SONOMA, CAL (LEARFIELD-WSAU) Wisconsin NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth escaped injury, after his car took a hard hit from Dale Earnhardt Junior during yesterday's Toyota/Save Mart-350 in Sonoma California.
It happened on the 74th of 110 laps of the Sonoma road course, when Kenseth -- a Cambridge native -- was running in the middle of the pack. Earnhardt took responsibility, saying he came off a curb and slammed into Kenseth, whose car veered off the track and struck a tire barrier.
Kenseth did not finish the Sonoma road course for the first time in 15 races there. The 2003 champion of NASCAR's top series never had a Top-Ten finish on the California road course. He placed 42nd yesterday, but he remains fourth in the Sprint Cup season point standings -- 65 points behind series leader Jeff Gordon, who placed second.
Paul Menard of Eau Claire took fifth, and he rose one spot for the year to 12th as he contends for his first Chase title series in the fall. Beloit-born Danica Patrick placed 18th. She remains 28th in the standings. Carl Edwards won his first career road event.