Matt Kenseth breaks down in rare emotional interview after NASCAR win

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The Team Penske driver came into Sunday's Can-Am 500 race at Phoenix International Speedway leading the remaining NASCAR Cup Series playoff drivers in points, and that proved to be enough to get him through to Homestead even without a win. Keselowski entered the race 19 points ahead of Hamlin and 22 points ahead of Blaney.

Elliott finished second Sunday, failing to advance to the title race but was asked about nudging Hamlin out of the way. The Championship 4 of Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr. and Brad Keselowski has been set. Five drivers are competing for the final spot in next week's championship race. Johnson's day ended early thanks to a blown tire just before the end of Stage 2. The race was dominated by Denny Hamlin, who was unable to finish the race, yet still led 191 of the 275 laps he was on the track for.

Stage 1: Kyle Larson hung around the front of the pack for most of the first stage, but he finally passed Hamlin with a couple to go to win Stage 1.

Despite already being eliminated from the playoffs, Kenseth grabbed the lead from Chase Elliott with 10 laps to go and held on for the victory at Phoenix Raceway. He led for 193 of 312 laps. That means Keselowski must finish ahead of Hamlin in the race results, and Keselowski finished Stage 2 in 13th.

Jimmie Johnson, who qualified for the round of 8, had a tire go down on Lap 150 and hit the wall, ending his championship hopes.

Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix Raceway ended with Matt Kenseth taking the checkered flag - a finish that was equally unexpected and flawless.

The final race of the season comes next Sunday with the Ford Ecoboost 400 from Homestead-Miami Speedway. He has now won 39 races on the Monster Energy Cup Series throughout his career.

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