WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Kenseth wins second straight race; continues to be point leader
Wisconsin driver Matt Kenseth has won the first two races in NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup. The Cambridge native led for a race-high 190 laps yesterday in winning the Sylvania-300 in Loudon New Hampshire. Kenseth started ninth in his 500th career race in NASCAR's top circuit. He took the lead for the final time after a restart with 92 laps to go. Kyle Busch chased him down in the final 10 laps, but Kenseth hung on to win as Busch placed second. Kenseth continues to lead the Chase standings with 21-hundred-11 points, 14 ahead of the second-place Busch. Paul Menard of Eau Claire finished 22nd yesterday, and he dropped one place to 17th in the season point standings. Beloit-born Danica Patrick placed 27th at Loudon, and she fell one spot for the year to 27th. Travis Kvapil of Janesville was 28th in yesterday's race, and he remains 31st in the Sprint Cup standings.
_________________The Wisconsin football team rose one place to 23rd in the A-P college football media poll. The Badgers improved to 3-and-1 overall, by winning their Big Ten opener by 31 points over Purdue on Saturday. Wisconsin also returned to the U-S-A Today coaches' poll at Number-24, after dropping out of the Top-25 last week in losing at Arizona State. The Badgers will play at Ohio State on Saturday night. The 4-and-0 Buckeyes are ranked third by the coaches and fourth by the media. __________________ U-W Oshkosh rose two places to Number-eight in the new N-C-A-A Division-Three poll from D-Three-Football-Dot-Com. The Titans had a bye on Saturday, and they remain 2-and-0. U-W Platteville went up one spot to ninth, after crushing Lewis-and-Clark 63-to-34. U-W Whitewater jumped three places to 12th in the new poll. The Warhawks crushed Buffalo State on the road 55-to-14. Whitewater avenged a home loss to Buffalo State a year ago, while improving to 2-and-0. Mount Union of Ohio remains at Number-One. __________________ The Milwaukee Brewers won their home season finale last night, 6-to-4 over Saint Louis. The Brewers took a 4-nothing lead after two innings and hung on from there. Norichika Aoki doubled, singled, and walked -- and he scored three times. Aramis Ramirez, Carlos Gomez, Jonathan Lucroy, and Scooter Gennett also had R-B-I's for the Crew, which ended a three-game losing streak. Matt Carpenter hit the game's only home run, a solo shot for the Cardinals. Saint Louis had clinched a playoff spot earlier in the day when Washington lost. Still, Brewers' manager Ron Roenicke said the game had a playoff atmosphere that his team will benefit from in the future. Wily Peralta got the win, giving up three runs on five hits with five walks in five-plus innings. He's now 11-and-15, after winning three-of-his-last-four starts. Jim Henderson gave up a run in the ninth, but left the potential tying run on first to get his 26th save. Joe Kelly took the loss, giving up six runs -- three earned -- in seven innings. He's now 9-and-5. The Cardinals took still lead the National League Central by two-and-a-half games over both Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. The Brewers lost two-of-three to the Redbirds this weekend, and they closed out their Miller Park schedule at 37-and-44. Milwaukee will open its final week of the season tonight at Atlanta. Right-hander Marco Estrada faces Braves' left-hander Mike Minor. __________________ Madison golfer Steve Stricker finished third in the year-long race for the Fed-Ex Cup. Stricker jumped three places in the standings with a strong showing at Tour Championship, which ended yesterday in Atlanta. Stricker tied for second in the last of four Fed-Ex tournaments. He shot a five-under-par 65 in his final round to finish at 10-under 270. Henrik Stenson won the tournament at 13-under, to win the Fed-Ex title. Tiger Woods was second. Stricker was in the Top-25 in the standings all year, despite playing a limited schedule with the goal of doing more with his family-and-friends at home. He was going to skip the playoffs, but he needed to play in the Deutsche Bank Championship to nail down a spot on next month's U-S President's Cup team. That rose Stricker to eighth in the Fed-Ex standings -- and he played the final two events because he didn't think it would be fair to himself or his fellow players to stay home.