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Sharpie 500 - Bristol Motor Speedway

Kenseth Stomps the Competition at Bristol
Matt Kenseth done a little Bristol stompin’ on Saturday night, only Kenseth stomped the field in the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Kenseth put on a clinic in domination, winning from the pole position and never getting passed by any car on the track on his way to his first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory this season. With the win, Kenseth, the 2003 Cup Series Champion, broke a 57-race winless streak. His last victory came at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March of the 2004 season. This was also Kenseth’s first win in 12 career races at the .533-mile Bristol Motor Speedway. Kenseth led the most laps for the second time in a race this season, he also led the most at Chicagoland (176 of 267 laps,) pacing the field nine times for a total of 415 laps, the most laps that he has led in a single race in his NASCAR NEXTEL Cup career. Kenseth also led more laps in tonight’s short-track race than he had led in his first 33-race career short-track races (271 laps). The second-place lap leader lead only 27 laps on the night. Although Kenseth dominated the event, there was a little excitement in the finish as the race would end with only two laps remaining, or a green-white-checkered finish, after Kyle Petty’s accident in turn two on lap 495. But Kenseth still couldn’t be touched and pulled away to a 0.511-second win, scoring his 10th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 208th career start. This was Kenseth’s second victory in 34 career short-track races. Kenseth now becomes the 11th different race winner in the 2005 season. Kenseth scored the seventh victory for car owner Jack Roush at Bristol Motor Speedway, this was Roush’s 84th victory as a car owner and ninth in 20 races this season. Kenseth becomes the fourth Roush Racing driver to win a points paying race this season, joining Kurt Busch, Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards, Mark Martin won the non-points NEXTEL All-Star event. With the win, Kenseth climbed from 15th to 11th in the NEXTEL Cup point standings, now 622 behind first-place Tony Stewart and just 11 behind 10th-place Jeff Gordon. Jeff Burton had an impressive run, coming home in the runner-up position, his ninth top-10 finish in 24 races at Bristol Motor Speedway and his best finish of the season. Greg Biffle finished third, posting his third top-10 finish in six races at Bristol and his 13th top-10 finish in 2005. Historically strong at Bristol, Ricky Rudd pocketed a fourth-place finish, his 31st top-10 finish in 56 races at Bristol, while Rusty Wallace’s “Last Call” produced a fifth place effort, his 29th top-10 finish in 44 races at Bristol. Jimmie Johnson and Biffle clinched a spot in the Chase for the NEXTEL Cup this week while Wallace will secure a spot in the Chase next weekend at California simply by starting the race.

Sharpie 500 Notes
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· Rookie Post-Race Quotes
· Point Standings
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· Starting Lineup
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· Final Practice
· Chevrolet Friday Quotes
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· Qualifying Order
· Entry List
· Race Notes
· Weekend Schedule
· MRN Notes
· Raybestos Rookie Notes
· Robby Gordon Notes
· Bobby Hamilton Jr. Notes
· Scott Wimmer Notes
· Dave Blaney Notes
· Jeff Green Notes
· Tony Stewart Notes
· Jimmie Johnson Notes
· Greg Biffle Notes
· Rusty Wallace Notes
· Mark Martin Notes
· Jeremy Mayfield Notes
· Kurt Busch Notes
· Ryan Newman Notes
· Carl Edwards Notes
· Jamie McMurray Notes
· Dale Jarrett Notes
· Jeff Gordon Notes
· Elliott Sadler Notes
· Kevin Harvick Notes
· Matt Kenseth Notes
· Dale Earnhardt Jr. Notes
· Joe Nemechek Notes
· Brian Vickers Notes
· Kasey Kahne Notes
· Jeff Burton Notes
· Kyle Busch Notes
· Casey Mears Notes
· Bobby Labonte Notes
· Ricky Rudd Notes
· Scott Riggs Notes
· Sterling Marlin Notes
· Ken Schrader Notes
· Kyle Petty Notes

Kenseth Grabs Bud Pole at Bristol Motor Speedway
Matt Kenseth pulled a surprise out of the hat and won the pole position for Saturday night’s Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Kenseth was the 47th of 49 qualifiers to go out and knocked Jeff Gordon from the Bud Pole with a qualifying lap of 15.073 seconds, at an average speed of 127.300 mph. This is only Kenseth’s second career Bud Pole in 208 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races. His other Bud Pole was at Dover in May 2002, 119 races ago. This is Kenseth’s fourth top-10 start in 10 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Kenseth now becomes the 15th different Bud Pole winner this season. Kenseth gives Ford its fourth pole in 2005 and second in the past four races. Chevrolet has 10 Bud Poles and Dodge has eight. There have been 10 different Bud Pole winners in the last 14 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Bristol Motor Speedway, but only three in the past eight. Jeff Gordon (four), Ryan Newman (two) and Rusty Wallace (two) are the repeat Bud Pole winner in the 14-race period. Jeff Gordon posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 15.085 seconds, at an average speed of 127.199 mph – and will join Kenseth on the front row for the Sharpie 500. This is Gordon’s 23rd top-10 start in his 26 races at Bristol. It is his eighth straight top-five start here. Dave Blaney qualified third, posting his third top-10 start in 10 races at Bristol. He started second here in the spring race this season and eighth in the spring of 2001. Greg Biffle will start fourth while Ricky Rudd will roll off fro the fifth position. Forty-eight races at Bristol have been won from the first four starting positions (54 percent). The furthest back in the field that a Bristol race winner has started was 38th by Elliott Sadler in the 2001 Food City 500.


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