An empty gas tank finally ended Kyle Busch’s dominance in Sprint Cup racing.
After a long stretch of green-flag racing, the lead in hand after Joey Logano ran out of fuel with three laps left of the 160, Busch also ran out of gas on the last lap, giving Matt Kenseth an unexpected victory in the Windows 10 400.
Busch was in place to win what would have been a fourth consecutive race. Instead he finished an unofficial 21st, while still trying to qualify for the Chase after missing the first 11 races of the season because of injuries.
Brad Keselowski finished second and Jeff Gordon third. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was fourth and Greg Biffle fifth.
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The first half of the race was full of yellow flags, including crashes and blown engines, so it was a bit surprising the end of the race was so caution-free.
Logano ran out of fuel, forfeiting the lead to Busch. But just as he took the white flag he ran out of gas himself to be passed by Kenseth.
Three who mattered
Matt Kenseth: He said this was the first time he’d won a fuel-mileage race.
Kurt Busch: He was having a strong race until he got loose with about 95 laps to go and was hit from behind by Sam Hornish Jr.
Brad Keselowski: He overshot his pit stall, shaking up two of his crewmen and sending a tire flying down pit road.
▪ At least three times over the weekend, a car crashed into the pit wall. You could see helmets go flying as Kasey Kahne smacked that wall early in Sunday’s race. Thankfully no injuries.
▪ Kevin Harvick’s blown engine knocked out one of the fastest drivers in Sprint Cup of late. Kyle Busch’s dominance has overshadowed how well Harvick had run.
▪ Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s day ended when he crashed into the back of Hornish’s car. Hornish’s car had been loose previous to the accident and Stenhouse explained he couldn’t brake fast enough and had no room to turn left or right to avoid the collision.
They said it
“We got greedy. … We went for broke today. I can’t fault the team.” – Kyle Busch on not making more effort to conserve fuel.
Where: Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International.
When: 2 p.m. Sunday
TV: NBC Sports Network
Radio: Motor Racing Network