Matt Kenseth held off Kasey Kahne over the final 26 laps of Sunday's Kobalt Tools 400 to win his first race with Joe Gibbs Racing on his 41st birthday.
Kahne was the race's strongest car, leading a race high 114 laps, but Kenseth found himself out front after he won the race off of pit road with 41 laps to go. Why? Well, because crew chief Jason Ratcliff had made the call to take no tires while most of the rest of the leaders took two.
On that caution, Kahne had to wait to leave his pit stall as Tony Stewart was entering his pit directly in front of Kahne's. That meant that Kahne restarted in sixth, but his car was strong enough that he was able to work his way back up to second.
But much like it was with the previous car (ha! NASCAR, you can't fine me!), clean air was a strong advocate for the car at the front, and when Kenseth jumped out on that final restart, he never lost the lead.
"I was real nervous, all day (Kahne) had the best car," Kenseth said in victory lane. "I told (crewRead More »from Matt Kenseth wins at Las Vegas on 41st birthday