Kenseth Rains On Busch’s Parade
DARLINGTON, S.C. – Matt Kenseth showed up and spoiled Kyle Busch’s party.
Kenseth chased down Busch in the late stages of Saturday’s Bojangles Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway and pulled away to his third NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory of the season.
Busch dominated Saturday’s 500-mile race, leading 265 of the 367 laps at the 1.366-mile oval. It looked as if no one had anything for Busch until Kenseth arrived on the scene in the final 29 laps of the race.
The stage was set for the battle between Kenseth and Busch during a restart on lap 332. Busch had the lead with Kasey Kahne running second. Kahne and Busch went to war over the top spot, with Kahne seemingly getting the lead as he entered turn one on lap 335.
As Kahne started to clear Busch it appeared Busch made very slight contact with the left-rear of Kahne’s car, sending him into the outside wall to bring out a caution flag.
That moved Kenseth into second for the restart with 29 laps left. Busch pulled away on the restart, but Kenseth slowly began to reel him in. He caught Busch with 15 laps left and two laps later Kenseth made his move, driving by Busch to take the lead for good.