Matt Kenseth earns 2nd win in last three starts, dominates Pure Michigan 400

untitled1From the pole to victory lane, Matt Kenseth dominated Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) Pure Michigan 400, as Kenseth leads the most laps and finishes 1.722 seconds ahead of Kevin Harvick for the victory at Michigan International Speedway (MIS).

Kenseth, who led 146 laps out of the 200 that were scheduled to be completed, received his third series win and 15th top-10 finish of the 2015 season, his 34th series career win in 567 races and his third series win in 33 races at Michigan International Speedway.

Following Kenseth and the current series points leader, Harvick, to the drop of the checkered flag were Martin Truex Jr. finishing third, Austin Dillon fourth and Kenseth’s fellow Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) teammate, Denny Hamlin finished fifth.

Another JGR driver, Carl Edwards, brought home sixth-place, while Joey Logano finished seventh, Ryan Newman eighth, Brad Keselowski ninth and Dale Earnhardt Jr. claimed 10th-place. With his second-place finish, Kevin Harvick leaves Michigan with a 48-point lead over Joey Logano.

RACE NOTES:
Average Speed: 143.455 MPH
Time of Race: 02 Hrs, 47 Mins, 18 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 1.722 Seconds
Lead Changes: 16 among 8 drivers
Cautions: 8 for 31 laps

Up Next: Saturday night short-track action with the IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 22nd, and with an approximate starting time of 7:50 p.m. (ET)

Pure Michigan 400 Race Results
Pos. Car # Driver Laps Status Laps Led Points Bonus Points
1 20 Matt Kenseth 200 Running 146 48 54
2 4 Kevin Harvick 200 Running 15 43 1
3 78 Martin Truex Jr. 200 Running 0 41 0
4 3 Austin Dillon 200 Running 19 41 1
5 11 Denny Hamlin 200 Running 0 39 0
6 19 Carl Edwards 200 Running 5 39 1
7 22 Joey Logano 200 Running 0 37 0
8 31 Ryan Newman 200 Running 0 36 0
9 2 Brad Keselowski 200 Running 0 35 0
10 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 200 Running 0 34 0
11 18 Kyle Busch 200 Running 10 34 1
12 27 Paul Menard 200 Running 0 32 0
13 42 Kyle Larson 200 Running 0 31 0
14 43 Aric Almirola 200 Running 3 31 1
15 5 Kasey Kahne 200 Running 0 29 0
16 1 Jamie McMurray 200 Running 0 28 0
17 24 Jeff Gordon 200 Running 1 28 1
18 55 David Ragan 200 Running 0 26 0
19 9 Sam Hornish Jr. 200 Running 0 25 0
20 41 Kurt Busch 199 Running 0 24 0
21 14 Tony Stewart 199 Running 0 23 0
22 6 Trevor Bayne 198 Running 0 22 0
23 16 Greg Biffle 198 Running 0 21 0
24 21 Ryan Blaney (i) 198 Running 0 0 0
25 10 Danica Patrick 198 Running 0 19 0
26 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 198 Running 0 18 0
27 35 Cole Whitt 198 Running 0 17 0
28 47 AJ Allmendinger 198 Running 0 16 0
29 51 Justin Allgaier 197 Running 0 15 0
30 83 Matt Dibenedetto # 197 Running 0 14 0
31 7 Alex Bowman 197 Running 0 13 0
32 38 David Gilliland 197 Running 0 12 0
33 26 Jeb Burton # 197 Running 0 11 0
34 34 Brett Moffitt # 197 Running 0 10 0
35 46 Michael Annett 197 Running 0 9 0
36 40 Landon Cassill (i) 196 Running 0 0 0
37 32 Josh Wise 196 Running 0 7 0
38 23 J.J. Yeley (i) 194 Running 0 0 0
39 48 Jimmie Johnson 190 Running 0 5 0
40 33 Travis Kvapil (i) 190 Running 0 0 0
41 15 Clint Bowyer 164 Running 1 4 1
42 13 Casey Mears 51 Overheating 0 2 0
43 98 Timmy Hill (i) 9 Parked 0 1 0

# – Rookie
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series

2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Unofficial Point Standings
After Race 23 at Michigan International Speedway
Pos. Car # Driver Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5s Top 10s DNF
1 4 Kevin Harvick 866 Leader 23 2 16 20 1
2 22 Joey Logano 818 -48 23 2 13 17 0
3 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 784 -82 23 2 11 14 1
4 78 Martin Truex Jr. 755 -111 23 1 7 16 2
5 2 Brad Keselowski 754 -112 23 1 5 15 1
6 48 Jimmie Johnson 752 -114 23 4 10 15 0
7 20 Matt Kenseth 751 -115 23 3 9 15 1
8 41 Kurt Busch 683 -183 20 2 8 13 0
9 11 Denny Hamlin 670 -196 23 1 7 10 1
10 1 Jamie McMurray 663 -203 23 0 2 7 1
11 27 Paul Menard 654 -212 23 0 2 4 1
12 31 Ryan Newman 649 -217 23 0 4 11 1
13 24 Jeff Gordon 648 -218 23 0 3 12 1
14 19 Carl Edwards 628 -238 23 1 2 7 2
15 15 Clint Bowyer 616 -250 23 0 1 9 0
16 43 Aric Almirola 593 -273 23 0 1 1 1
Points Outside the Top 16
17 5 Kasey Kahne 590 -3 23 0 2 6 2
18 16 Greg Biffle 553 -40 23 0 2 3 0
19 42 Kyle Larson 548 -45 22 0 1 6 3
20 3 Austin Dillon 533 -60 23 0 1 4 2
21 10 Danica Patrick 508 -85 23 0 0 2 1
22 47 AJ Allmendinger 497 -96 23 0 0 3 3
23 13 Casey Mears 495 -98 23 0 0 1 3
24 55 David Ragan 487 -106 23 0 1 1 2
25 9 Sam Hornish Jr. 450 -143 23 0 0 3 2
26 14 Tony Stewart 441 -152 23 0 0 2 4
27 6 Trevor Bayne 414 -179 23 0 0 2 3
28 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 411 -182 23 0 1 1 2
29 18 Kyle Busch 395 -198 12 4 5 6 2
30 51 Justin Allgaier 377 -216 23 0 0 1 3
Points Outside the Top 30
31 35 Cole Whitt 372 -5 23 0 0 0 1
32 38 David Gilliland 354 -23 23 0 0 0 2
33 7 Alex Bowman 292 -85 22 0 0 0 3
34 34 Brett Moffitt # 289 -88 19 0 0 1 0
35 46 Michael Annett 270 -107 23 0 0 0 1
36 83 Matt Dibenedetto # 252 -125 20 0 0 0 1
37 32 Josh Wise 193 -184 18 0 0 1 4
38 95 Michael McDowell 148 -229 10 0 0 0 0
39 26 Jeb Burton # 136 -241 18 0 0 0 3
40 33 Alex Kennedy # 93 -284 10 0 0 0 0
41 44 Reed Sorenson 41 -336 4 0 0 0 0
42 32 Bobby Labonte 39 -338 3 0 0 0 1
43 55 Brian Vickers 32 -345 2 0 0 0 0
44 55 Michael Waltrip 26 -351 2 0 0 0 0
45 66 Mike Wallace 8 -369 1 0 0 0 0
46 Eddie Macdonald 7 -370 1 0 0 0 0
47 Will Kimmel III 6 -371 1 0 0 0 0
48 30 Ron Hornaday Jr. 2 -375 1 0 0 0 1

# – Rookie

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2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Owner Standing
After Race 23 at Michigan International Speedway
Pos. Owner Car # Wins Points Behind Attempts
1 Tony Stewart 4 2 473 Leader 23
2 Walter Czarnecki 22 2 432 -41 23
3 Rick Hendrick 88 2 410 -63 23
4 Gene Haas 41 2 407 -66 23
5 Barney Visser 78 1 401 -72 23
6 Roger Penske 2 1 393 -80 23
7 Jeff Gordon 48 4 381 -92 23
8 Joe Gibbs 20 3 372 -101 23
9 J D Gibbs 11 1 353 -120 23
10 Felix Sabates 1 0 346 -127 23
11 Richard Childress 27 0 345 -128 23
12 Richard Childress 31 0 343 -130 23
13 Rick Hendrick 24 0 339 -134 23
14 J D Gibbs 19 1 336 -137 23
15 Joe Gibbs 18 4 321 -152 23
16 Rob Kauffman 15 0 312 -161 23
17 Richard Petty 43 0 296 -177 23
18 Linda Hendrick 5 0 292 -181 23
19 Chip Ganassi 42 0 284 -189 23
20 Jack Roush 16 0 284 -189 23
21 Richard Childress 3 0 274 -199 23
22 Tony Stewart 10 0 263 -210 23
23 Tad Geschickter 47 0 261 -212 23
24 Bob Germain 13 0 253 -220 23
25 Michael Waltrip 55 0 234 -239 23
26 Richard Petty 9 0 230 -243 23
27 Margaret Haas 14 0 224 -249 23
28 John Henry 6 0 208 -265 23
29 John Henry 17 0 207 -266 23
30 Harry Scott Jr 51 0 204 -269 23
31 Bob Jenkins 35 0 202 -271 23
32 Brad Jenkins 38 0 193 -280 23
33 Jerry Freeze 34 0 188 -285 23
34 Michael Hillman 40 0 150 -323 23
35 Tommy Baldwin 7 0 144 -329 23
36 Ron Devine 83 0 136 -337 23
37 Joe Falk 33 0 134 -339 23
38 Harry Scott Jr 46 0 131 -342 23
39 Ron Devine 23 0 125 -348 23
40 Mike Curb 98 0 123 -350 23
41 Archie St Hilaire 32 0 106 -367 23
42 Glen Wood 21 0 101 -372 11
43 Bob Leavine 95 0 74 -399 13
44 Anthony Marlowe 26 0 60 -413 23
45 Rick Hendrick 25 0 47 -426 4
46 Jay Robinson 62 0 36 -437 23
47 John Cohen 44 0 12 -461 4
48 Jay Robinson 66 0 8 -465 4
49 Curtis Key 30 0 6 -467 8
50 Robby Benton 129 0 0 -473 4
51 Gordon Smith 139 0 0 -473 2

 

2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Manufacturer Standings
After Race 23 at Michigan International Speedway
Pos. Manufacturer Wins Points Behind
1 Chevrolet 11 1024 Leader
2 Toyota 9 954 -70
3 Ford 3 948 -76

 

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