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NASCAR NOTES: Keselowski wins but Kenseth the big story

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It's not often that the Cup Series winner gets upstaged by another story but that certainly happened this week when Matt Kenseth's announcement that he was leaving Rousch/Fenway Racing at the end of the season overshadowed Brad Keselowski's win.

Keselowski overcame a first-lap crash in practice to dominate in Saturday night's Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway.

"I tell you what, they put together a backup car from last year in 100-degree heat in an hour's time," said Keselowski of his team's effort after the crash. "That's what got us to Victory Lane today, and I'm proud of these guys for it."

The crash was a result of contact with Juan Pablo Montoya on the track that Keselowski wasn't going to put up with.

"I'm not going to be pushed around," continued Keselowski regarding the incident. "That's one code that I'm going to continue to live by."

The accident seemed to inspire the entire team and with three wins now under their belts, the Chase is only a formality. Now they can set their sights on winning a championship.

"The only thing that means anything is the Chase," said Keselowski. "That is the only thing that matters."

As impressive as Keselowski's win was Saturday night, the focus of the media surrounded Matt Kenseth and his move away from Roush/Fenway Racing. Team owner Jack Roush was a little taken aback by Kenseth's decision to leave after spending his entire career with RFR.

"I was a little surprised when I found out that Matt would not be signing with us," admitted Roush prior to Saturday's event. "I didn't know we were at that point."

Kenseth, on the other hand, was anxious to put the issue behind him.

"It's been a stressful season for us. From the sponsorship search to not knowing what I was doing for next season," explained Kenseth on his decision. "It all came together quickly and it's the right thing to do and the right place for me."

With his team leading the point standings, Kenseth feels that his decision won't hurt them as they try to win a second Cup Series title.

"It's only going to be a distraction if we let it be," continued Matt. "It's up to me and the race team to stay focused."

Kenseth's seventh-place finish on Saturday indicates that his team's focus is pretty good. With eight races remaining before the postseason, both Kenseth and Keselowski can rest assured that they will have a chance to compete for the title. However, there are ten other teams that will certainly have something to say about who wants away the winner at season's end.

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