Last Thursday, Matt Kenseth said he didn't believe the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion would have to win a race to capture the title, but he was quick to add, "It sure pays a lot of points."
Kenseth, however, took nothing for granted. He masterfully pulled off the victory at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday night to climb from fifth to third in the points standings and close to within seven markers of points leader and Roush Fenway Racing teammate Carl Edwards.
"The wins matter, obviously," said Edwards, who hasn't won since the race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, 28 races ago. "It's great to win, but our goal is to win the championship. We've won nine races in a season and not won the championship, and I'd definitely trade that for a zero or one-win season with a championship. Our goal is to win this championship."
Considering that Hendrick Motorsports is not enjoying its best postseason and that defending champion Jimmie Johnson ended his night on the wrecker's hook Saturday,...