing crazy to take him out or anything."
Kenseth snapped a 17-race winless streak with the win.
The race, however, was marred by a number of accidents including an 18-car wreck with less than 50-laps to go triggered by Jimmie Johnson whose car failed to reach 3rd gear, stacking up the field behind him causing a melee.
"In my career, I've never had a transmission do that to me," Johnson said.
Also involved in the wreck was Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., and Kevin Harvick.