Comments from top-three in Dover race
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Matt Kenseth leads Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott and others to the start/finish line at Dover International
By Dominic Aragon
May 16, 2016
While Matt Kenseth picked up his first win of 2016 in Sunday’s AAA 400 Drive For Autism at Dover International Speedway, both Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott picked up their best finishes of the season.
“It was one of those days where everything lined up for us at the end of the race,” he said. “We were the only one left out there with two [tires], we got those couple short runs to kind of cycle everybody else's tires, give us a lot of caution laps to get our tires cooled down.
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Matt Kenseth celebrates his first Sprint Cup Series victory in victory lane Sunday at Dover International Speedway.
For Kyle Larson, Sunday marked the 23-year-old driver’s second top-five finish of the season and best finish since a runner-up showing at Kansas in October 2014.
Larson led on three occasions for 85 total laps, the second-highest total he’s led in a Sprint Cup race.
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Kyle Larson leads the field Sunday at Dover International Raceway.
“I got to [Kenseth’s] inside a couple times, really slowed us both down,” he said. “Chase got to us, got to my inside, actually got by me. I thought it was over from there. I thought Chase would win. Got calmed down, was able to get back by him and race him for a few laps.
“It was fun racing all race long. Wish I would have got the win, but it's nice to be second.”
Larson will enter the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway 21st in driver’s standings, 43 points behind the Chase cutline.
Rookie Chase Elliott’s third place finish marked a career-best finish in the Sprint Cup Series. The run was his third consecutive top-ten finish and fourth top-five effort of 2016.
Elliott also commented on racing against Larson and Kenseth,
“I had a lot of fun racing with those guys at the end there,” he said. “Like I say, hate to not get the job done and be so close, but we'll keep digging at it and try to get a little better.”
Elliott sits seventh in driver’s points after 12 races, 55 points above the Chase cutline entering May 29’s Coca-Cola 600.