Kenseth wins rain affected Food City 500

Matt Kenseth has come through to score his first win of the season in a rain-marred Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

The pole-sitter survived rain delays, a string of cautions and a green-white-chequered finish in a race that lasted over nine hours.

Kenseth led just 47 laps of 500, but importantly missed a string of late race crashes to score his first win since September 2013.

Even as the field came to the scheduled 500 laps the caution was out. Officials threw the red flag in an effort to finish under green. Once the track was dry, Kenseth won the shootout in a race that started 90 minutes late and endured a four-hour delay after the first 22 laps.

Despite being involved in a number of incidents, Jimmie Johnson finished second, with Jeff Gordon, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Ryan Newman completing the top five.

Bristol took its toll on many drivers, most of whom got involved in other people’s accidents, including championship leader Kevin Harvick who slammed into David Ragan after he was caught-up in one of Johnson’s incidents.

Another to fall foul of another driver’s crash was Joey Logano, who collided with Penske team-mate Brad Keselowski who tagged the wall just 22 laps into the race.

In a race that had so many turns and twists, it also featured a mid-race driver substitution when Denny Hamlin suffered neck spasms during the first stint. During the first rain stoppage the team decided to put 18-year-old rookie Erik Jones into the car. He completed the race in 26th position and the points earned will go to Hamlin.

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POS. CAR # DRIVER MAN STARTING POS. LAPS LAPS LED FINAL STATUS POINTS BONUS
1 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 1 511 47 Running 47 4
2 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 28 511 0 Running 42 0
3 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 23 511 0 Running 41 0
4 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 25 511 0 Running 40 0
5 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 18 511 0 Running 39 0
6 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 21 511 0 Running 38 0
7 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 14 511 90 Running 38 1
8 51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 15 511 0 Running 36 0
9 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 26 511 0 Running 35 0
10 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 12 511 0 Running 34 0
11 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 9 511 0 Running 33 0
12 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 37 511 0 Running 32 0
13 43 Aric Almirola Ford 30 511 0 Running 31 0
14 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 10 510 0 Running 30 0
15 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 7 510 98 Running 30 1
16 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 13 509 0 Running 28 0
17 55 Brett Moffitt Toyota 24 509 0 Running 27 0
18 38 David Gilliland Ford 32 508 0 Running 26 0
19 9 Sam Hornish Jr Ford 39 508 0 Running 25 0
20 7 Alex Bowman Chevrolet 40 508 0 Running 24 0
21 83 Matt DiBenedetto Toyota 22 508 0 Running 23 0
22 95 Michael McDowell Ford 19 507 0 Running 22 0
23 46 Michael Annett Chevrolet 36 507 0 Running 21 0
24 19 Carl Edwards Toyota 3 507 86 Running 21 1
25 34 Chris Buescher Ford 38 505 0 Running 0 0
26 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 5 505 0 Running 18 0
27 35 Cole Whitt Ford 42 504 0 Running 17 0
28 6 Trevor Bayne Ford 31 504 0 Running 16 0
29 78 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet 16 504 0 Running 15 0
30 16 Greg Biffle Ford 33 504 6 Running 15 1
31 32 Mike Bliss Ford 41 502 0 Running 0 0
32 23 J.J. Yeley Toyota 29 496 0 Running 0 0
33 33 Alex Kennedy Chevrolet 43 490 0 Running 11 0
34 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 20 489 0 Accident 10 0
35 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 2 489 0 Running 9 0
36 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet 27 487 0 Accident 8 0
37 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 8 482 0 Accident 7 0
38 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 4 468 184 Running 8 2
39 98 Josh Wise Ford 35 466 0 Accident 5 0
40 22 Joey Logano Ford 6 452 0 Running 4 0
41 18 David Ragan Toyota 11 435 0 Running 3 0
42 26 Jeb Burton Toyota 34 416 0 Accident 2 0
43 40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 17 288 0 Accident 0 0

 

 

 

STANDINGS

 

POS DRIVER POINTS BEHIND STARTS WINS TOP 5 TOP 10 DNF
1 Kevin Harvick 314 Leader 8 2 6 7 0
2 Joey Logano 284 -30 8 1 4 7 0
3 Martin Truex Jr 281 -33 8 0 1 7 0
4 Jimmie Johnson 258 -56 8 2 4 5 0
5 Brad Keselowski 255 -59 8 1 3 6 1
6 Dale Earnhardt Jr 241 -73 8 0 4 5 1
7 Kasey Kahne 237 -77 8 0 1 3 1
8 Matt Kenseth 236 -78 8 1 3 4 0
9 Jeff Gordon 227 -87 8 0 1 5 1
10 Aric Almirola 226 -88 8 0 0 0 0
11 Denny Hamlin 223 -91 8 1 3 3 0
12 Jamie McMurray 223 -91 8 0 1 3 1
13 Danica Patrick 211 -103 8 0 0 2 0
14 Paul Menard 210 -104 8 0 1 1 1
15 Carl Edwards 203 -111 8 0 0 1 0
16 Ryan Newman 201 -113 8 0 4 5 0
17 Clint Bowyer 200 -114 8 0 0 1 0
18 David Ragan 197 -117 8 0 1 1 0
19 Casey Mears 186 -128 8 0 0 1 1
20 Greg Biffle 180 -134 8 0 0 1 0
21 Austin Dillon 177 -137 8 0 0 1 1
22 Kurt Busch 174 -140 5 0 2 2 0
23 Kyle Larson 173 -141 7 0 0 3 1
24 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 172 -142 8 0 1 1 1
25 AJ Allmendinger 171 -143 8 0 0 2 2
26 David Gilliland 162 -152 8 0 0 0 0
27 Trevor Bayne 154 -160 8 0 0 0 0
28 Tony Stewart 145 -169 8 0 0 1 2
29 Justin Allgaier 145 -169 8 0 0 1 2
30 Brett Moffitt 136 -178 7 0 0 1 0
31 Sam Hornish Jr 135 -179 8 0 0 0 0
32 Cole Whitt 128 -186 8 0 0 0 1
33 Alex Bowman 91 -223 7 0 0 0 1
34 Michael Annett 90 -224 8 0 0 0 1
35 Michael McDowell 79 -235 5 0 0 0 0
36 Josh Wise 63 -251 7 0 0 0 1
37 Matt DiBenedetto 57 -257 5 0 0 0 0
38 Jeb Burton 45 -269 6 0 0 0 1
39 Alex Kennedy 35 -279 4 0 0 0 0
40 Brian Vickers 32 -282 2 0 0 0 0
41 Bobby Labonte 20 -294 1 0 0 0 0
42 Michael Waltrip 18 -296 1 0 0 0 0
43 Reed Sorenson 12 -302 1 0 0 0 0
44 Mike Wallace 8 -306 1 0 0 0 0
45 Ron Hornaday Jr 2 -312 1 0 0 0 1
46 Brian Scott 0 -314 2 0 0 0 0
47 Regan Smith 0 -314 4 0 0 0 0
48 Matt Crafton 0 -314 1 0 0 0 0
49 Ryan Blaney 0 -314 3 0 0 0 2
50 Johnny Sauter 0 -314 1 0 0 0 0
51 Chris Buescher 0 -314 4 0 0 0 0
52 Landon Cassill 0 -314 8 0 0 0 3
53 J.J. Yeley 0 -314 8 0 0 0 1
54 Brendan Gaughan 0 -314 4 0 0 0 0
55 Ty Dillon 0 -314 1 0 0 0 0
56 Mike Bliss 0 -314 6 0 0 0 0
57 Joe Nemechek 0 -314 1 0 0 0 0
58 Chase Elliott 0 -314 1 0 0 0 0
59 Travis Kvapil 0 -314 0 0 0 0 0
60 Tanner Berryhill 0 -314 0 0 0 0 0
61 Justin Marks 0 -314 0 0 0 0 0