News 12 @ 11 Saturday March 8, 2008
HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) -- Matt Kenseth was just happy to be in a
NASCAR Nationwide Series Victory Circle after nearly a year.
Kenseth passed Jeff Burton for the lead on lap 186 of today's
Nicorette 300. the race was extended three laps beyond its
scheduled 195 laps at Atlanta Motor Speedway by a late caution
Kenseth managed to hold off Kevin Harvick by about three
car-lengths in a green-white-checker shootout, winning for the
first time since April 14, 2007, at Texas.
Kyle Busch looked like a runaway winner as he led 153 of the
first 170 laps before blowing a tire and hitting the wall for the
second straight week. That left the battle to Kenseth, Burton and
After Kenseth took the lead, Burton faded and Harvick gave chase
to the leader, looking several times like he could catch him. But a
bad pit stop and ill-timed caution flags at the end allowed Kenseth
to maintain control on the way to his 24th Nationwide victory.
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