Matt Kenseth celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

14 cautions. A race that had many fans scratching their heads and wondering if they weren’t watching Bristol instead of Kansas on Sunday afternoon. Drivers were making contact with each other and the wall as a series of right tires gave away. The number of cautions at Kansas Speedway set a record for the entire 2012 season.

At the end of the wildness, it was Matt Kenseth who would win the Hollywood Casino 400 from the 1.5 mile tri-oval track. Kenseth, was one of several drivers involved in incidents. Kenseth brushed the wall after Aric Almirola spun off turn two trying to pass Mark Martin.

The win was Kenseth’s second in the last three races, Talladega Superspeedway was the site of Kenseth’s last win, and his third of the 2012 season. This is the first time Kenseth has been to victory lane at Kansas Speedway. The win left Kenseth emotional in victory lane as he was being interviewed by ESPN’s Jerry Punch. As you may recall, Kenseth is leading Roush-Fenway Racing at season’s end for Joe Gibbs Racing and has been anything but a lame duck since the September announcement.

“I really got to thank God and all the opportunities He’s put in front me and all the guidance He’s given me through pretty much my whole life, not just (racing),” Kenseth said. “I really want to thank Jack Roush, Robbie Reiser, Mark Martin. Without them guys, I never would have been at Roush Fenway Racing.”

Aside from the weirdness on the track, there was some weirdness off the track as Rick Hendrick made the early announcement that Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was expected to be in the car next weekend at Martinsville instead of Regan Smith; however, this was changed to possibly cleared as Earnhardt will have a closed test at Gresham Motorsports Park on Monday, which will be attended by his neurologist, and then on Tuesday will be seen by the doctor in his office.

“I didn’t read my emails this morning,” Hendrick said. “I spoke too soon. I do apologize. I’ve been scolded severely. I promise I will keep my mouth shut.”

Speaking of Smith, he finsihed seventh in his second race in the No. 88 Chevrolet.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points leader, Brad Keselowski, finished the race in eighth and now has a seven point lead over second place Jimmie Johnson.

The next race for the Sprint Cup Series is Sunday, October 28, at Martinsville Speedway.

Race Results: (Bold Shows Chase Drivers)

  1. Matt Kenseth
  2. Martin Truex Jr.
  3. Paul Menard
  4. Kasey Kahne
  5. Tony Stewart
  6. Clint Bowyer
  7. Regan Smith
  8. Brad Keselowski
  9. Jimmie Johnson
  10. Jeff Gordon
  11. Kevin Harvick
  12. Marcos Ambrose
  13. Denny Hamlin
  14. Carl Edwards
  15. Jamie McMurray
  16. Juan Pablo Montoya
  17. Travis Kvapil
  18. Landon Cassill
  19. Joey Logano
  20. David Ragan
  21. Trevor Bayne
  22. Timmy Hill
  23. David Gilliland
  24. Mark Martin
  25. Kurt Busch
  26. Sam Hornish Jr.
  27. Greg Biffle
  28. Jeff Burton
  29. Aric Almirola
  30. Ryan Newman
  31. Kyle Busch
  32. Danica Patrick
  33. Bobby Labonte
  34. Scott Speed
  35. AJ Allmendinger
  36. Mike Bliss
  37. Casey Mears
  38. Kelly Bires
  39. Dave Blaney
  40. Joe Nemechek
  41. Reed Sorenson
  42. JJ Yeley
  43. Michael McDowell

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