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Kenseth Wins NASCAR’s Lycos.Com 250

June 15, 1998

FOUNTAIN, Colo. (AP) _ Pole-sitter Matt Kenseth took advantage of an extra set of tires to win NASCAR’s inaugural Lycos.Com 250 Busch Series race Sunday at Pikes Peak International Raceway.

Kenseth, the fastest qualifier Friday at 134.193 mph, beat Phil Parsons by 2.945 seconds, averaging 102.834 around the banked, 1-mile oval. It was the second career victory for Kenseth, who got his first in February at Rockingham, N.C.

Two-time defending series champion Randy LaJoie was next, followed by Elton Sawyer and Jeff Purvis. All but Ford driver Sawyer were in Chevrolets.

Kenseth said NASCAR’s decision to give every competitor an extra set of tires _ made during the race because of excessive wear _ proved invaluable.

``We were kind of concerned about tires,″ he said. ``We would have been out of tires, but NASCAR gave everybody an extra set. I’m sure it saved a lot of cars.″

LaJoie, who has struggled much of the season while splitting his time between the Busch Series and Winston Cup, led in the 156th lap but fell behind during a pit stop.

``We had to charge there at the end to finish third,″ said LaJoie, fourth in the Busch Series standings with 1,838 points. ``I’m pretty darned happy. We lost a little ground (in points) on Matt, but we gained a lot of ground on the rest.″

Kenseth leads the points race with 2,082. Mike McLaughlin, who finished 20th, is second with 2,009. Dale Earnhardt Jr., whose car slowed near the midpoint of the race, is third with 2,000 points after a 10th-place finish.

There was only one multi-car accident during the race. Glenn Allen spun out on lap 170 and was hit by the Mike Dillon. Earnhardt skidded to a stop behind them, but did not make contact. All three remained in the race.

Kenseth joins Earnhardt and Winston Cup regular Joe Nemechek with two victories apiece on the Busch tour.

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