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BY JERRY BONKOWSKI (FEATURED COLUMNIST) ON APRIL 21, 2013
Joe and J.D. Gibbs may be upset that three of their team's race cars were torn up in wrecks in Sunday's STP 400 at Kansas Speedway, but any frustration was quickly erased when Matt Kenseth crossed the finish line with his second win of the season for Joe Gibbs Racing.
On the flip side, Kenseth's teammate, Kyle Busch, had a terrible
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Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 The Home Depot/Husky Toyota, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 400 at Kansas Speedway on April 21, 2013 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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How bad of a day would Sunday at Kansas have been for Joe Gibbs Racing had they not added Matt...
Watch out for Matt Kenseth. The past NASCAR Sprint Cup champion is off to a stellar start to the season.
On Sunday at Kansas Speedway, Matt Kenseth was the driver to watch throughout the NASCAR Sprint Cup STP 400. He led the first 74 laps, lost the edge on a pit sequence, then moved back to the front late in the race.
And then he never looked back. Kasey Kahne chased him, but Kenseth...
Matt Kenseth on pole today for STP 400 at Kansas Speedway…
Sometimes the grass really is greener on the other side of the fence.
It would be hard to argue that point where Matt Kenseth is concerned.
More often than not, changing rides in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series brings a period of acclimation, as a driver learns the ropes at his new team. Oftentimes, success doesn't come quickly or easily for the new kid on the block.
Typically, Matt Kenseth hasn’t been known for his qualifying ability but rather a model of consistency when it comes to race day.
Friday afternoon marked the ninth time in 480 career Sprint Cup Series races that Kenseth will start a race from the pole position after winning the pole for Sunday’s STP 400 at Kansas Speedway.
In the process, Kenseth broke the previous track record...
Matt Kenseth won the STP 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race after starting from the pole on Sunday at Kansas Speedway.
Kenseth led 110 of the first 111 laps of the race before losing some spots on pit road because of pit strategy during a caution. He regained the top spot with less than 50 laps to go in the 267-lap race and held off Kasey Kahne for his second win of the season. ...
Matt Kenseth battling late in the race for the win with Kasey Kahne.
Where have we seen his episode before?
In what looked to be a carbon copy of last month’s Sprint Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the win in Sunday’s STP 400 would come down to a late-race shootout between Kenseth and Kahne around the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway.
Once again dodging in and out of lapped traffic...
Matt Kenseth takes the checkered flag at Kansas.
MATT KENSETH, No. 20 Home Depot/Husky Tools Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing | Starting Position: 1st
What made the lap so strong? “It’s not me, it’s everybody at TRD (Toyota Racing Development), JGR (Joe Gibbs Racing) and Jason Ratcliff (crew chief) and the boys. Thank Home Depot, Husky Tools and Dollar General. This thing was kind of a struggle most of the day. I felt like...
The STP 400 at Kansas Speedway was a strategic race that saw teams play out a number of different tactics. Matt Kenseth qualified on pole, and led the most laps, but he wasn't necessarily the dominant car all afternoon. The differing strategies mixed the order back and forth, while cautions threw wrenches into the plans of some teams. Still, Kenseth rightly was out front as the...
Matt Kenseth won his second race of 2013 with a win Sunday at Kansas. It was his second consecutive win at the track after winning the fall race last year.
Matt Kenseth will lead a field of 43 cars to the green flag in Sundays race at Kansas Speedway for the STP 400. In winning the pole Kenseth set a new track record.
Coverage of the race will begin on FOX at 12:30 pm EST while the green flag is set for 1:16 pm EST.
The race will consist of 267 laps around the 1.5 mile track.
Denny Hamlin won this event last year while Kenseth captured...
Matt Kenseth did no favors for old friends Friday at Kansas Speedway.
With a track-record lap at 191.864 mph (28.145 seconds), Kenseth knocked former Roush Fenway Racing teammate Carl Edwards off the provisional pole at the 1.5-mile intermediate track and held the top starting spot for Sunday's STP 400.
Edwards watched in disbelief as Kenseth, the next-to-last driver to make...
Could this be the weekend that Ford finally steps up?
In the first seven races of the season, the Sprint Cup Series has been a battle between Toyota and Chevy. Both manufacturers have enjoyed three trips to victory lane. Toyota Camrys have posted the top qualifying speed in five of the first eight events after Las Vegas time trials were rained out.
With the exception of Carl Edwards...
If you were monitoring Matt Kenseth on a scanner, you heard his spotter, Chris "Crazy" Osborne, telling the driver what line Kasey Kahne was running lap after lap as Kahne closed in to challenge for the win.
Was Kenseth planning to take Kahne's line away if it came to that, or was he still searching for a faster way around the race track?
"He was just trying...