LOUDON, N.H. — Was this real or instant replay?
For the second straight week, in the second race of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Matt Kenseth led Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch to the finish line — and for Kenseth, who has struggled at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, that added a dreamlike quality to the victory.
The top seed in the Chase, Kenseth won Sunday's Sylvania 300 by .533 seconds over Busch as JGR asserted its superiority for the second consecutive week. A half hour after the race ended, the magnitude of the victory was still sinking in for the 2003 Sprint Cup champion.
"For me to win at New Hampshire, first of all, is more than a stretch and more than a dream," Kenseth said. "This is probably one of my worst places. That just shows you how good this whole team is. ... I didn't even know there was a Victory Lane here.