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Kenseth sweeps without Bristol stomp

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During the Nextel Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway, SPEEDTV.com's Tom Jensen provided Instant Analysis. Check out this excerpt as he reported Matt Kenseth's win and answered your questions about the Busch Series race.

What a weekend for Matt Kenseth, winning the Busch and Cup races. The Cup win was his second straight, and it gave Ford a sweep of all three Bristol races this week, as Mark Martin won the Truck Series race Wednesday. The victory was the 14th Cup triumph of Kenseth's career and puts him in great shape for the title run. He has scored top 10 finishes in nine of the last 10 races at Bristol, including two consecutive wins in the Sharpie 500.

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Media darling?

Kevin from Germantown, Md.: After Matt Kenseth won the Busch race on Friday, "the clean pass" was put in headlines. Did we all forget that it was Matt Kenseth who sent the third-place car of Jeff Gordon spinning in the first Bristol Nextel Cup race this season? Matt is just as bad as everyone else. The media is trying to make Matt the golden child... Matt is far from that... Where is the talk about Matt spinning Gordon on the last lap at Bristol? Where were the rough driving penalties last night? Ryan Newman spinning out Reed Sorenson? Newman had all the track to pass, but he chose to spin Reed? Bad driving on Newman's part. Tom Jensen: The media isn't trying to make Matt Kenseth the golden child, just reporting the facts: Kenseth made a clean pass for the win in the Bristol Busch race, and after the fact, even Kevin Harvick applauded his driving. That was the night's big news. If Kenseth dumps someone, we'll say he dumped someone.

Send your questions & comments to Tom

I absolutely agree that Ryan Newman made a boneheaded move when he ran into the back of Eric McClure and drilled him into the wall. There was neither a good reason nor a good excuse for it. For the record, though, Newman hit McClure, McClure hit the wall, and his car was hit by Sorenson. Newman did not run into Sorenson although Newman was the cause of the accident that took out Sorenson.

Sauter OK

Jamie from Wilkesboro, N.C.: Hello, Tom. Just wondering how the driver that had to be taken to the hospital in the Busch race is doing? Tom Jensen: Jamie, thanks for the question. I'm happy to report that Tim Sauter was released from the hospital Saturday and is fine, just a little sore.
Tagged: Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth, Ryan Newman, Reed Sorenson, Kevin Harvick

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