Matt Kenseth wins NASCAR Nationwide Series race
Matt Kenseth won the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Kansas Speedway and drivers Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch got into a battle of words afterward.
The Associated Press
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Matt Kenseth is proving to be unbeatable at Kansas Speedway.
The winner of the last two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at the track, Kenseth got into his Nationwide Series car and drove it to victory Saturday in the Kansas Lottery 300, taking advantage of a controversial late-race wreck that involved Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch.
Paul Menard finished second.
Busch was fourth and Keselowski, sent into the wall by Busch, was 28th.
“I got wrecked by a dirty driver,” said Keselowski, last year’s Sprint Cup Series champion. “There’s no other way of putting it.”
Keselowski was merely getting warmed up.
“I’ve watched him wreck my truck and cost me from winning races,” he said of Busch. “He put me in the fence in Chicago in the truck race. Nationwide races, he’s been pulling this crap.
“It’s not going to last, I can tell you that. I feel bad for the guys next to me (indicating Busch’s No. 54 team) that are going to have to fix his stuff. That’s going to be part of racing and they are going to have to deal with it. Now we’ve got war.”
Busch accepted responsibility for the collision, but said it was an accident.
“It was hard racing. There were a lot of moments where I maybe felt a little crowded,” Busch recalled. “The contact that ultimately ended it, I just got real tight.”
As for Keselowski’s criticism, Busch said, “Brad Keselowski knows what dirty drivers are because he’s done it plenty of times. But I have yet to wreck a person on purpose.”
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Dixon is eight points behind series leader Helio Castroneves, who entered the race with a 49-point lead and finished 18th.