DOVER, Del., May 31 (UPI) -- Pole sitter Joe Nemechek took advantage of a spin by fellow NASCAR Winston Cup regular Matt Kenseth Saturday to win the Busch Series MBNA Armed Forces Family 200 at Dover International Speedway.
Nemechek became only the second driver to win from the pole at Dover's Monster Mile. Morgan Shepherd also turned the feat in 1986, although he was just 38th this time.
Kenseth led a race-high 160 laps before losing control of his Ford Taurus on lap 156, collecting eight other cars in the chain reaction incident.
"I just lost control of my car," said Kenseth, who missed a shift on a restart.
"We had a great car, but I just didn't do a very good job," he added. "I just missed a shift. It happened to me a couple of times this weekend."
Kenseth, the Winston Cup points leader, dropped to ninth at that point and even spun on lap 179, but thanks to a couple of cautions and the red flag stop at the end, he made up the ground to finish fourth.
He led from laps 2-49, 58-140, again between 146-153 and a final time from 158-178.
Nemechek scored his third Busch victory of the year and 15th career. He also won March races in Las Vegas and Texas in the series.
"I was really loose," Nemechek said. "That last run on tires, I caught Matt and he was struggling and all of a sudden he just turned sideways."
Nemechek averaged 104.651 miles per hour in a Ford and led three times for 30 laps, including the final 21. He was one of five drivers to trade the lead 10 times.
The last five laps were run on single file restart after Martin Truex Jr. spun to red-flag the event.
Scott Riggs led for a lap and finished second for the third time this year. He has posted four top-three results in the last five races.
"I tried to make a run at him (Nemechek) there, but he was pretty good on restarts," Riggs said.
Riggs has jumped from ninth to second in the series in a span of five races including Saturday. He is 76 points behind point leader Todd Bodine who finished seventh.
David Green, who had a kidney stone attack on Wednesday, finished third in a Pontiac Grand Prix for his sixth top-10 in the last seven races.
Green fell to third in the championship standings, 84 points out of first place.
Brian Vickers was in front twice for eight laps and rounded out the top five.
Although the race was completed in under two hours, there were seven yellow flags for 36 laps.