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Matt Kenseth's fuel-only pit road gamble helped him beat Jimmie Johnson late and win Sunday's rescheduled 400-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway. A race that was Johnson's to lose ultimately became Kenseth's series-high fourth victory of the season even though he passed on getting new tires following the race's ninth caution. He widened his lead after a wild four-wide restart on lap 246 that saw Johnson's No. 48 Chevy spin from second place on a dominant day he led 182 of 267 laps. The series points leader finished ninth. Kenseth led twice for 38 laps, including the final 23 in the No. 20 Toyota. Second was Jamie McMurray in a Chevy, followed by Clint Bowyer, Joey Logano and Kyle Busch. Rain on Saturday forced NASCAR officials to postpone the race to a daytime start. A footnote to this race was the singing of the National Anthem by Johnson Co. very own 17 year old, Marlana VanHoose of Denver, Ky.  

KY Pro Football Hall Of Fame To Honor Current, Former Wildcats

This past weekend was the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame's 11th Anniversary Celebration where the organization will induct five former NFL stars with Kentucky ties, including former UK great Irv Goode, former EKU defensive end Chad Bratzke, Louisville linebacker Otis Wilson, Louisville offensive tackle Roman Oben, and Cadiz, Ky., native Coy Bacon. The induction ceremony took place June 28th at the Louisville Palace Theater.  

Lawrence Co. Native Chandler Shepherd Dominates in Summer League; Several Other  Wildcats Excelled As Well

Several Kentucky standouts are excelling in summer collegiate leagues, including pitchers Kyle Cody and Chandler Shepherd in the Cape Cod League. Learn all about UK's student-athletes playing in summer collegiate leagues.

* Kentucky sophomore right-hander Chandler Shepherd is one of two pitchers in the Cape Cod League to make two starts without allowing a run, starring for the Harwich Mariners. A native of Louisa, Ky., Shepherd has made two starts, owning a 1-0 record and a 0.00 ERA in 12 innings, allowing just four hits and two walks, striking out seven. In his CCBL debut, Shepherd worked six, one-hit innings on June 16, allowing just one hit and striking out six. In his second start, Shepherd worked another six shutout frames, allowing just three hits and one walk. Shepherd, the Perfect Game Collegiate League Pitcher of the Year in 2012, is one of two pitchers in the CCBL not to allow a run in two starts on the mound, joining fellow Harwich teammate, Nebraska lefty Aaron Bummer. In his two-year UK career, Shepherd has appeared in 44 games with 10 starts, owning a 8-1 record and a 3.30 ERA with a save and 72 strikeouts in 111.2 innings.

* CODY WITH STRONG DEBUT IN CAPE COD LEAGUE Freshman right-hander Kyle Cody had a strong debut in the Cape Cod League, firing six strong innings on June 16, allowing just one run on two hits and two walks, striking out four. A 6-foot-7, 230-pounder, Cody has made two starts in the CCBL for the Wareham Gateman, owning a 1-1 record and a 5.00 ERA in nine innings, striking out nine and walking four. In his second start of the summer, Cody allowed five runs on five hits in three innings vs. Falmouth. As a freshman in 2013 for UK, Cody appeared in 15 games with 10 starts - including three SEC starts - owning a 3-3 record and a 4.84 ERA. Cody worked 57.2 innings, allowing 57 hits and 20 walks, striking out 47.

* KUHN OFF TO HOT START IN NORTHWOODS LEAGUE Sophomore infielder Max Kuhn ranks 16th in the Northwoods League with a .313 average through his first 25 games in the summer. A native of Zionsville, Ind., Kuhn has gotten off to a blistering start for the Willmar Stingers in the Northwoods League. The infielder has played in 25 games and hit .313 with five doubles, one homer and 19 RBI, sporting a .394 on-base percentage. He has a six-game and seven-game hitting streak so far in the summer, including two three-hit games. On June 7 vs. Duluth, Kuhn belted a walk-off, three-run homer in a 9-6 win. In 2013 for the Wildcats, Kuhn hit .242 with nine doubles, a triple, five homers and 29 RBI, stealing seven bases.

* ARNOLD CATCHING ON IN COASTAL PLAINS LEAGUE Freshman catcher Zach Arnold, a native of Frankfort, Ky., is playing in the Coastal Plains League with Morehead City, serving as the primary backstop through 20 games and 17 starts. Arnold has hit .250 in his first foray with wooden bats, owning two doubles and four RBI, sporting a .365 on-base percentage and stealing three bases. Arnold played in eight games with a start in his freshman season, collecting a RBI single in his first career start vs. Marshall.