Matt Kenseth, the top seed in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, added to his long list of victories in Sunday’s rain-interrupted GEICO 400 at Chicagoland Speedway.
With a strong push from Kevin Harvick after a restart with on Lap 245 of 267, Kenseth pulled away to beat Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch to the checkered flag by just .749 seconds. Both Kenseth and Busch raced under the stopping power of Raybestos brakes.
The victory was Kenseth’s sixth of the season, tops in the Cup series, and his most ever in a single season. The driver of the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota claimed his first win at Chicagoland and the 30th of his career — 22nd on the all-time list.
“Matt had a great restart with 23 laps to go and, eventually, he was able to get under Kyle and make the pass for the lead,” said Jason Ratcliff, Crew Chief of Kenseth’s No. 20 Dollar General Toyota. “But Matt only has an eight point advantage… so it’s going to be a lot of fun to watch these two during the next nine Chase races.”
The lessons learned on tracks like Chicagoland are continually translated into product improvements across the entire Raybestos product line, which includes racing, street performance, police patrol/pursuit vehicles and heavy-duty trucks.