WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Kenseth remains fifth in NASCAR point standings
Wisconsin NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth remains at Number-five in the Sprint Cup point standings, despite placing 19th in yesterday’s road race at Sonoma California. Kenseth, a native of Cambridge, was among the leaders at the Toyota-Save Mart 350 when he fell behind late. Paul Menard of Eau Claire was the state’s top driver in the event. He finished 14th, and dropped one spot to Number-12 in the season point totals. Travis Kvapil of Janesville finished 17th yesterday. He remains 35th in the Sprint Cup standings. Beloit-born Danica Patrick was 29th in the road race, and is still 27th for the year. Martin Truex Junior won his first race in six years. Jimmie Johnson still leads the Sprint Cup standings.
In golf, Jerry Kelly of Madison tied for 24th at the PGA Travelers Championship. Kelly shot an even-par-70 in his final round yesterday in Cromwell Connecticut. He completed the 72 holes at four-under-276. Pewaukee native Mark Wilson tied for 63rd at one-over-281. Ken Duke won the tournament in two playoff holes over Chris Stroud.
On the senior PGA Champions Tour, Rhinelander native Dan Forsman tied for 45th at the Encompass Championship in Glenview Illinois. He shot a four-under-par 68 in his third-and-final round yesterday, to finish at even-par-216. 60-year-old Craig Stadler got his first win in almost nine years. He made a 10-foot par-putt on the final hole to close out Fred Couples for a one-stroke victory.
Former Wisconsin Badger athlete Evan Jager has won his second straight national title in the three-thousand-meter steeplechase. Jager took first yesterday at the U-S-A Outdoor Championships in Des Moines with a time of eight-minutes, 20-point-67 seconds. He’s the American record-holder, and was a finalist in the 2012 Olympics. Jager now advances to the World Championships in August. Meanwhile, U-W Madison alumnus Chris Solinsky failed to make his second straight world meet, after placing eighth in the five-thousand-meters. Solinsky, a Stevens Point native, ran the event in 15:09-point-47. He was coming back from an injury that kept him away from the track for the entire 2012 season.