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Matt Kenseth wins Quaker State 400

Matt Kenseth wins Quaker State 400

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SPARTA, Ky. (AP)----Matt Kenseth's fuel-only pit road gamble helped him beat Jimmie Johnson late and win Sunday's rescheduled 400-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway.

A race that was Johnson's to lose ultimately became Kenseth's series-high fourth victory of the season even though he passed on getting new tires following the race's ninth caution. He widened his lead after a wild four-wide restart on lap 246 that saw Johnson's No. 48 Chevy spin from second place on a dominant day he led 182 of 267 laps. The series points leader finished ninth.

Kenseth led twice for 38 laps, including the final 23 in the No. 20 Toyota.

Second was Jamie McMurray in a Chevy, followed by Clint Bowyer, Joey Logano and Kyle Busch.

Rain on Saturday forced NASCAR officials to postpone the race to a daytime start.


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)---After postponing Saturday's Quaker State 400 race due to rain, the NASCAR race was moved to noon on Sunday.

The Sprint Cup race at the Kentucky Speedway was stopped temporarily by a red flag after a multicar accident.

The race began on time at noon, and didn't see any delays due to the weather.

On Saturday evening, officials used jet dryers to try to dry the track.

They say it takes crew about 2 hours to dry the track after it rains.

Earlier on Saturday afternoon, fans were also asked to leave the infield and grandstand areas due to lightning.  

Many brought covered tents for tailgating so the storm did not stop the party. Traffic has been an issue in years past but this year, fans seem to be satisfied.

"It was a mess. 71 was so backed up, it took a long time to get in. 2 to 4 hours to get it. This time it took us maybe half an hour," says Cheryl and Dennis Davis from Ohio.

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