It was a close finish, but it was always going be a Mustang that won. With just two laps remaining in the 200-lap race, Matt Kenseth made history by sticking his number 16 car up the inside of Carl Edwards’s Ford to take the first ever win in the NASCAR TopGear 300. The two had traded the lead - and layers of paint - for the last 50 laps of the 1.5-mile Charlotte Motor Speedway Circuit, and none of the Chevys and Dodges had got even close, so the smart money was all on a Blue Oval victory.
Words: Pat Devereux
Photos: Daniel Byrne
This feature was originally published in the July 2011 issue of Top Gear magazine