NASCAR Dover: Matt Kenseth takes narrow victory

Matt Kenseth hung on to win his first NASCAR Sprint Cup race of the season at Dover, in a heated battle with Kyle Larson

NASCAR Dover: Matt Kenseth takes narrow victory

The Joe Gibbs Racing driver ended his run of bad luck in a race that featured a massive pile-up caused by Jimmie Johnson, which brought out the red flag and allowed Kenseth to lead heading into the final 40 laps.

Larson was his nearest challenger at the restart, driving aggressively to stay right on the bumper of Kenseth as the pair reached the chequered flag separated by a tenth of a second.

Further back there were some damaged cars finishing in the top 10, including Brad Keselowski who finished sixth having led the race at the halfway point.

But contact with backmarker Austin Dillon damaged the front left of his car severely, which meant he lost ground heading into the final round of pitstops.

Denny Hamlin recovered to seventh place having spent the first half of the race a lap down due to 'improper fuelling' on his first stop.

He managed to get back on the lead lap and into clean air after a debris caution, before pitting again and avoiding the later pile-up caused by Johnson.

Polesitter Kevin Harvick got caught up in the crash with Johnson, which added yet more misery to his race after he lost the lead due to slow pitstops from the Stewart-Haas pit crew. He ended up finishing in 15th.

RESULTS - 400 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 3h39m29.s
2 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 0.187s
3 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 0.633s
4 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 2.670s
5 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 3.308s
6 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 4.238s
7 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 4.260s
8 Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing Ford 6.500s
9 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 6.706s
10 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 8.380s
11 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 10.903s
12 Clint Bowyer HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 11.692s
13 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 12.073s
14 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 12.288s
15 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 1 Lap
16 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 2 Laps
17 David Ragan BK Racing Toyota 3 Laps
18 Chris Buescher Front Row Motorsports Ford 4 Laps
19 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports Ford 4 Laps
20 Michael McDowell Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 4 Laps
21 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 5 Laps
22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 9 Laps
23 A.J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 9 Laps
24 Brian Scott Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 10 Laps
25 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 13 Laps
26 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 26 Laps
27 Cole Whitt Premium Motorsports Chevrolet Vibration
28 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Accident
29 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford Accident
30 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Accident
31 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford Accident
32 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Accident
33 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 55 Laps
34 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet Suspension
35 Jeffrey Earnhardt Go FAS Racing Ford 66 Laps
36 Josh Wise The Motorsports Group Chevrolet 69 Laps
37 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet Accident
38 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet Accident
39 Regan Smith Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet Accident
40 Matt DiBenedetto BK Racing Toyota Accident


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