It took all day and most of the night, but Matt Kenseth held off determined Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon to win the "Food City 511." Kenseth won from the pole and snapped a 52-race winning streak. The race was slowed by red flags three times and extended 11 laps by one green-white-checkered attempt.
Matt Kenseth posted a lap of 128.632 mph and won the pole for the Food City 500 Supporting Steve Byrnes and Stand Up to Cancer.
Matt Kenseth has been seesawing in 2015. Three of his six starts ended in top-10 finishes, including a fifth at Atlanta and a fourth at Martinsville. His other three ended outside the top 15.
A fourth-place finish by Matt Kenseth in the STP 500 kept a current streak of four consecutive results of sixth or better at Martinsville alive for Matt Kenseth. He led 11 laps during the afternoon and challenged for the win near the end.
Matt Kenseth appeared to be destined to finish in the top five in Sunday’s Auto Club 400 until he snapped an axle during a late-race pit stop. He lost one lap making repairs, but got back on the same circuit with the leaders and finished 31st.
Matt Kenseth had a very Kenseth-like afternoon and crossed under the checkers ninth in the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas. He spent fewer than 10 laps among the top five and about 100 in the top 10, but was in the right position at the end of the race.
Matt Kenseth made the decision to stay out on old tires with 15 laps remaining and the gamble paid off with a fifth-place finish. For most of the day, even tires with only a handful of laps fell off quickly and sent drivers dropping rapidly to the back.
When Matt Kenseth failed to clear inspection on Friday, it snapped a four-race streak of qualifying in the top 10 at Atlanta.
Matt Kenseth won his first Sprint Unlimited over Martin Truex Jr. and Carl Edwards. He led 21 of the 75 laps and led by 0.219 seconds at the checkers
Based on his career record, Matt Kenseth is likely to finish in the top 10 in the Sprint Unlimited. In eight previous starts, he has recorded five such finishes.
Matt Kenseth’s sixth-place finish in the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway was his fourth result of sixth or better in his last five attempts this season.
Sprint Cup regular Matt Kenseth wins the Ford EcoBoost 300, his 29th victory in 283 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
Matt Kenseth has been sporadically strong and then modest at Homestead since scoring his first and so far only victory at Homestead. He won in 2007, but has only three top-10s in his last six attempts.
Matt Kenseth finished third in the Quicken Loans 500k. Like Jeff Gordon, his undoing was an uncharacteristically bad finish the previous week in the AAA Texas 500.