Experience trumps youth as Kenseth wins wild race at Dover

Matt Kenseth celebrates his win at Dover Sunday.
Matt Kenseth celebrates his win at Dover Sunday.
Matt Kenseth celebrates his win at Dover Sunday.

Matt Kenseth used experience to hold off the youthful desires of two of NASCAR’s rising stars Sunday to score a much needed, and hard earned win at Dover International Speedway. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver scored his 37th career win holding off a hard charging Kyle Larson and rookie Chase Elliott to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup AAA 400 Drive for Autism in one of the most exciting races at the Monster Mile is recent memory.

“It feels good to be here, been a tough few months, for sure,” Kenseth said.  “We had a good car today. I thought we were competitive and there were a few guys at different parts of the race that were a little bit better and Kyle (Larson) gave me all I wanted at the end, and then some. We were fortunate to be able to hold him off.”

Kenseth led a total of 48 laps including the final 40 taking the lead after a huge crash on a restart.


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