Matt Kenseth couldn't beat the field with speed, so he did it with strategy yesterday in the crash-filled NASCAR Busch Series race at New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon, N.H.
The reigning Nextel Cup champion, making his seventh Busch start of 2004, came up with his second win of the season and 16th of his career in the Siemens 200.
"We had a good car, but it wasn't good enough to pass everybody," said Kenseth, who started 21st in the 43-car field. "The team had to come up with a good pit strategy to get by some of those guys. We made an early stop to get track position, and it put us in position where we could get past those last four or five guys."
Runner-up Tim Fedewa tried hard to overtake Kenseth, moving alongside the leader on a restart with 13 laps to go. But Kenseth, with the outside position, was able to hold him off and eventually pulled away, winning by 1.51 seconds -- about six car lengths.
"I got under him, but I couldn't get by him," Fedewa said. "I wish I could have caught Matt, but we needed more laps than we had."
Kenseth said: "Tim Fedewa did a great job. He got under me and could have punted me, but we gave each other room to race, like you're supposed to."
Jason Leffler finished third, followed by Kasey Kahne and Ron Hornaday Jr., who led the first 66 laps of a race that included 10 caution flags for a total of 49 laps.
* IRL: Vitor Meira won the pole for the Menards A.J. Foyt Indy 225 at the Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wis.
Meira took his first pole of the season, averaging 169.338 mph on the one-mile oval course. To earn his first Indy win today, Meira will have to hold off series points leader Tony Kanaan, who qualified second with a speed of 168.597 mph.
Meira is in 10th place in the standings, 155 points behind Kanaan.
"I'm really happy," Meira said. "The car got better each time we went out on the track. We got better two- or three-tenths every time."
Meira's Rahal Letterman Racing teammate Buddy Rice finished third, followed by Sam Hornish Jr., who had the best lap times during trials at the track in June.
Scott Dixon hit the wall in the fourth turn on his second lap, causing heavy damage to his car. He was taken to Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital for precautionary X-rays on his right knee and left ankle. He said he expected to race today, but would have to start at the back with a different car.
* CHAMP CAR: In Vancouver, B.C., Paul Tracy's day-old lap was good enough to retain pole position after final qualifying for today's Molson Indy Vancouver.
The Toronto driver's top time from Friday -- 1 minute 0.87 seconds -- went unchallenged in yesterday's qualifying session.
Tracy's Forsythe Racing teammate Rodolfo Lavin of Mexico posted the fastest time yesterday -- 1:00.98 -- to join Tracy on the front row for the race.
The fastest driver in each qualifying round is guaranteed a front-row grid position.
Series leader Sebastien Bourdais of France qualified third with his Friday time of 1:00.97 to anchor the second row for Newman Haas Racing. Mexico's Mario Dominguez posted a 1:01.68 yesterday to finish fourth.
* FORMULA ONE: Michael Schumacher won the pole position during qualifying for the German Grand Prix in Hockenheim, moving him a step closer to matching his own record of 11 wins in a season.
Schumacher had a time of 1:13.306 in his Ferrari on the 2.843-mile course to pick up his sixth pole of the season and the 61st of his career, four less than Ayrton Senna's record. Schumacher's last pole came at the European Grand Prix in May.
Juan Pablo Montoya of Williams qualified second with a time of 1:13.668.