Kenseth’s Strong finish leads three Roush Fenway Fords in Top 11 of race
FONTANA, Calif. (March 27, 2011) – Matt Kenseth drove to an impressive fourth-place finish in the waning laps of Sunday’s Auto Club 400 Sprint Cup race to lead three Roush Fenway cars in the top 11 of the event, but it was Carl Edwards who used a sixth-place finish to claim the Sprint Cup points lead; giving Roush Fenway the lead in both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series (Ricky Stenhouse Jr.)
The race’s final caution was waved with 12 laps remaining, setting up a wild and frantic finish. Kenseth used a two-tire stop on the race’s final stop to catapult his No. 17 Crown Royal Ford to the top-five finish.
Edwards elected to stay out on the caution and finished sixth, while Greg Biffle rebounded from a 32nd starting position to finish 11th. David Ragan, who qualified sixth, rounded out the Roush Fenway effort with a 22nd-place finish.
Kenseth used the top-five finish to move up three spots to 10th in the points. After a tough start to the season, Biffle climbed up three more spots to 20th and David Ragan is 22nd after five races. Edwards leads the standing by nine points over second-place Ryan Newman.
The Sprint Cup Series will return to action next weekend at the short track of Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, where Roush Fenway has four wins and has led over 1,300 laps in Sprint Cup action.