Posted May 12, 2013 on AP on Fox
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Matt Kenseth has rarely been more pleased in victory than he was Saturday night at Darlington Raceway. Maybe that's because of what he overcame to achieve the win. Kenseth has long been one of NASCAR's stars, a past champion with two Daytona 500 titles. But the 41-year-old racer has found a new gear in his first season at Joe Gibbs Racing. Kenseth passed JGR teammate Kyle Busch with 13 laps left to win for the first time at Darlington and third time this season. The latest win came with replacement crew chief Wally Brown, pressed into service due to the suspension of Jason Ratcliff. Like most hurdles in Kenseth's way in his career, he drove through it on the way to what he hopes are bigger things ahead.

Matt Kenseth wins Southern 500 from Darlington Raceway, full race results

Matt Kenseth won the Bojangles Southern 500 from Darlington Raceway. The event which has been run on the Saturday before Mother’s Day saw a lot of green flag racing early at the track which had earned the nickname “too tough to tame.” Kurt Busch led the field to the green flag after setting a new track record in qualifying. Busch would lead the first 50 laps before surrendering...

New car tames Darlington

I think you can safely say the new NASCAR Sprint Cup Generation-6 car tamed the track Saturday night at Darlington Raceway. Obviously, you have to put Matt Kenseth in that same category, as well. For any driver, winning the Southern 500 is huge. Kenseth was so excited and said it was on his racing bucket list to accomplish. Once again, we saw him excited and energized. Every win...

Kenseth Relieved To Have Penalty Behind Him

You could say Matt Kenseth and his Joe Gibbs Racing team got an early Christmas gift when NASCAR reduced the penalties levied against him. They were given out after his victory in the STP 400 from the Kansas Speedway for an engine part that was too light. The part made no performance enhancement for Kenseth, and was given to the team by TRD engines that way. Kenseth, as you would...

Kenseth snags coveted Darlington win

Joe Gibbs Racing celebrated in Victory Lane on Saturday night at Darlington Raceway - but it wasn't with the Toyota that dominated the NASCAR Sprint Cup Southern 500. After leading 265 laps, Kyle Busch cut a tire in the closing laps and was forced to nurse the No. 18 car to the end. That allowed Matt Kenseth to capitalize on his teammate's misfortune and take the race win...

CUP: Kenseth Rallies, Wins Southern 500

Matt Kenseth passes teammate Kyle Busch to win at Darlington...

Matt Kenseth Wins Again

Rainier Ehrhardt/Getty Images Matt Kenseth snatched the lead from his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch with 13 laps to go and cruised to victory in the Bojangles’ Southern 500 from Darlington Raceway on Saturday night. Busch, who dominated the NASCAR Nationwide race the night before, dominated the Sprint Cup race leading 265 laps, but he ended up in sixth. Kenseth, won with...

Kenseth Captures Victory at the Track Too Tough to Tame

Photo- Getty Images A year of revival is now fully underway for Matt Kenseth as he picked up the win in Saturday Night’s Bojangles’ Southern 500. The win was his third of the season (Las Vegas, Kansas) and this is arguably the best start to a season Kenseth has ever had. One difference between this season and all of the other ones Kenseth has competed in? He’s now at Joe Gibbs...

Matt Kenseth, Joe Gibbs Racing riding high after Darlington win

The Southern 500, while no longer held on Labor Day is still looked at as one of NASCAR’s biggest races. Darlington remains the place where, in...

Toyota Racing Bojangles’ Southern 500 Race Recap

Camry driver Matt Kenseth was victorious in Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race at South Carolina’s Darlington Raceway. The victory is also Kenseth’s 27th career win and his third of the season. He also won at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (March) and Kansas Speedway (April). Kenseth led the field on three occasions for 17 laps. Toyota driver Kyle Busch (sixth...

Jimmie Johnson continues to lead the Sprint Cup standings after Darlington

Even with Matt Kenseth’s win at Darlington Raceway in the Bojangles Southern 500, Jimmie Johnson continues to lead the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings. Johnson holds a 44 point lead over Carl Edwards. With the win Kenseth moved up to third in the standings. Earlier this week he jumped from 11th to fourth after Joe Gibbs Racing’s appeal of a penalty at Kansas was over turned...

Kenseth wins Cup race at Darlington

Matt Kenseth pulls off stunning win as Kyle Busch fades late.

Joe Gibbs teams challenge Hendrick

There's a power shift occurring in the Sprint Cup garage. Hendrick Motorsports has long been considered NASCAR's juggernaut, but in 2013, Joe Gibbs Racing has raised the bar. With five wins this season -- three victories by JGR newcomer Matt Kenseth and two by Kyle Busch -- the company has collected nearly half the hardware. On Saturday night, Gibbs' Toyotas nearly...

NASCAR Sprint Cup Darlington highlights

Matt Kenseth. Kyle Busch. Kurt Busch. Kasey Kahne. See why everyone is talking about their Darlington runs.
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