WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Kenseth places fifth at the Brickyard
Wisconsin driver Matt Kenseth took fifth yesterday at the Samuel Deeds-400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Cambridge native made a quick two-tire change on his final pit stop. Kenseth remains at Number-six in the Sprint Cup season point standings. Paul Menard of Eau Claire placed 12th in the event that’s best known as the Brickyard-400. Menard had his best finish since May, and he rose one spot in the point totals to 19th. Beloit-born Danica Patrick finished two laps behind the leaders in 30th, in her first NASCAR Sprint Cup race at the Brickyard following her Indy-Car career. Patrick jumped one place to 26th in the standings. Travis Kvapil of Janesville was right behind Patrick in 31st. Kvapil remains 35th for the year. Indiana native Ryan Newman won his home-state event. He benefited from a two-tire pit stop late in the race, and then out-ran Jimmie Johnson in the closing laps. Johnson remains the Sprint Cup points’ leader by 75 points over Clint Bowyer. Kenseth is 125 points out of first.
In golf, Pewaukee native Mark Wilson tied for sixth at the R-B-C Canadian Open in Oakville Ontario. Wilson shot a two-under-par 70 in his fourth-and-final round yesterday to finish at 12-under-276. Brandt Snedeker won the Open at 16-under-272. Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar, William McGirt, and Jason Bohn all finished in a tie for second at three strokes back – and one stroke ahead of Wilson.
Two Wisconsin rowers are taking home gold medals from the World Under-23 Rowing Championships in Austria. Ex-Badger Kendall Schmidt and junior Anne Rauschert help the U-S win the Women’s-Eight final yesterday by two-and-a-third seconds over Great Britain. Germany took third. The Americans won the event for the second year in a row, and Schmidt was the coxswain both times. Also, Badgers’ senior Michael Lindberg helped U-S Lightweight Men’s-Four team place sixth in its final.