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AUTO RACING; Kenseth Wraps Up Points Title
The pressure that has been Matt Kenseth’s constant companion the past few months is gone. ”I feel like the world has been lifted off my shoulders today,” Kenseth said Sunday after a fourth-place finish in the Pop Secret 400 clinched the Winston Cup championship. Kenseth took the points lead in the fourth race of the season and kept it. He said the tension kept building even as he moved out to what seemed to be an untouchable lead. ”I kind of spun out in August and September a little bit reading everybody’s columns,” Kenseth said, smiling. ”Those things actually add pressure because I don’t want to be the guy that goes in the record book that had that big of a lead and blew it.” Bill Elliott won Sunday’s race, but it was Kenseth who received most of the attention after wrapping up his first Cup title and the first for his car owner, Jack Roush.