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Kenseth lucks out as Busch gets flat tire

by Pete McCole
Friday, May 08, 2009

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Matt Kenseth followed up his record-breaking performance on Friday with a victory in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Diamond Hill Plywood 200 at Darlington Raceway.

Just hours after setting a track record in qualifying for Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Southern 500, Kenseth picked up his first Nationwide win after Kyle Busch was forced to pit during the final caution flag with two laps to go.

Jason Leffler was second, followed by Carl Edwards, Erik Darnell and Justin Allgaier.

Kenseth trailed Busch going into the final five laps, quickly gaining ground before pulling to within a few car lengths of Busch just as the ninth caution flag of the night waved with two laps to go.

With a green-white-checkered finish looming, Busch reported to his crew that he had a flat right-rear tire caused by debris from the caution, forcing him to relinquish the lead to come to pit road. Kenseth inherited the lead, and led the field to the green flag for the three-lap shootout.

The dash was short-lived as the caution flag was displayed yet again for Brad Keselowski’s spin, ending the race under caution.

“Today couldn't have gone any better than it did, that's for sure," said Kenseth. “Like I said earlier, it's all really about the cars and the people that work on them and your pit stops and all that.

“I can't go fast with slow cars, which I proved over the last couple months. It feels good to be able to win one of these things… On the Cup side, it feels good to make changes today, and the car actually reacted to it and seemed to drive a lot better than our stuff has lately, so it's been a good day for us. Hopefully, that will continue (Saturday).”

Leffler’s second place finish was his fifth straight top-10 finish and his second runner-up showing in the last four races, keeping him third in the series points behind Busch and Edwards, who are both splitting time in both the Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series.

“I would like to tell you that we had something for him (Kyle Busch), but we were running for second,” said Leffler. “You never know on the restart because everyone’s car runs good for one or two laps. Our car was stout, but I was running my own race and concentrating on the 16 (Matt Kenseth).

“Right now that is the only way we’re going to beat him (Busch) is when he has issues
like that. If we keep running these top-fives you can take advantage of stuff like that.”

Busch, who had led 143 laps and had the dominant car for much of the race, ended up 16th after coming within two laps of his second consecutive victory.

Busch’s right-rear tire was apparently punctured after he ran over debris while under caution for a wreck between Scott Lagasse, Jr. and Joe Nemechek.

“I hate it for these guys on this Z-Line Designs team and for Kyle (Busch),” said Busch’s crew chief Jason Ratcliff. “He drove a great race like you said. That’s part of this sport. One day you’re on top then it can humble you pretty quick.”

Busch continues to lead the points standings by 37 points over Carl Edwards. Leffler, Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski held onto the top five positions in the points standings.

Only 18 cars finished on the lead lap, while 10 cars failed to finish the event.

Results

FIN

ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 6 16 Matt Kenseth Ford CitiFinancial 190/5 152 Running
2 7 38 Jason Leffler Toyota Great Clips 170/0 152 Running
3 3 60 Carl Edwards Ford Scotts Miracle-Gro LiquaFeed 170/5 152 Running
4 5 6 Erik Darnell * Ford Northern Tool + Equipment 160/0 152 Running
5 16 12 Justin Allgaier * Dodge Verizon Wireless 155/0 152 Running
6 2 33 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Kevin Harvick, Inc. 150/0 152 Running
7 19 1 Mike Bliss Chevrolet Miccosukee Resort & Gaming 146/0 152 Running
8 9 29 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Holiday Inn / Holiday Inn Express 142/0 152 Running
9 10 32 Brian Vickers Toyota Dollar General 138/0 152 Running
10 31 5 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet Fastenal 134/0 152 Running
11 8 88 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet Delphi 130/0 152 Running
12 4 20 Joey Logano Toyota GameStop 127/0 152 Running
14 14 66 Steve Wallace Chevrolet US Fidelis 121/0 152 Running
15 11 27 Jason Keller Ford Kleenex / Rite Aid 118/0 152 Running
16 1 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Z-Line Designs 125/10 152 Running
17 23 07 Patrick Carpentier Toyota PMCLife.com 112/0 152 Running
18 17 28 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet U.S. Border Patrol 109/0 152 Running
19 15 62 Brendan Gaughan * Chevrolet 5-Hour Energy Extra Strength 106/0 152 Running
20 24 99 Scott Speed Toyota Red Bull 103/0 152 Running
21 18 234 Tony Raines Chevrolet Long John Silver's 105/5 152 Running
22 13 11 Scott Lagasse Jr. * Toyota America's Incredible Pizza Company 97/0 152 Running
23 32 40 Jeff Green Chevrolet Stop Repair Bills.com 94/0 150 Running
24 29 26 Brian Keselowski Dodge Schweitzer Title 91/0 150 Running
25 25 81 Kevin Hamlin Dodge D.H. Griffin Companies 88/0 149 Running
26 30 61 Brandon Whitt Ford Specialty Racing 85/0 149 Running
27 28 01 Danny O'Quinn Jr. Chevrolet MC2 Energy Drink 82/0 149 Running
28 27 24 Eric McClure Ford Hefty 79/0 148 Running
29 20 15 Michael Annett * Toyota Pilot Travel Centers 76/0 148 Running
30 26 23 Robert Richardson Jr. Chevrolet Mahindra Tractors 73/0 147 Running
31 33 89 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet Lagina Plumbing / Eldora Speedway 70/0 147 Running
32 22 87 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet NEMCO Motorsports 67/0 143 Running
33 12 47 Michael McDowell * Toyota Tom's Snacks 64/0 139 Running
34 35 09 John Wes Townley * Ford Zaxby's 61/0 118 Running
35 37 52 Kevin Lepage Ford Means Racing 58/0 58 Running
36 36 42 Kenny Hendrick Dodge BailoutForBarney .com / Smith Ironworks 55/0 55 Running
37 43 84 Mike Harmon Chevrolet TEC Partners, LLC 52/0 37 Running
38 38 31 Travis Kittleson Chevrolet Circle K Thirstbuster / Bob Steele Chevrolet 49/0 20 Running
39 40 0 Mark Green Chevrolet SponsorDavis.com 46/0 18 Running
40 39 49 Kertus Davis Chevrolet GetMoreVacations.com 43/0 16 Running
41 41 91 Terry Cook * Chevrolet MSRP Motorsports 40/0 14 Running
42 42 90 Johnny Chapman Chevrolet MSRP Motorsports 37/0 13 Running
43 34 05 Casey Atwood Chevrolet 31-W Insulation 34/0 12 Running

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