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Kenseth wins FedEx 400

By: Adam Niemeyer

Cincinnati, OH (FOX19)—When Juan Pablo Montoya spun with less than 40 laps to go at Dover, numerous different pit strategies played out. Mark Martin's crew chief Lance McGrew told the 52 year old to stay out, and Martin assumed the lead.

Matt Kenseth took two tires, and drove by Mark Martin with 32 laps to go. From there Kenseth set sail, and took his second checkered flag of 2011, winning the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks.

Kenseth beat Martin by over two seconds, and was elated in Victory Lane.

"I never thought I'd say I would kiss a guy, but if Doug Yates was here I'd kiss him," Kenseth said of his engine builder in Victory Lane. "It made our job so much easier."

Martin, who used to be Kenseth's Roush Racing teammate, finished a season-best second.

"We ran good," Martin said. "But we were getting ready to finish 15th again. We've ran that well all year and finished 15th, but today was just a great Dover race. Man, I love this place."

Marcos Ambrose finished a career best third. Kyle Busch and Brian Vickers rounded out the top five. Clint Bowyer and Carl Edwards battled to the checkered flag but Bowyer nipped Edwards to finish sixth, and Martin Truex Jr., whose only career win came at Dover in 2007, finished eighth.

Jimmie Johnson led 207 laps, but the five-time defending Cup champion took four tires on the final pit stop, and finished ninth. Johnson led 133 of the first 143 laps.

Kevin Harvick finished tenth. Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 12th.

A.J. Allmendinger had a pretty good car all day, running in the top five for the first 150 laps before engine trouble relegated him to a 37th place finish.

"The track has gotten slick and I was catching those guys. I thought I had it figured out," Allmendinger said. "It sucks because I really want to win."

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