Kenseth wins a wild one, saves enough fuel

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Matt Kenseth celebrates his victory in the Windows 10 400 at Pocono Raceway.





By Justin Melillo
Staff Reporter
August 3, 2015
jmelillo@theracingexperts.net



 

LONG POND, Pa.—Matt Kenseth led two laps today at Pocono Raceway but one of those laps put him in victory lane, as he was able to outlast the rest of the field on fuel to win the Windows 10 400.

“I checked two things off the list, I won Pocono, and I didn’t think that would ever happen, and I won a fuel mileage race, and I didn’t think it would ever happen, ” Kenseth said post-race in the media center.



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Matt Kenseth burns out after his victory at Pocono Raceway. 

With five laps to go, Kenseth was nowhere close to the front, despite racing around the top 5 for most of the race. Most signs were pointing toward a duel between Joey Logano, who led the race high 97 laps, and Kyle Busch, who was looking for his fourth consecutive victory.


Instead, Kenseth stayed far back, playing the save game, and minding the distance between himself and Jimmie Johnson, who was behind him. 

Johnson would end up pitting with three to go, giving Kenseth three more laps to keep saving. Brad Keselowski was the next car behind him, and he was saving as well.

Meanwhile, Logano and Busch stayed close, racing hard yet being told to save as much as they could. It didn’t work, as Logano would run out of fuel coming to two laps to go, and Kyle Busch would run out in the middle of the final lap. Kenseth would be the first to the line, and even had enough fuel left to burn it down on the frontstretch.


Kenseth takes home his second victory of the season, and 33rd of his career.

 

THROUGH THE FIELD


Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, and Martin Truex Jr. all ran out of gas after racing in the top three near the end of the race. Both Truex Jr. and Logano would run out coming to two laps to go, and both sped into the pits, which put them to the end of the lead lap, with Truex Jr. posting 19th, and Logano winding up 20th. 


Kyle Busch, on the other hand, ran out on the last lap, and couldn’t complete the lap, finishing a disappointing 21st place, one lap down.


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Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch lead the field to the green flag on a restart.

Stewart-Haas Racing ended the day some highs and lows. Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch were the class of the field early, combining to lead 16 of the first 34 laps. Harvick, however, only made it 20 laps into the race before his engine expired racing Kurt Busch for the lead. Harvick would finish 42nd. 


Kurt Busch would fall back after differing pit strategies, and on a restart on lap 65, he got spun by Paul Menard, slammed by Sam Hornish Jr., and would have to go behind the wall to fix the damages. Kurt Busch finished 37th.

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