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Kenseth's pit stop gamble pays off, wins rain delayed NASCAR Quaker State 400 Sunday

The number 17 DeWalt race car driven by Wisconsin native Matt Kenseth.
The number 17 DeWalt race car driven by Wisconsin native Matt Kenseth.

Matt Kenseth claimed his Sprint Cup Series-leading fourth win of the season after taking a fuel-only gamble on his final pit stop in Sunday's rain delayed Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway.  The 400-mile event at the 1.5-mile racetrack was scheduled for Saturday night but persistent rain forced postponement until yesterday afternoon. Kenseth held off challenges from Clint Bowyer and Jamie McMurray on the final restart with 17 laps left. He crossed the finish line seven-tenths of a second ahead of McMurray.  Bowyer finished third. 

Jimmie Johnson put on a dominating performance during the race by leading 182 of 267 laps.  Johnson ended up finishing ninth. He increased his points lead to 38 over Carl Edwards, who placed 21st. Next stop on the Sprint Cup schedule is Saturday night’s Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway.