Saturday night was Matt Kenseth night at Richmond International Raceway. Kenseth led a race high 352 of the 400 laps in route to victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Federated Auto Parts 400. Kenseth dominated the final race of NASCAR’s regular season and made a strong statement as the 16-driver field for NASCAR’s 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup was set when the checkered flag fell.
Kenseth took the lead on lap 15 and from there it was his race to lose. There seemed to be no one else who could compete with the Joe Gibbs Racing driver however, as he led the majority of a relatively tame race for his fourth win of the season. Kyle Busch was second, Joey Logano was third, Aric Almirola who made a brilliant run late in attempt to make the Chase field but came up short finished fourth with Dale Earnhardt Jr. coming home fifth. Denny Hamlin was sixth, Jeff Gordon seventh, Brad Keselowski overcame a pit road speeding penalty to finish eighth with Jimmie Johnson and Clint Bowyer rounding out the top 10. The only drama for the Kenseth came on lap 132 when he and teammate Carl Edwards got together while contesting second. Edwards eventually waved Kenseth by for the spot and Kenseth went back to the front taking the lead from Hamlin on lap 139.
Kenseth took the lead for the final time on a restart after the races sixth and final caution with 18 laps to go and drove to victory MORE>>>