Sunday, October 21, 2012

Kenseth Wins Caution Filled Kansas Race

Matt Kenseth captures third win of season (Getty)
Sporting News

On a day when driver after driver pounded the wall, Matt Kenseth was the last man standing, running away from the field at the end to win Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway.

Kenseth won for the third time this season despite hitting the wall early in a race that turned into a crashfest on the new pavement at Kansas. Martin Truex Jr. finished second followed by Paul Menard, Kasey Kahne and Tony Stewart.

Jimmie Johnson averted disaster, rallying to finish ninth despite an early crash to keep his championship hopes.

Brad Keselowski finished eighth to maintain the lead in the Chase for the Sprint standings, with Johnson finished right behind him. Denny Hamlin, who is third in the Chase, finished 13th.

Kenseth won the race off pit road after the final caution flag on Lap 213 and sped away from the field while Kahne and Menard battled for second.

The race featured a track-record 14 caution flags as numerous drivers spun and crashed on the repaved racing surface.

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