Matt Kenseth Wins Subway Firecracker 250

Jul 5, 2013; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Matt Kenseth (18) celebrates winning the Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

starting the Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway in 19th place, Matt Kenseth battled to the front with a little unforeseen help from James Buescher to earn the green-white-checkered flag Friday night. The victory marked the fourth for Kenseth at the racetrack, with two wins coming in the Daytona 500 and two from the Nationwide circuit. Kenseth is on a mini hot streak; he also won last Sunday’s Sprint Cup race in Kentucky. However, Friday’s race was marred by a six-car crash that caused the event to be red-flagged for more than nine minutes.

Buescher and Kenseth found themselves aligned when each driver lost their respective drafting partners. After the race, Buescher had this to say about teaming up with Kenseth:

He was the first guy I could push all day without the car getting hot. We were able to work together after that. For the green-white-checkered, the plan was to push him as far out as we could. If we had a big enough lead, I was going to try to make a move, but when we got to the white flag, I was pushing water. The engine was too hot.

Kenseth was similarly complimentary towards Buescher:

I knew he was the one that got us there and gave us the chance to win. I wasn’t as fast with other cars I was around, whether I was pushing them or being pushed. He did a really good job.

Topics: James Buescher, Matt Kenseth, NASCAR

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