At a track where passing is difficult, his second place starting position was pivotal. While other drivers had problems, Kenseth kept himself in a position to capitalize on their misfortune.
Tony Stewart was competitive at the beginning of the race but lost the handling on his car about halfway through the race. Stewart wasn’t able to contend for the win but was still able to salvage an eight place finish. He also gained two spots in the points and is now in fifth place.
Greg Biffle was also fast early in the race but a missing lug nut during a pit stop put him one lap down. Although he regained the lap, a late race scuffle with Stewart and a subsequent cut tire left Biffle with a fifteenth place finish.
Trevor Bayne had a strong top ten car throughout the race but a problem with a fuel cell caused him to run out of gas and go three laps down.
Five-time champion Jimmie Johnson provided the biggest surprise of the night. Johnson, who was racing for seventh position, crashed into the wall on lap 317 and destroyed the No. 48 Chevy, ending his night. Johnson dropped five positions in the points standings to eighth place, 35 points behind leader Carl Edwards.
When asked about the impact this would have on his quest for a sixth championship, Johnson said, “We just have to keep racing. That’s all there is to it. There’s five races left and a lot can happen in five races.”
Matt Kenseth has been steadily gaining ground and now sits third in the points standings. He was all smiles after the race.
“I’m happy to have won, obviously.” Kenseth continued, “I’m always thankful to get to victory lane. You never know if you’re ever gonna win another race or when your last win is, and I’m certainly thankful for them all and I greatly appreciate being in a position to be able to win races and these guys giving me the cars and the crew and the opportunity to do that.”
|Unofficial Race Results|
|Bank of America 500, Charlotte Motor Speedway|
|19||15||88||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||Chevrolet||25|
|23||18||56||Martin Truex Jr.||Toyota||21|
|42||40||277||Andy Lally *||Ford||2|