Monday, May 16, 2016

RACE RECAP - Dover International Speedway

AAA 400 Drive for Autism
Dover International Speedway  – Dover, Delaware
Sunday, May 15, 2016

Race Winner: Matt Kenseth
Age: 44
Team: No. 20 – Dollar General Toyota
Owner: Joe Gibbs Racing
Crew Chief: Jason Ratcliff

IN THE WORDS OF THE WINNER -- “It feels great to get this one for sure. A great racing organization obviously at Joe Gibbs Racing, everyone at Toyota and TRD (Toyota Racing Development) have done a great job. These engines and power and designs we have – I’m thankful to be driving this thing. Thanks to Dollar General, DeWALT – they’re great sponsors – Citizen, Gatorade, WileyX, Interstate Batteries – we have great partners and couldn’t do it without them. We were tight all night on restarts and then finally on that last one we got so loose I thought Kyle (Larson) was going to get by me. Kept digging the best I could and tried to hold on.” - Matt Kenseth


·         Matt Kenseth won the 47th AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway Sunday, his 37th victory in 590 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. It is his first victory and fourth top-10 finish in 2016.  

·         It is Kenseth’s third victory and 23rd top-10 finish in 35 races at Dover International Speedway.

·         In Kenseth’s 19-year Sprint Cup career, it is the 13th time where he has at least one victory in a season.

·         With the triumph, all four Joe Gibbs Racing teammates (Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin) have made their way to victory lane this year, securing their spot in this year’s Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

·         Kyle Larson (second) posted his fourth top-10 finish in five races at Dover International Speedway. It is his second top-5 and third top-10 finish in 2016.

·         Chase Elliott (third) posted his fourth top-5 finish and eighth top-10 finish through 12 races this season.

·         With Kasey Kahne’s fourth place finish in the AAA 400 Drive for Autism, he now has two top-5 and 4 top-10 finishes on the year.

·         Kurt Busch’s fifth place finish Sunday is his second top-5 finish in as many weeks and sixth-straight top-10.

·         Kevin Harvick (15th) led for a race-high 117 laps at Dover International Speedway.

·         Kevin Harvick (418) leads the 2016 points standing by 21 points over Kyle Busch (397).  The following are the top five drivers in points through the first 12 races:

Driver                                           Wins               Points
Kevin Harvick                              1                      418
Kyle Busch                                  3                      397
Kurt Busch                                  0                      386
Carl Edwards                              2                      381
Jimmie Johnson                         2                      370

·         With Sunday’s win, Matt Kenseth joins Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick as the seven drivers to have qualified for the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. The Chase culminates with the Ford EcoBoost 400 championship race on November 20 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

·         In 16 Sprint Cup starts at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Matt Kenseth has posted four top-5 finishes and eight top 10s, including a win in the 2007 Ford 400. In 2003, Kenseth celebrated his first title at Homestead-Miami Speedway after being crowned the Winston Cup Series champion.

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