Monday, March 11, 2013
Matt Kenseth Wins at Las Vegas
On his 41st birthday, Kenseth held off Kasey Kahne to win the Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for his first win since moving to Gibbs during the offseason.
Kenseth, the 2003 Cup champion, drove for Roush for 13 years, winning 24 races, including two at Las Vegas, where Roush has dominated over the years. But in a race dominated by Gibbs and powerhouse Hendrick Motorsports, Kenseth held off Hendrick's Kahne for the win.
"This is awesome," an emotional Kenseth said in victory lane. "I just want to thank the Lord for this opportunity. I just knew it. I felt really good about this group and I really feel like this is just the beginning."
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Las Vegas Race Facts
* Matt Kenseth won the 16th Annual Kobalt Tools 400, his 25th victory in 475 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. This is Toyota's 50 Sprint Cup Series victory.
* This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in 2013. Today is Kenseth's 41st birthday. Cale Yarborough won twice on his birthday; Kyle Busch once.
* This is his third victory and seventh top-10 finish in 14 races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway .
* Kasey Kahne (second) posted his fifth top-10 finish in ten races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway . It is his first top-10 finish in 2013.
* Brad Keselowski (third) posted his first top-10 finish in five races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway .
* Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (18th) was the highest finishing rookie.
* Jimmie Johnson leads the point standings by 5 points over Brad Keselowski.