Kenseth Doubles Down In Vegas
March 7, 2004 | 5:30 P.M. EST
Kenseth took the lead from Kevin Harvick with 37 laps to go and drove the DeWalt Tools Ford to his ninth career Nextel Cup Series win. The victory gives car owner Jack Roush five wins in the seven series races held at Las Vegas Motor Speedway since 1998.
"We've just got unbelievable equipment and an unbelievable team," Kenseth said. "This is a driver's dream come true - being able to dominate the way we have the past two races."
"It's been a fun two weeks, the most fun I've had in a race car in my life," Kenseth continued. "Man, this thing was fun to drive."
Polesitter Kasey Kahne trailed Kenseth across the finish line in a repeat of the last race held two weeks ago at North Carolina Speedway. Tony Stewart was third with Jamie McMurray and Mark Martin rounding out the Top 5.
"I never expected this," said Kahne, who started the season with an engine failure at Daytona and a 41st place finish. "I've never been in such a good situation."
"To run second in these races is fine with me right now. We want to win and we're going to win sometime."
Elliott Sadler, Casey Mears, Bobby Labonte, Kurt Busch and Rusty Wallace completed the first ten finishers.
There were eighteen lead changes among ten different drivers. Kenseth, who started 25th, led 123 total laps including the final 38.
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. who led the series point standings coming into the day's action, struggled all day long and wound up 35th. That allowed Kenseth to move to the top of this year's standings followed by Stewart, Sadler, Jeff Gordon and Kurt Busch.
The Nextel Cup Series now heads to Atlanta Motor Speedway for next Sunday's Golden Corral 500.