While many teams expected the race at Talladega Superspeedway to be the wild card in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway trumped that notion.
This wasn't your typical intermediate track romp. This was a race for survival, particularly for the champion contenders in an event that was mired by a record 14 caution periods - the most of any track all season.
Roush Fenway Racing lame duck Matt Kenseth scored his 24th career NASCAR Cup win on Sunday - and his second in three weeks. However, his day was not without drama. Kenseth hit the wall on Lap 173 while attempting to avoid Aric Almirola, who spun on the backstretch.
Kenseth recovered and regained the lead on Lap 218. He held the point for the final 49 laps.
Still, with Kenseth's 55-point deficit to points leader Brad Keselowski with four races remaining in the Chase, it's hardly likely that the No. 17 team will be in the mix come the season finale at Miami-Homestead Speedway.