Matt Kenseth concluded his 500th career start in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in style, winning the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway by a slim 0.533 seconds over Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch. The win was the seventh of the year for Kenseth and the 31st for his career, but it was also the first time he’s ever won at New Hampshire. More importantly, the victory makes Kenseth 2 for 2 in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, in which he now holds a 14-point lead over Busch.
Kenseth was understandably ecstatic after the race:
I felt really confident with my car today, but to have a fast car and to be able to do all the right things with adjustments and strategy and pit stops and all that stuff and be out front and win is two different things. So I’m thankful to be part of this group, and it honestly doesn’t really seem real that we won yet today (NASCAR.com).
After Kenseth and Busch, rounding out the top ten on Sunday were Greg Biffle, Jimmie Johnson, Jamie McMurray, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Brian Vickers, Jeff Burton, Carl Edwards, and Martin Truex Jr.
The next race in the Chase will be next Sunday at Dover International Speedway.