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Kenseth scores at Daytona


Matt Kenseth celebrates Subway Firecracker 250 win. (Associated Press)
Matt Kenseth celebrates Subway Firecracker 250 win. (Associated Press)

Matt Kenseth won the Nationwide Series race at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway on Friday.

Kenseth was leading when the Subway Firecracker 250 resumed with two laps to go following a red-flag stoppage of nearly 10 minutes. James Buescher hooked onto his back bumper and the two broke away from the pack.

As Kenseth and Buescher sailed cleanly to the finish, the battle behind them was for third place. It went to Elliott Sadler, who picked up a $100,000 bonus from series sponsor Nationwide as the highest-finishing driver in the “Dash 4 Cash” program.

Kurt Busch finished fourth in a car designed with the beloved City Chevrolet paint scheme from the “Days of the Thunder” movie. He and the Phoenix Racing crew spent much of the race in character with Busch reciting movie lines.

Pit stops

Kyle Busch and Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Matt Kenseth swept the front row for tonight’s Sprint Cup race at Daytona. Busch turned a lap at 193.723 mph in qualifying to win the pole. Kenseth was second at 193.299. … Tony Kanaan holds IndyCar’s version of the golden ticket. He’s driving for more than another win at Pocono Raceway – he’d move one victory closer toward earning $1 million dollars. All Kanaan has to win at Pocono and Fontana to become the open-wheel series’ Triple Crown winner. A driver who wins two of the three can win a $250,000 bonus from promotion sponsor Fuzzy’s Vodka. … Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg dominated the first practice for the German Grand Prix at Nuerburgring, Germany. Hamilton set the pace in practice, clocking in at 1 minute, 31.754 seconds.


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