Matt Kenseth won the fourth race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship after pulling away from a massive pileup in turn 4 on lap 189 of Sunday's Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500.
Kenseth, who said in post-race comments that he had a loose race car all day, was running the middle lane at Talladega Superspeedway when Tony Stewart and Michael Waltrip collided at the bottom of the track on the last lap. The wreck collected most of the field, only allowing a total of six cars to cross the finish line under their own power.
"The track kept getting looser for me as the day went on," said Kenseth. "That's why I chose the middle groove. I knew I couldn't be on the bottom or I'd get spun out. I'm just proud of Doug Yates and all of the guys at the Roush Fenway shop for giving me such a rocket ship. We had a lot of speed today, more than I thought we had."
Sunday marked Kenseth's first win at Talladega in his 26th start and his second win of the 2012 season. As the defending Daytona 500 Champion, Kenseth has finished third or better in all four restrictor plate races in 2012.
Jack Roush, team owner of the No. 17 Ford Ecoboost Fusion, spoke about Roush Fenway Racing's 21st overall win in the Chase.
"We've got great sponsors and great technical support behind our race cars. We've not won as many races as we should this year," said Roush. "Certainly in my 25 years this has been the best year we've had at restricted plate racing. Matt did a nice job today - he has had a couple of occasions where he could have wound up on his roof or his side and he managed to have the presence and skill not to let that happen and he wound up in Victory Circle."
With Kenseth's win, Roush Yates engines have earned over 130 wins in 2012 and 3 series championships.
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