Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 10/12/14
Sunday's Kobalt Tools 400 was the season's first 1.5-mile oval race of the season. As expected, the top teams looked competitive. Joe Gibbs Racing, Hendrick Motorsports and Penske Racing made their presences felt. Those names could be indicative of who will be charging hard for the championship since so much of the schedule is made up of these types of tracks. Kasey Kahne appeared to have the best car throughout much of the afternoon. He led the most laps on the day, but fell behind in the final pit stops. The track position he lost ultimately was the key to victory for Matt Kenseth. The birthday boy was not as quick as Kahne, but the track position Kenseth picked up on the final stop put him in position to defend the lead. The tires on his machine gave him just enough grip to keep the hard-charging Kahne behind him for the victory. Excitement will grow even more for this week. The tiny bullring of Bristol Motor Speedway is in store. Tempers typically flare at the tight track, and...
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