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Kenseth Wins, Busch And Keselowski Feud In NNS Race

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Matt Kenseth takes the checkered flag in the NNS race at Kansas. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Alan Marler)

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Matt Kenseth won Saturday’s Kansas Lottery 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Kansas Speedway.

But Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski provided the fireworks – fireworks that resulted in Keselowski issuing a warning to Busch that could carry over to the remaining Sprint Cup races.

Kenseth pulled away after a restart with five laps left and won going away, as Paul Menard edged Regan Smith for second on the final lap. Busch ran fourth after causing the final caution by sending Keselowski into the fence on Lap 188.

Justin Allgaier ran fifth, followed by Austin Dillon, who took the series lead from Sam Hornish Jr., who came home 17th. Dillon leads Hornish by eight points with four races left in the season.

The victory was Kenseth’s second of the season in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, his first at the 1.5-mile speedway and the 28th of his career.

Keselowski surged into the lead after a restart on Lap 151 but surrendered the top spot to Kenseth on Lap 166. Busch caught Keselowski a few laps later, and as the cars that were 1-2 in the owners’ championship standings battled for the second position, Kenseth’s lead expanded from 1.4 seconds to more than 2.5.

With Kenseth streaking away, Busch closed up on Keselowski’s rear bumper. Contact from Busch’s No. 54 Camry sent Keselowski’s No. 22 Ford spinning toward the infield grass and then back up the track rear-end-first into the outside wall.

“Really?!” Keselowski said incredulously on his radio as his car began to spin.

Keselowski climbed from his car, which was would not restart, ran toward Busch’s pit pointing a menacing finger at Busch’s crew and then at his own, um, behind.

After the race, Keselowski inferred he might take action in future Cup races by saying that not being in the Chase playoff was an “advantage” for him when it comes to feuds.

“I got wrecked by a dirty driver,” Keselowski said. “There is no other way of putting it. He is cool with that. I have raced him really cool over the last year to be respectful to him and try to repair our relationship. I’ve watched him wreck my trucks and cost him from winning race. He put me in the fence in Chicago in the truck race and the Nationwide races he has been pulling this crap.”

Busch responded by saying, “If he wants to take it over to the other side of the garage area, then whatever. I’ve got more class than that.”

NASCAR Nationwide Series Race – Kansas Lottery 300

Kansas Speedway

Kansas City, Kansas

Saturday, October 05, 2013

1. (17) Matt Kenseth(i), Toyota, 200, $73450.

2. (4) Paul Menard(i), Chevrolet, 200, $57800.

3. (5) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 200, $57775.

4. (12) Kyle Busch(i), Toyota, 200, $32975.

5. (2) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 200, $38925.

6. (1) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 200, $38075.

7. (7) Parker Kligerman, Toyota, 200, $30325.

8. (9) Brad Sweet, Chevrolet, 200, $29225.

9. (8) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 200, $28135.

10. (3) Elliott Sadler, Toyota, 200, $30300.

11. (11) Alex Bowman #, Toyota, 200, $27950.

12. (18) Michael Annett, Ford, 200, $26200.

13. (21) Mike Bliss, Toyota, 200, $25650.

14. (20) Travis Pastrana, Ford, 200, $25140.

15. (25) James Buescher(i), Chevrolet, 200, $19580.

16. (10) Chris Buescher, Ford, 200, $24670.

17. (15) Sam Hornish Jr., Ford, 200, $24185.

18. (6) Brian Scott, Chevrolet, 200, $23925.

19. (30) Dakoda Armstrong(i), Chevrolet, 200, $23715.

20. (14) Nelson Piquet Jr. #, Chevrolet, 200, $24180.

21. (22) Ryan Sieg(i), Chevrolet, 200, $17395.

22. (34) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 199, $23285.

23. (28) Bryan Silas(i), Ford, 199, $23150.

24. (23) Johanna Long, Chevrolet, 199, $23040.

25. (36) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, 196, $23380.

26. (39) Jennifer Jo Cobb(i), Ford, 195, $22795.

27. (38) Eric McClure, Toyota, 191, $22685.

28. (13) Brad Keselowski(i), Ford, Accident, 187, $16565.

29. (16) Brian Vickers, Toyota, 179, $22415.

30. (19) Kyle Larson #, Chevrolet, Handling, 145, $22605.

31. (32) Mike Wallace, Chevrolet, 137, $22150.

32. (37) Ken Butler, Toyota, Accident, 131, $22040.

33. (33) TJ Bell, Chevrolet, Accident, 120, $21925.

34. (40) Carl Long, Dodge, Vibration, 102, $21814.

35. (27) Hal Martin #, Toyota, Accident, 80, $21689.

36. (24) Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, Engine, 77, $20445.

37. (29) Blake Koch, Toyota, Overheating, 28, $14325.

38. (31) JJ Yeley(i), Chevrolet, Vibration, 11, $14265.

39. (35) Josh Wise, Chevrolet, Rear Gear, 8, $13940.

40. (26) Jeff Green, Toyota, Vibration, 4, $13830.

Average Speed of Race Winner: 114.262 mph.

Time of Race: 2 Hrs, 37 Mins, 32 Secs. Margin of Victory: 0.952 Seconds.

Caution Flags: 11 for 50 laps.

Lead Changes: 17 among 10 drivers.

Lap Leaders: A. Dillon 1-6; J. Allgaier 7-19; P. Kligerman 20-26; J. Allgaier 27; M. Wallace 28; A. Dillon 29-30; R. Smith 31-57; M. Kenseth(i) 58; R. Smith 59-84; M. Kenseth(i) 85-86; P. Menard(i) 87; T. Bayne 88; C. Buescher 89-90; A. Dillon 91-118; R. Smith 119-146; T. Bayne 147-150; B. Keselowski(i) 151-165; M. Kenseth(i) 166-200.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): R. Smith 3 times for 81 laps; M. Kenseth(i) 3 times for 38 laps; A. Dillon 3 times for 36 laps; B. Keselowski(i) 1 time for 15 laps; J. Allgaier 2 times for 14 laps; P. Kligerman 1 time for 7 laps; T. Bayne 2 times for 5 laps; C. Buescher 1 time for 2 laps; M. Wallace 1 time for 1 lap; P. Menard(i) 1 time for 1 lap.

Top 10 in Points: A. Dillon – 1,024; S. Hornish Jr. – 1,016; R. Smith – 989; E. Sadler – 981; J. Allgaier – 959; B. Vickers – 957; B. Scott – 942; T. Bayne – 939; K. Larson # – 878; P. Kligerman – 858.

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Saturday, October 5 2013
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