Matt Kenseth finishes off prefect NASCAR Sprint Cup weekend with win at Michigan

Matt Kenseth celebrates after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 16, 2015 in Brooklyn, Michigan.
Matt Kenseth celebrates after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 16, 2015 in Brooklyn, Michigan.
Matt Kenseth celebrates after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 16, 2015 in Brooklyn, Michigan.

It seems that no matter what NASCAR throws at them the Joe Gibbs Racing team perseveres. Matt Kenseth capped off a dominating weekend by leading 146 of the 200 laps cruising to victory Sunday in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400. Kenseth led from his first pole at the 2-mile Michigan International Speedway, won on Friday, and scored the fifth win in the last six races for JGR.

“I don’t know,” Kenseth said when asked what made his Toyota so strong Sunday.  “But if I did I sure wouldn’t tell you. We had really fast cars when we first got here. We made a lot of speed and we got it handling really good. They made great adjustments so the race was a lot like we thought it was going to look like, but we were just hoping we would have enough speed and be out front. We had perfect strategy and pit stops and the restarts were just good enough to hang on. Everything fell our way.”

Unlike his last win two weeks ago at Pocono that came as a result of fuel mileage, Sunday’s win was all Kenseth and his team as he had the car to beat and in the end, no one could.  The race marked the second time for NASCAR’s high drag rules package. JGR won at Indy with the same high drag package with Kyle Busch and at Kentucky with Busch utilizing a low drag package.  The low drag package will be run at Darlington in three weeks. MORE>>>

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