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Kenseth takes win in Nationwide race at Kansas City

The number 17 DeWalt race car driven by Wisconsin native Matt Kenseth.
The number 17 DeWalt race car driven by Wisconsin native Matt Kenseth.

KANSAS CITY (WSAU-Wheeler News) - Wisconsin drivers took the top two spots in yesterday's NASCAR Nationwide Series race.

Matt Kenseth of Cambridge won the Kansas Lottery-300 in Kansas City, Kansas. Paul Menard of Eau Claire was a distant second, after he got around Regan Smith on the final lap. Kenseth took advantage of a controversial crash late in the race that involved Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski. Both of their teams are locked in a competition for the season owner's championship, and they displayed some previous bad blood that could affect today's Sprint Cup race, the Hollywood Casino-400.

Kenseth stayed above the fray, conserved fuel, and had enough for the end. It was Kenseth's third straight victory at the Kansas Speedway. He'll go for Number-Four this afternoon, as he tries to extend his four-point lead over second-place Jimmie Johnson in Race-Number-Four of the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup. Menard will start 8th today. Beloit-born Danica Patrick starts 29th, and Travis Kvapil of Janesville 36th.