Kenseth Wins; Keselowski-Busch Feud
By: Pete Pistone - @PPistone on October 5, 2013 | 6:40 P.M. EST
Kesneth celebrates his 28th career win. (Photo: Jeff Wackerlin)
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Matt Kenseth outran the field to score a victory in Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway.
Kenseth overcame a caution-filled race to score his 28th career Nationwide Series victory and first at Kansas Speedway. It was his second win of the season.
The Joe Gibbs Racing driver endured a challenging day including stretching his last fuel run and managing the team’s final set of tires to score the victory.
“We had a fast racecar when we got here on Friday,” said Kenseth. “We got a good jump on the final restart and were able to get to the end with the fuel we had at the end there to get the win.”
But the race featured an incident between Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch that could have Sprint Cup Series ramifications.
Busch ran into the rear end of Keselowski as the two raced down the front stretch battling for second place on lap 188 and sent the Penske Racing Mustang into the wall.
Once he climbed from his battered racecar, Keselowski sprinted all the way down pit road to the infield care center before finally returning to the Nationwide Series garage.
“I got wrecked by a dirty driver,” said Keselowski. “There is no other way of putting it. He is cool with that. I have raced him really cool over the last year to be respectful to him and try to repair our relationship. I’ve watched him wreck my trucks and cost him from winning race. He put me in the fence in Chicago in the truck race and the Nationwide races he has been pulling this crap.
“It is not gonna last I can tell you that. I feel bad for the guys next to me that are going to have to fix his stuff. That is going to be part of racing and they are going to have to deal with it.”
Keselowski added payback is very much on his mind.
"I'm not going to stand for it and he's got more to lose...that's one good thing about not being in Chase," he said.
Busch explained his view of the situation and answered Keselowski’s challenge of potential retaliation toward his Sprint Cup championship quest.
"It was hard racing,” Busch explained. “There were a lot of moments where we got ourselves a little crowded. The contact that ultimately ended it, I just got real tight coming off four, underneath him, behind him and everything else. I couldn't stay in the gas to get a run on him. I got to his quarter and side-drafted him down the straightaway and I got too tight. We got a little too close there one time and didn't give myself enough room and then had the last restart.
”Well, Brad Keselowski dumped me at Watkins Glen and I let he and Jimmie (Johnson) battle it out and I had the opportunity a few times to wreck him in the Chase, but I was the bigger man. If he wants to take it over to the other side of the garage area, then whatever. You know what? I’ve got ... I've got more class than that.”
Paul Menard, Regan Smith, Busch and Justin Allgaier rounded out the top five.
Sam Hornish Jr. had trouble and scraped the wall in the closing stages of the race to allow sixth place finisher Austin Dillon to take the Nationwide Series point lead by eight.
"We've got to keep on doing what we've done," said Dillon.
Dillon, Parker Kligerman, Brad Sweet, Trevor Bayne and Elliott Sadler completed the first ten finishers.
The race was slowed by 11 cautions for 50 laps. There were 17 lead changes among ten drivers.
The NASCAR Nationwide Series now heads to Charlotte Motor Speedway next Friday night.