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Kenseth records DNF; Junior has 'one coming'

June 22, 2014, Staff report,

2003 champion sees day end early after Lap 74 accident

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Matt Kenseth's day at Sonoma Raceway came to an early end on Sunday following contact from Dale Earnhardt Jr. that led to the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota to head off the track and into a tire barrier.

Kenseth's car took a hard hit, but the 2003 premier series champion walked away from the wreck just fine.

The accident came on Lap 74 and brought out a caution. At the time, Kenseth was running in the middle of the pack at 17th place.

The DNF is Kenseth's first in 15 races at Sonoma. He has just one top-10 finish at the road course. He finished 42nd.

Kenseth told TNT after the accident that "I knew (Dale Earnhardt Jr.) was on my right side. On restarts, you have to run side-by-side. He got under me going into (Turn) 7, but I left him plenty of room. We ran through side-by-side earlier too. He just plowed into my right rear and wrecked me so I don't know if he got into the curb and moved his car. I don't know what happened. It really doesn't matter at this point. Unfortunately, (it) ended out day."

Earnhardt took responsibility for the incident over his radio, saying, "My bad, I came off the curb and came right into him."

He later sent out this tweet:


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