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Late Pass Gives Kenseth Nationwide Victory

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Saturday, May 28 2011

Matt Kenseth won Saturday's Nationwide race. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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Matt Kenseth passed Roush Fenway Racing teammate Carl Edwards with three laps to go and went on to win the Top Gear 300 Nationwide Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday afternoon.

The victory was the first of the year for Kenseth, who was named to replace Trevor Bayne in the No. 16 car earlier in the week. It was the 26th NNS victory of Kenseth’s career.

“It was intense there,” he said. “I cleared Carl the one time and he passed me right back. We had new tires and were able to get him there at the end. It was the first time I’ve driven a Mustang out there and just had a blast. I’m glad Trevor is feeling better and will be back next week, but I had a blast driving for him today.

“It really wasn’t easy. But the cars are just really fast. It feels good to beat Carl. He’s really one of the best out there and when you can beat him, you know you had a good game.”

Edwards finished second and Kyle Busch was third.

“We just didn’t the speed” to keep up with the Roush cars, Busch said. “But we had a good day today.”

Ricky Stenhouse Jr., a third Roush Fenway Ford driver, was fourth. Stenhouse moved to within one point of leader Elliott Sadler, who finished 10th.

Reed Sorenson was fifth.

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Saturday, May 28 2011
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