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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) led a race-high 265 laps.
With 282 laps led by Camry drivers on Saturday, Toyota has now paced 2,073 circuits (of 3,549) during the NSCS season — more than 58 percent of all laps run in 2013.
Camry driver Denny Hamlin returned to the driver’s seat after a month-long hiatus following a back injury at California’s Auto Club Speedway in March and finished second.
Other Camry drivers in the field included Clint Bowyer (11th), Martin Truex Jr. (12th), Travis Kvapil (23rd), Mark Martin (25th), Bobby Labonte (26th), Joe Nemechek (31st), David Reutimann (36th), David Stremme (40th) and Mike Bliss (43rd).
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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...
Matt Kenseth was clearly relieved on Friday at Darlington Raceway.
Since the National Stock Car Racing Appeals Panel on Wednesday reduced the original NASCAR penalties to Kenseth, team owner Joe Gibbs and the No. 20 crew stemming from their winning engine at Kansas Speedway on April 21 failing to meet specifications, Kenseth can approach the next 16 races before the Chase for the...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Matt Kenseth passes teammate Kyle Busch to win at Darlington...
While NASCAR got it so wrong with Matt Kenseth, it is reassuring to know that the Appeals process works. This week the three member appeal board convened to hear the Joe Gibbs Racing team present their reasons why the penalties levied against them were unfair. That three member board agreed with JGR and significantly reduced the penalties, but not the fine. The $200,000 fine...
Unsinkable Matt Kenseth capped a banner week for unsinkable Joe Gibbs Racing with a victory in Saturday night's Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway with a substitute crew chief on his pit box—the unsinkable Wally Brown.
The past four days could hardly have been better for JGR, with Wednesday bringing a substantial reduction in penalties on appeal...
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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...
When Matt Kenseth and his Joe Gibbs Racing team won a significant reduction of penalties on appeal, the benefits for Kenseth were obvious.
But the National Stock CarRacing Appeals Panel's ruling also helped Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin, who needs every edge he can find in a long-shot attempt to make the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
Where Kenseth is concerned...
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...
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...
Many like to call Matt Kenseth NASCAR’s present-day David Pearson.
Known for his stealth-like driving style, Pearson wasn’t always the one who led the most laps in the race, but he was always there at the finish when it mattered.
That’s the exact trait Kenseth has been known for over the course of his thirteen full seasons at NASCAR’s top level.
With Pearson being known as...
WAITING OUT WET WEATHER IN ‘DEGA: Three Camry drivers recorded top-10 finishes in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race at Alabama’s Talladega Superspeedway following a near four-hour rain delay. Matt Kenseth (eighth) led a race-high 142 laps (of 192) and Toyota team owner Michael Waltrip (fourth) was the first Camry driver to the finish line, while his Michael Waltrip...