LOUDON, N.H. (AP) -- Matt Kenseth couldn't beat the field with speed, so he did it with strategy Saturday in the crash-filled NASCAR Busch Series race at New Hampshire International Speedway.
The reigning Nextel Cup champion, making only his seventh Busch start of 2004, came up with his second win of the season and 16th of his career in the Siemens 200.
"We had a good car, but it wasn't good enough to pass everybody," said Kenseth, who started 21st in the 43-car field. "The team had to come up with a good pit strategy to get by some of those guys. We made an early stop to get track position and it put us in position where we could get past those last four or five guys."
Runner-up Tim Fedewa tried hard to overtake Kenseth, moving alongside the leader on a restart with 13 laps to go. But Kenseth, with the outside position, was able to hold off the challenge and eventually pulled away, winning by 1.51 seconds -- about six car-lengths.
"I got under him, but I couldn't get by him," Fedewa said. "I wish I could have caught Matt, but we needed more laps than we had."
Kenseth said: "Tim Fedewa did a great job. He got under me and could have punted me, but we gave each other room to race, like you're supposed to."
Jason Leffler finished third, followed by Kasey Kahne and Ron Hornaday Jr., who led the first 66 laps of a race that included 10 caution flags for a total of 49 laps.
On Lap 163, Busch banged off the rear of polesitter Jamie McMurray's car and sent series leader Martin Truex Jr. banging off the wall.
Both were able to continue and, on a restart on Lap 183, Busch rammed the back of Jason Keller's car and the two collided again as they spun. NASCAR gave Busch a one-lap penalty for rough driving and he wound up 25th.
Busch and Keller exchanged heated words in the pits and again in the garage following the race.
Busch is now 94 points behind Truex, who finished 11th on the same track where he is set to make his Cup debut Sunday, filling in for the injured Dale Earnhardt Jr.