Matt Kenseth's fuel-only pit road gamble helped him beat Jimmie Johnson late and win Sunday's rescheduled 400-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway.
"I didn't roll the dice, Jason (Ratcliff, crew chief) did," said Kenseth. "I thought he was slightly crazy when that happened. I didn't think there was any way that we were going to hold on for that win. He made the right call at the right time and those guys got it done."
A race that was Johnson's to lose ultimately became Kenseth's series-high fourth victory of the season even though he passed on getting new tires following the race's ninth caution. He widened his lead after a wild four-wide restart on lap 246 that saw Johnson's No. 48 Chevy spin from second place on a dominant day he led 182 of 267 laps. The series points leader finished ninth.
Kenseth led twice for 38 laps, including the final 23 in the No. 20 Toyota.
Second was Jamie McMurray in a Chevy, followed by Clint Bowyer, Joey Logano and Kyle Busch.
"Good day for us. Obviously when you get that close at the end you can smell a chance at the win - just not our day yet," said Bowyer. "I'm proud of the way our team is working together and keeps clicking off solid finishes. This is what we have to do this time of year and hopefully those wins will come when the time is right."
Rain on Saturday forced NASCAR officials to postpone the race to a daytime start.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun