Matt Kenseth won the exciting NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 47th Annual AAA 400 Drive For Autism at Dover International Speedway

DOVER, DE - MAY 15: Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway on May 15, 2016 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

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Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway on May 15, 2016 in Dover, Delaware.

Starting from 10th place Car 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General Toyota won the 47th Annual AAA 400 Drive For Autism, his 37th win in 590 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. This is Kenseth’s 1st win & 4th Top 10 finish in 2016. This is his 3rd win and 23rd Top 10 finish in 35 races at Dover International Speedway. 2nd place Car 42 Kyle Larson Target Chevrolet, started from 23rd place posted his 4th Top 10 finish in 5 races at Dover International Speedway. It is his 3rd Top 10 finish in 2016. 3rd Place Car 24 Chase Elliott NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, started from 13th place posted his 1st Top 10 finish in 1 race at Dover International Speedway. Elliott was also the highest finishing rookie.

DOVER, DE - MAY 15: Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, leads during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway on May 15, 2016 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/NASCAR via Getty Images)

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Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, leads during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway on May 15, 2016 in Dover, Delaware.

4th Place Car 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance Chevrolet, started from 11th place        followed by 5th place Car 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation/Monster Energy Chevrolet, started from 9th place.             6th Place Car 2 Brad Keselowski Wurth Ford, started from 14th place followed by 7th place Car 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Office Toyota, started from 6th place. 8th Place Car 21 Ryan Blaney Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford, started from 18th place   followed by 9th place Car 78 Martin Truex Jr Furniture Row Toyota, started from 7th place. Lastly in the Top 10 was Car 6 Trevor Bayne AdvoCare Ford, in 10th place, started from 25th place.

DOVER, DE - MAY 15: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John's Chevrolet, and Dale Earnhardt Jr, driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, take the green flag to start the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway on May 15, 2016 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

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Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet, and Dale Earnhardt Jr, driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, take the green flag to start the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway on May 15, 2016 in Dover, Delaware.

The race had 12 Cautions for 65 Laps: 1st Caution on lap 42 for Competition caution. 2nd Caution on lap 120 for Car 83 Matt DiBenedetto Cosmo Motors Toyota crash on the backstretch. 3rd Caution on lap 144 for Car 7 Regan Smith APC Chevrolet crash in Turn 4. 4th Caution on lap 174 for Debris in Turn 1. 5th Caution on lap 185 for Car 3 Austin Dillon AAA Chevrolet crash in Turn 3. 6th Caution on lap 214 for Car 55 Reed Sorenson World Record Striper Company Chevrolet crash in Turn 1. 7th Caution on lap 227 for Car 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald?s/Cessna Chevrolet and 46 crash on the frontstretch. 8th Caution on lap 290 for Debris on the frontstretch. 9th Caution on lap 300 for Debris on the frontstretch. 10th Caution on lap 344 for Car 34 Chris Buescher # Dockside Logistics Ford Spin in Turn 2. 11th Caution on lap 356 for Car 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald?s/Cessna Chevrolet, Car 4 Kevin Harvick Jimmy John’s Chevrolet, Car 6 Trevor Bayne AdvoCare Ford, Car 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Office Toyota, Car 13 Casey Mears GEICO Chevrolet, Car 15 Clint Bowyer 5-hour Energy Chevrolet, Car 16 Greg Biffle Kleen Performance Ford, Car 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr SunnyD Ford, Car 18 Kyle Busch Pedigree Toyota, Car 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford, Car 27 Paul Menard Schrock/Menards Chevrolet, Car 31 Ryan Newman Caterpillar Chevrolet, Car 42 Kyle Larson Target Chevrolet, Car 47 AJ Allmendinger Bush’s Beans Chevrolet, Car 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s Chevrolet, Car 78 Martin Truex Jr Furniture Row Toyota, Car 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Nationwide Chevrolet, Car 95 Michael McDowell WRL General Contractors Chevrolet Big crash on the frontstretch. 12th Caution on lap 361 for Car 19 Carl Edwards Stanley Toyota and Car 42 Kyle Larson Target Chevrolet crash on the backstretch.

DOVER, DE - MAY 15: Carl Edwards, driver of the #19 Stanley Toyota, Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John's Chevrolet, lead the pack of cars during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway on May 15, 2016 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

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Carl Edwards, driver of the #19 Stanley Toyota, Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet, lead the pack of cars during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway on May 15, 2016 in Dover, Delaware.

The race had 19 Lead Changes among 10 drivers: Lap Leaders:   K. Harvick 1-42; C. Edwards 43-46; K. Harvick 47-120; C. Edwards 121-130; M. Kenseth 131; C. Edwards 132-143; M. Truex Jr 144-173; K. Harvick 174; G. Biffle 175-180; K. Larson 181-214; J. Logano 215; D. Hamlin 216-230; B. Keselowski 231-279; K. Larson 280-289; J. Logano 290; K. Larson 291-331; M. Truex Jr 332-348; C. Edwards 349; J. Johnson 350-353; M. Kenseth 354-400. Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): K. Harvick 3 times for 117 laps; K. Larson 3 times for 85 laps; B. Keselowski 1 time for 49 laps; M. Kenseth 2 times for 48 laps; M. Truex Jr 2 times for 47 laps; C. Edwards 4 times for 27 laps; D. Hamlin 1 time for 15 laps; G. Biffle 1 time for 6 laps; J. Johnson 1 time for 4 laps; J. Logano 2 times for 2 laps.

 

DOVER, DE - MAY 15: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John's Chevrolet, Austin Dillon, driver of the #3 AAA Chevrolet, and Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, come in for pit stops during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway on May 15, 2016 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

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Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet, Austin Dillon, driver of the #3 AAA Chevrolet, and Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, come in for pit stops during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway on May 15, 2016 in Dover, Delaware.

Chase Grid Outlook: 1.Kyle Busch 397 (3 wins);2.C. Edwards 381 (2);3.J. Johnson 370 (2);4.B. Keselowski 368 (2);5.K. Harvick 418 (1);6.M. Kenseth 313 (1);7.D. Hamlin 308 (1);8.Kurt Busch 386 (0);9.C. Elliott # 341 (0);10.J. Logano 340 (0);11.M. Truex Jr 336 (0);12.A. Dillon 315 (0);13.D. Earnhardt Jr 314 (0);14.J. Mcmurray 296 (0);15.*. Blaney # 288 (0);16.K. Kahne 286 (0).

 

One of the things that made the race so exciting is the battling between Car 20 Matt Kenseth & Car 42 Kyle Larson to the checkered flag. Matt Kenseth was somehow able to hold off Kyle Larson & beat him to the checkered flag with a Margin of Victory:   0.187 Seconds. Kenseth’s win is the 135th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory for Joe Gibbs Racing, tying the organization with Roush Fenway Racing for the third-most wins in NSCS history. As I said before with the way Kyle Larson was driving he should have his 1st NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win soon. Car 24 Chase Elliott was doing a great job of keeping up with Kenseth & Larson, waiting for his chance to take advantage of the other 2 battling for the win.

Kenseth said; “It feels good to be here, been a tough few months, for sure, these guys did a great job, did a great job on pit road today. Obviously (crew chief) Jason (Ratcliff) and these guys did a great job with the car and adjustments as well as Toyota and TRD (Toyota Racing Development). We had a good car today. I thought we were competitive and there were a few guys at different parts of the race that were a little bit better and Kyle gave me all I wanted at the end – and then some. We were fortunate to be able to hold him off.”

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Number 12 Sunday, May 15, 2016

Unofficial Race Results for the 47Th Annual Aaa 400 Drive For Autism –

Dover International Speedway – Dover, DE – 1 Mile Concrete

Total Race Length – 400 Laps – 400 Miles

2016 May 15 318571

 

  Finish Start Car Driver Team Laps Status

  1. 10. Car 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General Toyota 400 Running
  2. 23. Car 42 Kyle Larson Target Chevrolet 400 Running
  3. 13. Car 24 Chase Elliott # NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet 400 Running
  4. 11. Car 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance Chevrolet 400 Running
  5. 9. Car 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation/Monster Energy Chevrolet 400 Running
  6. 14. Car 2 Brad Keselowski Wurth Ford 400 Running
  7. 6. Car 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Office Toyota 400 Running
  8. 18. Car 21 * Ryan Blaney # Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford 400 Running
  9. 7. Car 78 Martin Truex Jr Furniture Row Toyota 400 Running
  10. 25. Car 6 Trevor Bayne AdvoCare Ford 400 Running
  11. 19. Car 27 Paul Menard Schrock/Menards Chevrolet 400 Running
  12. 32. Car 15 Clint Bowyer 5-hour Energy Chevrolet 400 Running
  13. 31. Car 10 Danica Patrick Nature?s Bakery/Autism Delaware Chevrolet 400 Running
  14. 5. Car 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr SunnyD Ford 400 Running
  15. 1. Car 4 Kevin Harvick Jimmy John’s Chevrolet 399 Running
  16. 8. Car 31 Ryan Newman Caterpillar Chevrolet 398 Running
  17. 27. Car 23 David Ragan Dr Pepper Toyota 397 Running
  18. 30. Car 34 Chris Buescher # Dockside Logistics Ford 396 Running
  19. 35. Car 38 Landon Cassill MDS Transport Ford 396 Running
  20. 28. Car 95 Michael McDowell WRL General Contractors Chevrolet 396 Running
  21. 24. Car 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald?s/Cessna Chevrolet 395 Running
  22. 22. Car 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 391 Running
  23. 20. Car 47 AJ Allmendinger Bush’s Beans Chevrolet 391 Running
  24. 17. Car 44 Brian Scott # ACME/Shore Lodge Ford 390 Running
  25. 21. Car 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s Chevrolet 387 Running
  26. 26. Car 13 Casey Mears GEICO Chevrolet 374 Running
  27. 36. Car 98 * Cole Whitt Vydox Plus Chevrolet 364 Vibration
  28. 4. Car 19 Carl Edwards Stanley Toyota 359 Accident
  29. 16. Car 16 Greg Biffle Kleen Performance Ford 355 Accident
  30. 3. Car 18 Kyle Busch Pedigree Toyota 354 Accident
  31. 15. Car 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 354 Accident
  32. 2. Car 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Nationwide Chevrolet 354 Accident
  33. 12. Car 3 Austin Dillon AAA Chevrolet 345 Running
  34. 34. Car 14 Tony Stewart Code 3 Associates/Mobil 1 Chevrolet 342 Suspension
  35. 39. Car 32 Jeffrey Earnhardt # CorvetteParts.net Ford 334 Running
  36. 40. Car 30 * Josh Wise Curtis Key Plumbing Chevrolet 331 Running
  37. 37. Car 46 Michael Annett Pilot Flying J Chevrolet 223 Accident
  38. 38. Car 55 * Reed Sorenson World Record Striper Company Chevrolet 204 Accident
  39. 33. Car 7 Regan Smith APC Chevrolet 139 Accident
  40. 29. Car 83 Matt DiBenedetto Cosmo Motors Toyota 116 Accident

Race Comments: No cars dropped to the rear of the field prior to the start of the race. Failed to Qualify: N/A. Time of Race: 03 Hrs, 39 Mins, 29 Secs. Average Speed: 109.348 MPH. Margin of Victory: 0.187 Seconds.

 

American Ethanol Green Flag Restart Award: Kyle Busch, #18. Duralast Brakes “Brake in the Race”: Kevin Harvick, #4. Ingersoll Rand Power Move: Brian Scott, #44 7 positions. Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race Toyota Racing Development (TRD), #20. Mobil 1 Driver of the Race: Matt Kenseth, #20. Moog Chassis Parts Problem Solver of the Race: Kyle Larson, #42 crew chief Chad Johnston, 0.188 seconds Sherwin-Williams Fastest Lap: Carl Edwards, #19. Sunoco Rookie of the Race: Chase Elliott, #24.

(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series

Next Race: May. 21, 2016 – Charlotte Motor Speedway

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