Saturday, May 28, 2011

NNS: Matt Kenseth wins at the Top Gear 300

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Matt Kenseth won for the third time in his career at Charlotte Motor Speedway; for Nationwide Series it's his first start and victory of the season. Kenseth's celebrated his 28th victory in 248 starts in the Nationwide Series races. Kenseth started third in the No. 16 Fastenal Ford Mustang, driving in place of Trevor Bayne.

Bayne was in Kenseth's pit box today and looks forward to returning to the track next weekend. Kenseth said to the press in victory lane earlier, "this is the first Nationwide COT race I've run. I haven't run in over a year, so it was nice to get in this car and come out here and have some fun on Saturday."

Carl Edwards drove his No. 60 Fastenel Ford Mustang to a second place finish after starting in fifth place. Post race he said, "That was a lot of fun. I hope the fans enjoyed that." This is Edwards' seventh top ten finish in 13 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is this weekend's hot ticket after he started on the pole today. He drove his No. 6 Fastenel Ford Mustang to a fourth place finish and was the highest finishing Nationwide only driver.
The three Roush Fenway Fords were hard to distinguish in matching Fastenal sponsorships this week.
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All three drivers are scheduled to start in the Coca Cola 600 tomorrow night. Edwards will start in row two in the 3rd position; Kenseth will start in row ten in 19th position and Stenhouse Jr. will make his very first Sprint Cup race (in place of teammate and friend Trevor Bayne) in row five in 6th position. Stenhouse will be climbing into the infamous No. 21 for Wood Brothers Racing, a seat many legends have filled.

Results:


1. Matt Kenseth
2. Carl Edwards
3. Kyle Busch
4. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
5. Reed Sorenson
6. Brad Keselowski
7. Steven Wallace
8. Brian Scott
9. Aric Almirola
10. Elliott Sadler
11. Joey Logano
12. Sam Hornish Jr.
13. Justin Allgaier
14. Michael Annett
15. Cole Whitt
16. Kevin Harvick
17. Josh Wise
18. Mike Bliss
19. Danny Efland
20. Kenny Wallace
21. Jason Leffler
22. Kasey Kahne
23. Timmy Hill
24. Morgan Shepherd
25. Mike Wallace
26. Jeremy Clements
27. Kimi Raikkonen
28. Eric McClure
29. Joe Nemechek
30. Derrike Cope
31. Jennifer Jo Cobb
32. Dennis Setzer
33. Kevin Lepage
34. Blake Koch
35. Jeffrey Earnhardt
36. Robert Richardson Jr.
37. John Jackson
38. Tim Andrews
39. Carl Long
40. Mike Harmon
41. David Green 
42. Kelly Bires
43. Jeff Green

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