Matt Kenseth won the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series 30th Annual Can-Am 500 at Phoenix Raceway

Credit: 352838Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images. Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Circle K Toyota, crosses the finish line to win the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Can-Am 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 12, 2017 in Avondale, Arizona.

Starting from 7th Place Car 20 Matt Kenseth Circle K Toyota won the 30th Annual Can-Am 500, his 39th victory in 649 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series races. This is his 1st win & 17th Top 10 finish in 2017. This is his second victory and 12th top-10 finish in 31 races at Phoenix Raceway. 2nd Place Car 24 Chase Elliott Hooters Chevrolet, started from 4th place posted his 3rd Top 10 finish in 5 races at Phoenix Raceway. It is his 20th Top 10 finish in 2017. 3rd Place Car 78 Martin Truex Jr. Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota, started from 5th place

Credit: 352841Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images. Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Circle K Toyota, celebrates in victory lane after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Can-Am 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 12, 2017 in Avondale, Arizona.

4th Place Car 77 Erik Jones # 5-hour ENERGY Extra Strength Toyota, started from 11th place was the highest finishing rookie. 5th Place Car 4 Kevin Harvick Busch Light Ford, started from 6th place. 6th Place Car 1 Jamie McMurray Cessna Chevrolet, started from 13th place followed by 7th place Car 18 Kyle Busch (P) M&M’s Caramel Toyota, started from 8th place. 8th Place Car 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Robert Yates Tribute Ford, started from 27th place followed by 9th place Car 43 Aric Almirola United States Air Force Ford, started from 22nd place. Lastly in the Top 10 was Car 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Nationwide Chevrolet, started from 14th place. Martin Truex Jr. (P), Kyle Busch (P), Kevin Harvick (P) and Brad Keselowski (P) advance to the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami
Speedway. Canadian & NASCAR Pinty’s Series 26th Place Car 15 DJ Kennington Northern Provincial Pipelines LTD Chevrolet.

Credit: 352826Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images. Ryan Blaney, driver of the #21 SKF/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford, and Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota, lead the field at the start of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Can-Am 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 12, 2017 in Avondale, Arizona

The race had 7 Cautions for 41 Laps: 1st Caution on lap 77 for Stage 1 Conclusion. 2nd Caution on lap 151 for Car 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s Chevrolet Crash in Turn 4 / Stage 2 Conclusion. 3rd Caution on lap 230 for Car 6 Trevor Bayne Ford EcoBoost Ford Crash in Turn 4. 4th Caution on lap 240 for Debris Turn 2. 5th Caution on lap 253 for Car 37 Chris Buescher Clorox Chevrolet, Car 19
Daniel Suarez # STANLEY Toyota Crash in Turn 3 [Red Flag 5:03]. 6th Caution on lap 262 for Car 72 Cole Whitt TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet Crash in Turn 3. 7th Caution on lap 276 for Car 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Ground Toyota Crash in Turn 3.

Credit: 352827Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images. Chase Elliott, driver of the #24 Hooters Chevrolet, leads a pack of cars during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Can-Am 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 12, 2017 in Avondale, Arizona.

The race had 9 Lead Changes among 5 drivers: Lap Leaders: R. Blaney (P) 1-11; C. Elliott (P) 12-25; D. Hamlin (P) 26; C. Elliott (P) 27; D. Hamlin (P) 28-67; K. Larson 68-79; D. Hamlin (P) 80-231; M. Kenseth 232-283; C. Elliott (P) 284-302; M. Kenseth 303-312. Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): D. Hamlin (P) 3 times for 193 laps; M. Kenseth 2 times for 62 laps; C. Elliott
(P) 3 times for 34 laps; K. Larson 1 time for 12 laps; R. Blaney (P) 1 time for 11 laps.

Credit: 352829Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images. Ryan Blaney, driver of the #21 SKF/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford, and Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota, lead the field at the start of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Can-Am 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 12, 2017 in Avondale, Arizona.

Stages:
Stage #1 Top Ten: 42,11,24,20,4,18,77,78,31,48
Stage #2 Top Ten: 11,20,77,78,18,4,1,31,24,14

Credit: 352831Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images. Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, pits during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Can-Am 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 12, 2017 in Avondale, Arizona.

Matt Kenseth beat Chase Elliott to the checkered flag with a Margin of Victory: 1.207 Seconds. It looked like Chase Elliott was going to win his 1st race & make it into the final Championship round when he took the lead on lap 284. Matt Kenseth who does not have a ride next year, took the lead back on lap 303 & never looked back. Matt Kenseth said “Yeah, it’s really not describable, with only two (races) left, I didn’t think we probably had a good chance of getting back to Victory Lane. It’s been, I don’t know how many
races – somebody’s probably going to tell me tonight – but it’s been at least 50 or 60, so it’s been a long time. We’ve had a lot of close ones. Just felt like it was never meant to be, and today it was meant to be…. I’ve got to be honest with you, I never dreamed I’d win one of these races, so obviously I’ve been so incredibly blessed throughout my whole career.”

Credit: 352836Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images. Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota, leads a pack of cars during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Can-Am 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 12, 2017 in Avondale, Arizona.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race Number 35
Unofficial Race Results for the 30Th Annual Can-Am 500 – Sunday, November 12, 2017
Phoenix Raceway – Avondale, AZ – 1 Mile Paved Total Race Length – 312 Laps – 312 Miles

Finish Start Car Driver Team Laps Status
1. 7. Car 20 Matt Kenseth Circle K Toyota 312 Running
2. 4. Car 24 Chase Elliott (P) Hooters Chevrolet 312 Running
3. 5. Car 78 Martin Truex Jr. (P) Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota 312 Running
4. 11. Car 77 Erik Jones # 5-hour ENERGY Extra Strength Toyota 312 Running
5. 6. Car 4 Kevin Harvick (P) Busch Light Ford 312 Running
6. 13. Car 1 Jamie McMurray Cessna Chevrolet 312 Running
7. 8. Car 18 Kyle Busch (P) M&M’s Caramel Toyota 312 Running
8. 27. Car 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Robert Yates Tribute Ford 312 Running
9. 22. Car 43 Aric Almirola United States Air Force Ford 312 Running
10. 14. Car 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Nationwide Chevrolet 312 Running
11. 29. Car 13 Ty Dillon # GEICO Military Chevrolet 312 Running
12. 9. Car 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 312 Running
13. 20. Car 14 Clint Bowyer USA Network Damnation Ford 312 Running
14. 21. Car 3 Austin Dillon Realtree Chevrolet 312 Running
15. 19. Car 27 Paul Menard Duracell/Menards Chevrolet 312 Running
16. 16. Car 2 Brad Keselowski (P) Miller Lite Ford 312 Running
17. 1. Car 21 Ryan Blaney (P) SKF/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford 312 Running
18. 10. Car 19 Daniel Suarez # STANLEY Toyota 312 Running
19. 17. Car 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance Chevrolet 311 Running
20. 18. Car 31 Ryan Newman Caterpillar Chevrolet 311 Running
21. 15. Car 41 Kurt Busch Monster Energy/Haas Automation Ford 310 Running
22. 28. Car 95 Michael McDowell Rohto Jolt Eyedrops Chevrolet 309 Running
23. 23. Car 47 AJ Allmendinger Fry’s ClickList Chevrolet 309 Running
24. 32. Car 34 Landon Cassill Love’s Travel Stops/Roller Bites Ford 309 Running
25. 24. Car 10 Danica Patrick Code 3 Associates Ford 309 Running
26. 37. Car 15 DJ Kennington Northern Provincial Pipelines LTD Chevrolet 307 Running
27. 30. Car 32 Matt DiBenedetto Can-Am/Kappa Ford 306 Running
28. 36. Car 66 * David Starr(i) Eureka Toyota 305 Running
29. 38. Car 33 Jeffrey Earnhardt Hulu Chevrolet 305 Running
30. 35. Car 7 * Joey Gase(i) Eternal Fan Chevrolet 304 Running
31. 33. Car 23 Corey LaJoie # Fresh Beards/Earthwater Toyota 303 Running
32. 40. Car 00 * Derrike Cope StarCom Fiber/Ashurst American Honey Chevrolet 302 Running
33. 26. Car 38 David Ragan 1000Bulbs.com Ford 301 Running
34. 39. Car 51 * Kyle Weatherman Prevagen Chevrolet 294 Running
35. 2. Car 11 Denny Hamlin (P) FedEx Ground Toyota 275 Accident
36. 34. Car 72 Cole Whitt TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 258 Accident
37. 31. Car 37 Chris Buescher Clorox Chevrolet 247 Accident
38. 25. Car 6 Trevor Bayne Ford EcoBoost Ford 226 Accident
39. 12. Car 48 Jimmie Johnson (P) Lowe’s Chevrolet 148 Accident
40. 3. Car 42 Kyle Larson Refresh Your Car! Chevrolet 104 Engine

Race Comments: Prior to the green flag, the following car(s) dropped to the rear of the field under penalty for the reason indicated: #17 (tire change), #23 (tire and engine change). Failed to Qualify: N/A. Caution Flags: 7 for 41 laps. Lead Changes: 9 among 5 drivers. Time of Race: 02 Hrs, 57 Mins, 23 Secs. Average Speed: 105.534 MPH. Margin of Victory: 1.207 Seconds.
American Ethanol Green Flag Restart Award: Matt Kenseth, #20. Coors Light Pole Award : Ryan Blaney, #21 137.942 mph. Ingersoll Rand Power Move: Aric Almirola, #43 10 positions. Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race: Toyota Racing Development (TRD), #20. Mobil 1 Driver of the Race: Matt Kenseth, #20. Moog Go the Extra Mile: Ricky Stenhouse Jr, #17 0.184 secs. Sherwin-Williams Fastest
Lap: Kyle Larson, #42. Sunoco Rookie of the Race: Erik Jones, #77.

(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series
Next Race: Nov. 19, 2017 – Homestead-Miami Speedway
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