For the fourth time in the last five races, a Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota was celebrating in victory lane Sunday. However, for the first time in the last four races the driver was someone other than Kyle Busch, who came within a half a lap of extending his streak to four consecutive wins. Instead, it was Matt Kenseth who celebrated winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Windows 10 400 at Pocono Raceway. It was the 33rd career win for Kenseth and his first at Pocono.
The race featured 8 cautions with none coming in the final 70 laps. That was the deciding factor as many of the top runners gambled on one more stop or having enough caution laps to save fuel to make it to the end.
“It was nerve-wracking,” Kenseth said.” I really didn’t think the 48 (Jimmie Johnson) was going to make it but I still really wanted to be in front of him. Once I got in front of him I started saving as much as I could. I figured we had a little bit more than Jason (Ratcliff, crew chief) was letting on. I saved a lot and I was worried about the 2 (Brad Keselowski) and they said he was out so then I just saved as much as I could. I saw the 22 (Joey Logano) and the 18 (Kyle Busch) drop and I was like, ‘Well, the 18 is going to get another one.’ Then, they said he was out off the tunnel.” MORE>>>
- NASCAR to debut new short track package at Phoenix - February 28, 2023
- The Wrench Who Stole Racing - December 16, 2022
- Matt DiBenedetto’s excellent run comes to abrupt, violent end - February 17, 2019