July 3, 2013 —
He captured the Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts title by the series' second-closest margin of victory at the track ahead of Earnhardt Ganassi driver Jamie McMurray.
Michael Waltrip Racing driver Clint Bowyer, Penske Racing's Joey Logano and Kenseth's JGR teammate, Kyle Busch, the inaugural Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts winner, rounded out the race top five.
McMurray snared his first NSCS top-five finish at Kentucky Speedway.
“It was definitely an up and down day, but we had a really fast car. Speed hasn't been an issue for us this year, we just haven't been able to get the finishes I feel like we deserve,” McMurray said.
Hendrick Motorsports driver and current NSCS championship leader Jimmie Johnson had a solid day ruined on the Lap 247 restart that followed Kenseth's winning pit move. Johnson's No. 48 spun in Turn 2, but he rebounded with a ninth-place showing that marks his second career top-10 Kentucky Speedway NSCS finish. He led a series single-race track record 182 laps. Busch held the previous record after leading 125 laps during his victorious inaugural event effort.
Sunday's race concludes a tripleheader NASCAR weekend at the speedway. Action returns to the 1.5-mile Bluegrass State tri-oval September 20 with the ARCA Racing Series ZLOOP 150 and September 21 NASCAR Nationwide Series Kentucky 300.
Tickets, infield Fan Zone passes and campsites can be purchased at www.kentuckyspeedway.com, (859) 578-2300 and the Kentucky Speedway ticket office at 1 Speedway Drive in Sparta, just off Interstate 71 Exit 57 and KY 35 north.