The center-aged man with no journey for 2018 drove a dagger by the guts of the teenager anticipated to shine within the Monster Power NASCAR Cup Sequence for years to return.
With 9 laps left in Sunday’s Can-Am 500 at Phoenix Raceway, 45-year-old Matt Kenseth handed 21-year-old Chase Elliott for the lead and pulled away to win for the primary time for the reason that July 2016 New Hampshire race, breaking a 51-event winless string.
Kenseth’s victory, the 39th of his profession, disadvantaged Elliott of an opportunity to run for the collection championship subsequent Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway and saved Chevrolet out of the title race. The win additionally was a present to Brad Keselowski, who survived a lackluster afternoon with sufficient factors to advance to the Championship four occasion.
Resigned to a hiatus from NASCAR racing after Erik Jones takes his seat within the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota on the finish of the 12 months, Kenseth received at Phoenix for the second time and supplied a uncommon present of emotion in Victory Lane.
“Yeah, it’s actually not describable,” Kenseth stated. “With solely two (races) left, I didn’t assume we in all probability had a very good probability of getting again to Victory Lane. It’s been, I don’t know what number of races – someone’s in all probability going to inform me tonight – but it surely’s been not less than 50 or 60, so it’s been a very long time.
“We’ve had quite a lot of shut ones. Simply felt prefer it was by no means meant to be, and in the present day it was meant to be…. I’ve acquired to be trustworthy with you, I by no means dreamed I’d win certainly one of these races, so clearly I’ve been so extremely blessed all through my complete profession.”
Elliott has had some painful runner-up finishes this season—operating second 5 occasions in his quest for a primary profession victory—however the sting of this one was particularly extreme. After squeezing Playoff contender Denny Hamlin into the skin wall on Lap 270, Elliott grabbed third place earlier than Hamlin blew a tire and shot into the Flip three wall on Lap 275, his race and his championship run had been over.
One lap after the ultimate restart on Lap 282, Elliott handed Martin Truex Jr. for second. One circuit later, he shot previous Kenseth by Turns three and four for the lead and started to drag away. Because the run continued, nevertheless, Kenseth closed the hole. On Lap 303 of 312, he cleared Elliott off Flip 2 and stretched his benefit to 1.207 seconds on the end.
“We had been so near having one other shot subsequent week,” Elliott stated. “However, man, I can’t say sufficient for our group and our Hooter’s Chevrolet this weekend. We fought actually onerous in the present day and gave ourselves an opportunity. Our automotive was actually quick on these quick runs after a warning and after pit cycles on tires. It fired off actually good, and we did fairly good on the quick run all day and acquired actually tight because the run went lengthy.
“And as soon as the rubber laid again down, I used to be simply hanging on and hoping I might get to visitors earlier than (the automotive) began going away. It’s simply such a bummer. I used to be telling my guys we’ll get it proper sometime, or I’ll get it proper sometime. We’ve had so many good alternatives, and sooner or later, we’ve simply acquired to shut.”
Hamlin had led 193 laps earlier than his run-in with Elliott. The 2 drivers had a latest historical past, with Hamlin depriving Elliott of a attainable victory and a Championship four berth by knocking him into the Flip three wall with fewer than 4 laps left two weeks in the past at Martinsville.
“Oh, effectively, I’m going to race guys how they race me and preserve a smile on my face regardless,” Elliott stated of the incident. “I’m completely happy to race guys how they select to race me, and that’s the best way I see it.”
Keselowski, who muscled an ill-handling automotive to a 16th-place end and beat polesitter Ryan Blaney (17th Sunday) for the ultimate berth within the championship race, strikes on to Homestead to battle Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch for the collection title. Truex, the collection chief, completed third on Sunday in entrance of Jones and Harvick.
Jamie McMurray, Kyle Busch, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Aric Almirola and Dale Earnhardt Jr. accomplished the highest 10.
Jimmie Johnson, who like Elliott wanted a victory to advance to Homestead, blew his proper entrance tire and crashed out of the occasion on Lap 150, ending the day in 39th place.
The win was the 39th of Matt Kenseth’s profession.
Monster Power NASCAR Cup Sequence Race Outcomes Can-Am 500
Sunday, November 12, 2017
1. (7) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 312.
2. (four) Chase Elliott (P), Chevrolet, 312.
three. (5) Martin Truex Jr. (P), Toyota, 312.
four. (11) Erik Jones #, Toyota, 312.
5. (6) Kevin Harvick (P), Ford, 312.
6. (13) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 312.
7. (eight) Kyle Busch (P), Toyota, 312.
eight. (27) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 312.
9. (22) Aric Almirola, Ford, 312.
10. (14) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 312.
11. (29) Ty Dillon #, Chevrolet, 312.
12. (9) Joey Logano, Ford, 312.
13. (20) Clint Bowyer, Ford, 312.
14. (21) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 312.
15. (19) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 312.
16. (16) Brad Keselowski (P), Ford, 312.
17. (1) Ryan Blaney (P), Ford, 312.
18. (10) Daniel Suarez #, Toyota, 312.
19. (17) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 311.
20. (18) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 311.
21. (15) Kurt Busch, Ford, 310.
22. (28) Michael McDowell, Chevrolet, 309.
23. (23) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 309.
24. (32) Landon Cassill, Ford, 309.
25. (24) Danica Patrick, Ford, 309.
26. (37) DJ Kennington, Chevrolet, 307.
27. (30) Matt DiBenedetto, Ford, 306.
28. (36) * David Starr(i), Toyota, 305.
29. (38) Jeffrey Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 305.
30. (35) * Joey Gase(i), Chevrolet, 304.
31. (33) Corey LaJoie #, Toyota, 303.
32. (40) * Derrike Cope, Chevrolet, 302.
33. (26) David Ragan, Ford, 301.
34. (39) * Kyle Weatherman, Chevrolet, 294.
35. (2) Denny Hamlin (P), Toyota, Accident, 275.
36. (34) Cole Whitt, Chevrolet, Accident, 258.
37. (31) Chris Buescher, Chevrolet, Accident, 247.
38. (25) Trevor Bayne, Ford, Accident, 226.
39. (12) Jimmie Johnson (P), Chevrolet, Accident, 148.
40. (three) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, Engine, 104.
Common Velocity of Race Winner: 105.534 mph.
Time of Race: 02 Hrs, 57 Minutes, 23 Secs. Margin of Victory: 1.207 Seconds.
Warning Flags: 7 for 41 laps.
Lead Adjustments: 9 amongst 5 drivers.
Lap Leaders: R. Blaney (P) 1-11; C. Elliott (P) 12-25; D. Hamlin (P) 26; C. Elliott (P) 27; D. Hamlin (P) 28-67; Ok. Larson 68-79; D. Hamlin (P) 80-231; M. Kenseth 232-283; C. Elliott (P) 284-302; M. Kenseth 303-312.
Leaders Abstract (Driver, Instances Lead, Laps Led): D. Hamlin (P) three occasions for 193 laps; M. Kenseth 2 occasions for 62 laps; C. Elliott (P) three occasions for 34 laps; Ok. Larson 1 time for 12 laps; R. Blaney (P) 1 time for 11 laps.
Stage #1 High Ten: 42,11,24,20,four,18,77,78,31,48
Stage #2 High Ten: 11,20,77,78,18,four,1,31,24,14
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