In the Auto Club 500, Kenseth beat runner-up Jeff Gordon by 1½ seconds. By the way, Gordon was the driver who won the first two Cup Races of the season in 1997. In Fontana, Kenseth led 84 of 250 laps. He passed Gordon at lap 212 and stayed in first place until the end. Gordon tried to pass, but could not. Kyle Busch came in third. Roush Fenway driver Greg Biffle, a four-time winner at Fontana came in fourth-place.
Matt Kenseth wins the Daytona 500 in Daytona Beach, Florida for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 500
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In Daytona, Kenseth took over the lead two laps before NASCAR stopped the season-opening event. Kenseth was recovering from a winless season and initially had bad luck at Daytona International Speedway. In the Daytona 500, he wrecked his primary car and started Sunday's race in last place in a back-up vehicle.
Kenseth managed to turn it up a notch on the track as the rain closed in on the season-opener. He passed Elliot Sadler with 54 laps remaining. Moments later the rain came and a caution came out for an accident. NASCAR stopped the race two laps later and Kenseth was declared the winner.
Two facts remain, it rained in the first two races of the NASCAR Cup Series and Matt Kenseth won both. History will remember who won.
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