Kenseth survives carnage to win Sprint Unlimited at Daytona

Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota, celebrates with champagne in victory lane after winning during the 3rd Annual Sprint Unlimited at Daytona at Daytona International Speedway on February 14, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota, celebrates with champagne in victory lane after winning during the 3rd Annual Sprint Unlimited at Daytona at Daytona International Speedway on February 14, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota, celebrates in victory lane after winning during the 3rd Annual Sprint Unlimited at Daytona at Daytona International Speedway on February 14, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—Matt Kenseth survived mayhem around him Saturday night to win his first NASCAR Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway. Crashes involved over half the 25 car field and left only 11 cars running at the end of the 75 lap non-points race.

Polesitter Paul Menard led the first three laps but Brad Keselowski was fighting for the top spot by lap 4 on the inside; he fell into second a lap later but charged back forward on lap 7. Keselowski broke out into the front on lap 8 followed by Kenseth.  Kenseth moved up to the high side and took the lead for the first time on lap 10. Martin Truex Jr. soon took over the point from the outside and soon he and Kenseth were dueling for the lead. Dale Earnhardt Jr. moved into second on lap 12 as Kenseth settled into third. Soon Kenseth was fighting Tony Stewart for third.

The top three remained the same as those behind dueled side by side, two and at times three wide.  Kyle Larson moved to challenge for second on lap 20.  As the scheduled caution neared at lap 25, the top 10 broke out into a single line.  MORE>>>

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