Matt Kenseth gambles and wins at Kentucky Speedway

SPARTA, KY - JUNE 30: Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway on June 30, 2013 in Sparta, Kentucky. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
SPARTA, KY - JUNE 30:  Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway on June 30, 2013 in Sparta, Kentucky.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
SPARTA, KY – JUNE 30: Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway on June 30, 2013 in Sparta, Kentucky. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Matt Kenseth silenced those critics who said he had peaked too early in the NASCAR Sprint Cup season by scoring his fourth win of the season and his first career victory in a rain delayed race at Kentucky Speedway Sunday.

In a race delayed 16 hours by Saturday night’s persistent rain showers, Kenseth and his Joe Gibbs Racing crew made the right call at the right time as they took fuel only on the final pit stop taking the lead from a dominant Jimmie Johnson with 17 laps to go.

“I didn’t roll the dice, Jason (Ratcliff, crew chief) did.  I thought he was slightly crazy when that happened,” Kenseth said. “Jason did a great job — I didn’t think there was any way that we were going to hold on for that win.  He made the right call at the right time and those guys got it done.” MORE>>>

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