Matt Kenseth wins 2011 NASCAR Samsung Mobile 500

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Sunday, April 10, 2011

File photo of Matt Kenseth
Image: Rick R. Duncan.

Roush Fenway Racing driver Matt Kenseth won his first race of the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season on Saturday during the Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. The win was his first since the beginning of the 2009 season. Throughout the course of the race there were five cautions and 31 lead changes among 13 drivers.

On the 214th lap, a three car accident occured, prompting Mark Martin, Regan Smith and Martin Truex, Jr. to drive to the garage for repairs. Afterward, Truex said: "We were struggling a little bit tonight...It’s unfortunate. We sure didn’t need to be wrecked." Toward the conclusion of the race, Kenseth, who became the sixth different winner in the season, retook the first position after Kurt Busch pitted.

Afterward, he remained the leader to finish ahead of Clint Bowyer in second. Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle and Paul Menard followed in the next three positions. Marcos Ambrose managed the sixth position ahead of David Ragan in seventh. Jimmie Johnson followed Ragan in eighth, while Dale Earnhardt, Jr could only manage ninth. Kurt Busch rounded out the top ten finishers in the race.

After doing his victory lap, Kenseth said: "Especially after two years, I didn’t know if I’d have a chance to get here again." Bowyer followed Kenseth's statement saying: "I didn’t have anything for him. I was driving as hard as I could to stay in front of him. It was a solid run, one we can all be proud of."

Following the race, Edwards became Drivers' Championship leader with 256 points. Next, Kyle Busch is second with 247, four points ahead of Kenseth and Johnson. Busch and Earnhardt are fifth and sixth respectively with 240 and 235 points. Ryan Newman, Juan Pablo Montoya, Kevin Harvick, and Tony Stewart round out the top-ten point positions.

The 2011 season will continue on April 17, 2011 at Talladega Superspeedway for the 2011 Aarons' 499. The race will be televised in the U.S. on the FOX Network at 1:00 p.m. EDT.


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