Matt Kenseth Wins 2nd Race of NASCAR’s playoffs
LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — Matt Kenseth pushed Kevin Harvick down the stretch and took the lead for good when the defending series champion ran out of gas Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the second race of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship.
Kenseth advanced to the second round of NASCAR's playoffs and gave Joe Gibbs Racing its fourth straight win.
Harvick had the dominant car and led the most laps but a gamble to stretch his fuel to the end backfired and he faded to 21st. He finished 42nd last week in the Chase opener and will surely have to win next week at Dover to advance to the second round.
JGR continued to prove it will be the organization to beat in the Chase. Denny Hamlin, last week's winner, was second for JGR. Chase drivers took eight of the top 10 spots.
The 16-driver Chase field will be cut to 12 after Dover.