The 2012 Hollywood Casino resulted in a Matt Kenseth’s fire continuing to burn.
On Sunday, Kenseth led 78 of the 267 laps en route to his third victory of the NASCAR season—two of which have come in the past three races. His success couldn’t have come at a better time either. After being seemingly out of the race for the Sprint Cup crown, his hot streak has him back in the hunt.
Kenseth still has plenty of work to do, though, as he sits at ninth in the standings. Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson—who sat at first and second place prior to the race—held on to their respective spots in Kansas, as Keselowski finished eighth and Johnson ninth.
Countless cautions—14 to be exact—heavily influenced the outcome of the event. The eye-opening figure was a Sprint Cup season high and race record.
The Associated Press reported that Keselowski talked about the race’s result following its conclusion. He said (via ESPN):
You know, everybody has been asking all season long where the cautions have been. Well, they flew to Kansas and they've been hanging out here because there was caution after caution. I'm glad to have survived the carnage and brought back a decent car. Whew! Just a tough day.
Keselowski, who never led on the afternoon, now holds a seven-point Sprint Cup lead over Johnson, who led a whopping 44 laps. Johnson was in prime position to leapfrog him in the standings, but a nasty crash ruined the day’s potential.
Here are Sunday’s results and updated Chase standings.
Hollywood Casino 400 Results
|2||Martin Truex, Jr.||56||Toyota|
|16||Juan Pablo Montoya||42||Chevrolet|
Chase for the Cup Standings
|5||Kasey Kahne ||-30|
|6||Martin Truex, Jr. ||-43|
|9||Matt Kenseth ||-55|
|10||Kevin Harvick ||-59|
|11||Greg Biffle ||-62|
|12||Dale Earnhardt, Jr.||-122|
David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.