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Kenseth Avoids "Big One", Wins At Talladega


TALLADEGA, ALA (WSAU) Wisconsin driver Matt Kenseth won the fourth race in NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup. The Cambridge native escaped a 20-car pile-up on the final turn yesterday to win the Good Sam Roadside Assistance-500 in Talladega Alabama. Kenseth recovered from a spin off Jamie McMurray's bumper on the 42nd lap.

Kenseth took the lead just after the halfway point by surging past Kurt Busch. But Kenseth trailed Tony Stewart on the final lap when Stewart’s car spun, hit Michael Waltrip, and triggered the massive pileup. Kenseth drove around it and finished ahead of runner-up Jeff Gordon, who also managed to escape the crash.

Kenseth's victory was his second of the year, after he won the season-opening Daytona-500. But it kept him 12th-and-last among the Chase drivers who are still in the running for the Sprint Cup season crown. Kenseth is now 62 points behind first-place Brad Keselowski.

Travis Kvapil of Janesville took eighth at Talladega. He remains 30th in the point standings. Paul Menard of Eau Claire took 28th, and he held steady in the point totals at Number-16.