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Matt Kenseth’s car was superb for the third time in three races this season. This time, the No. 20 team saw it pay off in the final standings.
Kenseth piloted his Dollar General Toyota to a win Sunday in the Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway -- on his 41st birthday, no less -- holding off a hard-charging Kasey Kahne in a final 30-lap duel. The key was a late pit stop during caution in which Kenseth took fuel only, allowing him jump into first place coming out of pit road while most of the other leaders took two tires.
It was Kenseth’s third win at Las Vegas and his first since 2004. Kenseth also became the third driver in series history to win on his birthday, joining Cale Yarborough and Kyle Busch.
“I’m not a goal person, but my goal was to win and win early,” said Kenseth, who visited ...