Monster Win For Kenseth

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DOVER, Del. - Matt Kenseth and Jamie McMurray are teammates at Roush Racing. But once both drivers are on the track, they may as well be complete strangers.

Kenseth denied teammate McMurray of his second career NEXTEL Cup Series win as he passed him with three laps to go on to victory in Sunday's Neighborhood Excellence 400 at Dover International Speedway.

It was Kenseth's first career Cup victory at the "Monster Mile" and his second win of the 2006 season.

Kenseth ran down McMurray after a battle for Kevin Harvick for second place and finally was able to move his DeWalt Ford around for the lead on lap 397. He pulled out to a five car lead when he took the checkered flag.

Harvick hung on for third followed by Richard Childress Racing teammate Jeff Burton. Kyle Busch rounded out the Top 5.

"That was fun," Kenseth said. "Nobody wanted to give an inch. Kevin, Jamie and Jeff were fun to race with. It was an exciting win."

Kenseth was able to power his Ford to the front and pass his way into the lead on his way to his 12th career NEXTEL Cup win.

"They were leaving me plenty of room to pass," Kenseth said. "I just caught him at the right time and was able to just barely squeeze in front."

McMurray was still pleased with his runnerup finish and knew his teammate was going to be a challenge eventually.

"When I could see Matt catching Kevin, I knew it was going to make it interesting," McMurray said. "I just got tight at the end."

It was McMurray's second straight Top 10 finish.

"Making the chase is a huge deal," he said. "If we can run as well as we did today, we'll make the chase."

Jimmie Johnson completed an amazing day that saw him start 42nd, lose a lap and eventually battle back into the front of the field to finish sixth.

Kasey Kahne, Greg Biffle, Mark Martin and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. completed the first ten finishers.

Tony Stewart started the race with his broken right shoulder blade and was replaced by Ricky Rudd on the race's first caution at lap 39.

Rudd went on to finish 25th, giving Stewart 88 championship points for the day.

"I feel like I got beat up," Stewart said. "We did what we had to do."

Johnson's lead in the NEXTEL Cup Series points standings is 74 over Kenseth with Martin, Earnhardt, Jr. and Stewart rounding out the Top 5.

The NEXTEL Cup Series now heads to Pocono International Raceway for next Sunday's Pocono 500.

        

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