Matt Kenseth took advantage of a restart with nine laps to go and held off Travis Sauter to win the Colony Brands 100 on Tuesday evening in front of a large crowd of fans at Madison International Speedway in Oregon, Wisconsin. Kenseth started on the outside of the front row on the final restart and was able to use the outside lane to get by Sauter. With three laps to go, Sauter tried to get to the inside of Kenseth in turn four but his car got loose allowing Kenseth to get a three car length advantage, which was enough to take him to the checkered flag. “That was one of the uglier or luckiest wins I have had in my career. We had a decent car and we hung in there all day. I thought I had a fourth or fifth place car but we were able to hang in there and take advantage when the leader had some problems,” Kenseth said in victory lane. “It was a fun race, I am more than a little surprised to be standing here winning it. Travis had the field covered and Bobby (Wilberg) ran really well also. It was a surprise.
Kenseth was running third after a caution with nine laps to go. Ahead of him on the restart, Sauter was battling with Bobby Wilberg for the lead when the two were side-by-side in turn four. Wilberg appeared to get loose and touched Sauter than spun in turn four. Officials declared that Wilberg was the cause of the yellow and was sent to the rear. Sauter would start on inside with Kenseth on outside for the final restart. As the green flew, Kenseth got a good run on the outside and shot to the lead with eight laps to go en route to the win. After the race, Sauter said he felt that he had a left front tire going down. “I got a flat tire,” Sauter confirmed after the race. “It was flat under that last caution with eight to go, I said I had a tire going down. It was dragging under caution. I had their asses beat and this sucks. But still almost fast on a flat tire. But it was real hard to drive at the end, it was out of control.” Dalton Zehr finished third in his second ever start at Madison International Speedway and for him it felt like a victory. “I tell you what, a top-five is a win for us,” Zehr exclaimed. “I have only been on this track once before and that was like seven years ago. The track was really green to me and I was probably the slowest car on the track when we showed up. We had a whole new track to learn and I feel like we got a pretty good grasp of it. A third place is a win to us but there is some room for improvement. We got the bug for this place and we will be back.” Casey Johnson finished fourth with Chris Wimmer finishing fifth. Ross Kenseth battled to a sixth place finish with Jeff Storm in seventh. Michael Bilderback was eighth and Wilberg rebounded to a ninth place finish. James Swan rounded out the top ten. This was the first Matt Kenseth’s first visit to Madison International Speedway since 2010. The last time he was here, he won the ARCA Midwest Tour’s All-Star Challenge event. This was his 27th feature win at Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile Oval. He is fifth on the all-time win list at the track. Colony Brands 100 – Unofficial Results
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