Matt Kenseth, the top seed in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, added to his long list of victories in Sunday’s rain-interrupted GEICO 400 at Chicagoland Speedway.
With a strong push from Kevin Harvick after a restart with on Lap 245 of 267, Kenseth pulled away to beat Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch to the checkered flag by just .749 seconds. Both Kenseth and Busch raced under the stopping power of Raybestos brakes.
The victory was Kenseth’s sixth of the season, tops in the Cup series, and his most ever in a single season. The driver of the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota claimed his first win at Chicagoland and the 30th of his career … 22nd on the all-time list.
“Matt had a great restart with 23 laps to go and, eventually, he was able to get under Kyle and make the pass for the lead,” said Jason Ratcliff, Crew Chief of Kenseth’s No. 20 Dollar General Toyota. “But Matt only has an eight point advantage… so it’s going to be a lot of fun to watch these two during the next nine Chase races.”
The Raybestos Racing brake package, used by NASCAR teams like Joe Gibbs Racing, combines ample stopping power with a considerable weight savings advantage on short tracks like the Chicagoland Speedway’s 1.5-Mile track.
According to the company, Raybestos racing brake pads are the ultimate high-friction, high-torque racing pads. The famous Raybestos “ST” series racing compounds provide superior stopping power for championship-caliber race teams.
Raybestos Racing calipers make up the strongest and lightest caliper package currently available in all of NASCAR. They have an optimized structure caliper architecture design and a mono-block aluminum alloy construction. They also include integral crossover cooling and progressively sized titanium pistons.
Raybestos Racing two-piece rotors are engineered to withstand the high-heat torture of short tracks and road courses; delivering the effective lightweight operation required for qualifying and superspeedway runs. Winning features include an S-groove slot design, a racing-specific vane configuration and optimized metallurgy.
For reliable performance, all Joe Gibbs Sprint Cup racecars are also equipped with Raybestos Racing ball joints and tie rods. The premium-quality chassis parts help fine-tune each car’s suspension setup for optimal grip and handling, said the company.
The lessons learned on tracks like Chicagoland are continually translated into product improvements across the entire Raybestos product line, which includes racing, street performance, police patrol/pursuit vehicles and heavy-duty trucks.
For more information on the Raybestos Sprint Cup braking system, or for questions on any Raybestos brand brakes, visit www.RaybestosBrakes.com or call 800-323-0354.