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Matt Kenseth Wins the 2017 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series Can-Am 500 at Phoenix Raceway

Avondale, ARIZ. (November 12, 2017) – Martin Truex Jr. came into the playoffs at Phoenix Raceway as the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup points leader with 4,168 points.  Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott and Jimmie Johnson with 4,060 points will all be looking for the win.

With ten wins at Phoenix raceway, Kyle Busch has the most.  He has also led the most laps as a winner with 200 laps led in 2011, as well as the most laps led as a non-winner in with 187 in 2014.  With 2,001 laps led in his NASCAR racing career at Phoenix Raceway, Busch has led the most laps.  The second closest is Carl Edwards with 568 career laps led.

Though this will be Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s last NASCAR Monster Energy race at Phoenix Raceway, it hasn’t been one of his favorites during his career.

Ryan Blaney started the field after qualifying on the pole.  The No. 11 Fed Ex Toyota Camry driven by Denny Hamlin would soon take the lead and dominate the No. 1 position for much of the race. Late in the race, Chase Elliott put Hamlin into the wall on coming out to turn 4.  The damage caused Hamlin to lose a tire and hit the wall on la 281, taking him out of the race.

After putting Hamlin into the wall, Chase Elliott was looking good for securing the final spot in the playoffs, but he lost momentum on the track and Kenseth took the lead and ultimately the win.

Kenseth took his first win in Phoenix in 2002.  His 2017 Monster Energy Cup Series win Sunday was his second win of his career.  Retiring as a driver prior to the 2018 season, it will be his last.

“It couldn’t be any sweeter,” said Kenseth, who announced this week he would be stepping away from racing in 2018. “I just don’t know how to explain it. We needed to go out and get the job done and get us a win. We were able to do that today, We got one race left and (this is) a great way to go out. I’ve been so incredibly blessed my whole career and have had so many great people work with me.”

Brad Keselowski finished 16th.  His points lead landed him in the fourth playoff position.

“It kind of just feels a little bit like Christmas,” said Keselowski, the 2012 Monster Energy Series Champion. “Sometimes, you need a little luck on your side. Today we had that. It wasn’t, by any means, where we wanted to run. We wanted to run up front and have a shot for the win, but that wasn’t in the cards. We tried to just run the smartest race we could and survive, and it ended up paying off in the end. Homestead is a lot different than Phoenix. Hopefully, we can find what we need to be able to run up front there and catch some breaks, and just win it, hands down.”

Heading into Homestead-Miami Speedway, it’s Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr. and Brad Keselowski who will be fighting for the 2017 Monster Energy Cup Series Championship.

Harvick and Busch both have three stage wins.  Truex Jr. has one stage win and Keselowski has four stage wins.

Scroll down to check out some of the action on the track during the 2017 Monster Energy Cup Series Can-Am 500 from Phoenix Raceway.

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Thanks to Chris Kaufman from Bad Rooster Images for the hand shooting this weekend at NASCAR.

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