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Kenseth continues winning ways in Nationwide at Daytona

Jul 5, 2013, 10:09 PM EDT

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Matt Kenseth notched his 27th career win in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, holding off James Buescher in a green-white-checkered finish to take the Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway.

The stage was set for the finish with four laps to go, when contact between Travis Pastrana and Cole Whitt in Turn 4 led to a multi-car crash that eventually brought out the red flag.

Pastrana wound up going hard into Jason White, who, after his mangled car came to a stop, laid down on the infield grass as safety crew members attended to him. However, White would eventually walk into an ambulance under his own power and was later released from the infield care center; he later told ESPN that the wreck simply took the breath out of him.

The green would come back out with two laps remaining, but Kenseth and James Buescher managed to break away from the pack, which managed to stay clean through the final five miles. The pack’s fight for third position eventually went to Elliott Sadler, who came away with a $100,000 bonus for being the highest-finishing qualifier out of the four “Dash 4 Cash” qualifiers (a group that also included Brian Vickers, Kyle Larson and Austin Dillon).

Kurt Busch, whose car sported a Days of Thunder-inspired paint job, finished fourth, followed by Dillon in fifth.

  1. theracefan - Jul 6, 2013 at 6:53 AM

    Even though I like Matt for the cup championship he and his cup buddies had no business in the Nationwide race. Brain dead Tantrum throwing France just doesn’t get it. And neither do the few fans that think it’s great. Suppose your son plays high school football and is a regular but the coach goes out and gets some pro players to play and your son sits on the bench while the pro players take the spot light. It is the same thing except with racing there is also money involved. Now some nut job will say will say there is no comparison but there is. The only movement that NASCAR should allow is up to a better series. A letter writing campaign should be started to tell France first what a buffoon he is and then to do away with the chase, stop drivers crossing into other lesser series, stop engineering cars and let the teams and drivers really have at it. ( oh yes recommend to the networks they fire big mouth biased Danica loving Waltruip)

    • danwilliamsmlb - Jul 6, 2013 at 10:53 AM

      Good for Matt! A change of scenery has done him a world of good.

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