PHOENIX

THREE THINGS WE LEARNED

The Progress-Index - - SPORTS - — God­win Kelly, god­win. kelly@news-jrnl.com

1. Old guys rule Matt Kenseth brought a smile to peo­ple of “a cer­tain age” when he passed and beat kid driver Chase El­liott (21) at Phoenix. “I re­ally feel like I have a few years left, I re­ally do,” the 45-year-old driver said. “I feel like I can win races and run for cham­pi­onships.” But, no ride in 2018.

2. Up and down

Brad Ke­selowski was driv­ing a stock car and rid­ing a roller coaster of emo­tion as he danced in and out of the Cham­pi­onship Round. Denny Ham­lin over­took Kez in points, but then crashed out. El­liott would have got in on a win. “Just feel glad to make it through,” Kez said.

3. Wall fires?

You’ve heard of a fire­wall (soft­ware that helps fight bad in­ter­net bugs), but a wall fire? It hap­pened Sun­day at Phoenix. A red-hot piece of brake ro­tor flew into the space be­tween the con­crete and SAFER bar­ri­ers ig­nit­ing a blaze. Maybe the most bizarre in­ci­dent of the sea­son.

[AP/ROSS D. FRANKLIN]

Matt Kenseth cel­e­brates what was likely his last NASCAR Cup Se­ries vic­tory, at Phoenix.

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