It was another wild finish at Daytona Saturday night, as Tony Stewart charged past Matt Kenseth on the last lap and held on as the challengers stacked up behind him.
“I don’t even remember what happened on that last lap,” said the two-time Kansas Speedway winner. “You know, it’s just being at the right place at the right time, and when those last two big wrecks happened, we were in the right spot.”
Jeff Burton had a season-best second-place finish, followed by Matt Kenseth, Joey Logano and Ryan Newman.
It was Stewart’s third victory of the season, which tied him for the most in the Sprint Cup series with Brad Keselowski. With the victory, the defending Sprint Cup champion gained confidence in his ability to defend his title and he feels he has earned enough wins this season to ensure his spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
“It’s not a guarantee, but it’s nice to know we’ve got those three wins. I would think (the Chase) would be a virtual lock that we have those wins. Hopefully we won’t have to use them.”
Matt Kenseth maintained his lead in the Sprint Cup point standings with Dale Earnhardt Jr. 25 points behind in second, Greg Biffle gained one position to third, Jimmie Johnson fell one spot to fourth and Stewart improved four spots to fifth place.
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Kurt Busch went to victory lane on Friday night in Daytona for the first time with Phoenix Racing.
“It’s just a matter of putting yourself in position to win,” said Busch. “We overcame our damage. We could have folded, but these guys jumped into action and didn’t give up.”
Less than half of the field remained on the lead lap for the final green-white-checkered finish. Busch pushed Austin Dillon on the restart, but made a move to the front with one lap to go and held on to the finish.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finished second, followed by Michael Annett, Dillon and Joey Logano.
Elliott Sadler maintained his lead in the Nationwide Series point standings with Dillon only two points behind in second, defending series champion Stenhouse is third and Sam Hornish Jr. and Justin Allgaier round out the top five.
Tickets to the Hollywood Casino 400, the sixth race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, are on sale now by calling 866-460-RACE (7223) or logging onto www.kansasspeedway.com. Tickets to the Kansas Lottery 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the Kansas Lottery 98.9 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards race are also on sale now.
Parking is always free at Kansas Speedway and fans can bring their own food and drink into the grandstands in a 14x14x14-inch soft-sided cooler.