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2014 FedEx 400: Busch’s trifecta bid hits the wall

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Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin left the FedEx 400 at Dover International Speedway with top five finishes, but Kyle Busch left with a trifecta unfulfilled after finishing 42nd.

Kenseth, who started 21st in the No. 20 Dollar General Toyota Camry, worked his way into the top five by Lap 80 and into the lead for the first of five times on Lap 159. Kenseth remained in the top five the rest of the way, and for his third-place efforts took over the Sprint Cup Series points lead.

Hamlin started seventh in the No. 11 FedEx Freight/Autism Speaks Toyota and moved into the top five quickly. A pit road speeding penalty on Lap 67 put him just outside the top 20 on the restart, but Hamlin and his team prevailed, moving back into the top five by Lap 160. After a late-race pit stop, he worked his way back into the fifth spot at the finish line.

Busch, who started on the outside pole in the No. 18 M&Ms Peanut Butter Toyota, led the opening 81 laps of the race, but contact with the No. 15 of Clint Bowyer forced Busch into the outside wall with heavy damage. Busch, who had won the Camping World Truck Series and Nationwide Series races on Friday and Saturday, respectively, saw his bid for a second trifecta go up in smoke as he retreated to the garage and a 42nd-place finish.

Jimmie Johnson dominated the field, leading 272 laps in winning the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks. Brad Keselowski finished second, followed by Kenseth, Bowyer and Hamlin.

The Sprint Cup Series is back on track Sunday, June 8th at Pocono Raceway. Keep up with the action at joegibbsracing.com.

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