Bristol, TN (Sports Network) - Matt Kenseth overcame a pit-road speeding
penalty and then held off a hard-charging Kasey Kahne during the final 12 laps
to win Saturday night's Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
With his series-leading fifth win of the season, Kenseth clinched a spot in
the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. The 41-year-old Kenseth is in his
first season with Joe Gibbs Racing. He joined Jimmie Johnson and Clint Bowyer
as those drivers who have secured a spot in the playoffs.
Kahne, who won the spring race at Bristol in March, ran side-by-side with
Kenseth numerous times in the closing laps, but Kenseth beat him to the finish
line by just 0.2 seconds.
Juan Pablo Montoya finished third, followed by Brian Vickers and Joey Logano,
who won last weekend's race at Michigan.
Johnson, the current points leader, finished 10 laps down in 36th after he was
involved in a multi-car crash late in the race. Bowyer was running among the
top-five before he ran out of fuel on the last lap and coasted across the line
in 14th. Bowyer locked down his spot in the Chase at Bristol.
Paul Menard, Jeff Gordon, Marcos Ambrose, Greg Biffle and Dale Earnhardt
Jr. completed the top-10.
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