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Disastrous NASCAR Rules Package Makes Matt Kenseth’s Michigan Win Day of Infamy

It was no discredit either to Matt Kenseth or his increasingly dominant Joe Gibbs Racing team that NASCAR’s rules geniuses botched the package used in the Pure Michigan 400. It’s not the winner’s job to keep everyone else caught up. “We had, obviously, a dominant car since we got here,” Kenseth said. “It showed up in qualifying, and Jason (Ratcliff, the crew chief) had it tuned up today where the handling was great, as we had enough speed to stay up there.” Kenseth’s gaudy yellow Toyota led 146 of the 200 laps in the Pure Michigan 400, which, given the inevitable passing along of the top spot when pit stops occurred, was approximately every one that mattered. He started on the pole and led in...

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