Matt Kenseth Holds On For Third Career Victory at Dover Speedway
Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Dover International Speedway came down to a wild finish over the last five laps with Kyle Larson looking for his first Cup victory hot on the tail of Matt Kenseth. On a couple of turns he pulled alongside of him, but using the outside groove Kenseth held on to the lead and won for the first time this season and third time at Dover. It's Kenseth's 37th Sprint Cup victory.
Despite leading 85 laps, Larson was forced to settle for second place for the fourth time in his brief Sprint Cup career. Rookie Chase Elliott, Kasey Kahne and Kurt Busch completed the Top 5.
An 18-car pile-up on a restart with 46 laps left ended the day early for a number of top drivers including Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Kyle Busch, Greg Biffle and Aric Almirola. The wreck happened when Jimmie Johnson couldn't get up to speed with an apparent mechanical problem and a line of cars behind him couldn't stop. Johnson finished 25th.
Kevin Harvick started from the pole and led a race-high 117 laps, but a series of early pit stops put him well behind. He finished 15th, but still leads the points standings by 21 points over Kyle Busch.
The Sprint Cup All-Star race is next Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway. 15 current drivers are eligible for the All-Star race, plus up to four more can also qualify based on the results of the Sprint Showdown and the Fan Vote.