Kenseth wins, Ambrose fifth at Charlotte

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Sunday 16th October, 2011 - 1:22pm

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Matt Kenseth celebrates victory

Matt Kenseth celebrates victory

Matt Kenseth has staked his claim for the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup by taking his third win of the season in the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte.

The Roush Ford driver made the winning move on long-time leader Kyle Busch with 25 laps to go, and survived a final restart to take the victory.

Busch gained the upper-hand in a hard scrap for second with points leader Carl Edwards over the closing laps, while Kasey Kahne and Marcos Ambrose rounded out the top five.

Five-time defending champion Jimmie Johnson brought out the last full-course yellow of the race with just 17 laps remaining when he lost control of his Hendrick Chevrolet while battling with Ryan Newman and Kasey Kahne for seventh place.

Johnson over-corrected a slide before making heavy contact with the Turn 2 exit wall, and was lucky to emerge from the incident unharmed.

Ambrose appeared in trouble on the resulting restart, dropping from third to eighth after contact with Denny Hamlin, before recovering to trail home Kahne.

The Red Bull Toyota driver had been one of several to spin out in Turn 1 when the green flag flew with 42 laps remaining.

Kevin Harvick took sixth in his Richard Childress Chevrolet and is now five points behind championship leader Carl Edwards, with Kenseth just two points further adrift in third

AJ Allmendinger, Tony Stewart, Denny Hamlin and Ryan Newman also walked away from Charlotte with top 10 finishes.

See below for the race result

FIN

ST

DRIVER

MAKE

SPONSOR

PTS/BNS

LAPS

STATUS

1 2 Matt Kenseth Ford Fluidmaster 47/1 334 Running
2 25 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s 44/2 334 Running
3 3 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac “Now Hiring” 42/1 334 Running
4 8 Kasey Kahne Toyota Red Bull 40/0 334 Running
5 12 Marcos Ambrose Ford Stanley / Bostitch 39/0 334 Running
6 14 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches 38/0 334 Running
7 4 A.J. Allmendinger Ford Best Buy 37/0 334 Running
8 1 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Mobil 1 / Office Depot 37/1 334 Running
9 17 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express 35/0 334 Running
10 6 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Cookies for Kids’ Cancer 35/1 334 Running
11 11 David Ragan Ford UPS Freight 34/1 334 Running
12 16 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 32/0 334 Running
13 20 Kurt Busch Dodge Pennzoil Ultra 31/0 334 Running
14 32 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 31/1 334 Running
15 5 Greg Biffle Ford 3M “Give Kids A Smile” 30/1 334 Running
16 26 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 28/0 333 Running
17 7 Paul Menard Chevrolet CertainTeed / Menards 27/0 333 Running
18 28 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 26/0 333 Running
19 15 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Amp Energy / National Guard 25/0 333 Running
20 31 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 24/0 333 Running
21 23 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger 23/0 333 Running
22 38 J.J. Yeley Ford Long John Silver’s 23/1 333 Running
23 18 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 21/0 332 Running
24 19 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Cheerios / Hamburger Helper 20/0 332 Running
25 21 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies 19/0 332 Running
26 29 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 18/0 332 Running
27 27 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Arctic Cat 17/0 332 Running
28 30 Landon Cassill Chevrolet Thank A Teacher Today 0 332 Running
29 22 Bobby Labonte Toyota Lance Snacks / Tom’s Snacks 15/0 331 Running
30 42 Mike Bliss Ford Street King 0 331 Running
31 10 Trevor Bayne Ford Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto 0 329 Running
32 24 Casey Mears Toyota GEICO 12/0 323 Engine
33 41 Hermie Sadler Ford Susan G. Komen for the Cure 0 322 Running
34 9 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s / Chevy 100th Anniversay 11/1 316 Accident
35 35 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Golden Corral 9/0 292 Engine
36 33 David Gilliland Ford Tastykake 8/0 289 Running
37 13 Mark Martin Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 7/0 287 Running
38 43 Robby Gordon Dodge Speed Energy / Harris Teeter 6/0 33 Vibration
39 37 Michael McDowell Toyota HP Racing LLC 5/0 30 Susp.
40 34 Travis Kvapil Ford Ingersoll Rand 0 27 Overheating
41 36 David Stremme Chevrolet Red Rocks Cafe 3/0 22 Overheating
42 40 Andy Lally * Ford HOD 2/0 20 Brakes
43 39 Joe Nemechek Toyota AMFMEnergy.com 0 11 Vibration

See below for the updated championship standings

RANK

DRIVER

POINTS

1 Carl Edwards 2203
2 Kevin Harvick 2198
3 Matt Kenseth 2196
4 Kyle Busch 2185
5 Tony Stewart 2179
6 Brad Keselowski 2178
7 Kurt Busch 2176
8 Jimmie Johnson 2168
9 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2143
10 Ryan Newman 2142
11 Jeff Gordon 2137
12 Denny Hamlin 2117
13 Clint Bowyer 868
14 A.J. Allmendinger 865
15 Kasey Kahne 857
16 Greg Biffle 856
17 David Ragan 829
18 Marcos Ambrose 821
19 Juan Montoya 819
20 Mark Martin 816
21 Paul Menard 802
22 Joey Logano 791
23 Martin Truex Jr. 790
24 Jeff Burton 761
25 Brian Vickers 721
26 Regan Smith 717
27 Jamie McMurray 705
28 David Reutimann 642
29 Bobby Labonte 618
30 David Gilliland 502
31 Casey Mears 427
32 Dave Blaney 403
33 Andy Lally* 379
34 Robby Gordon 251
35 J.J. Yeley 165
36 Tony Raines 129
37 Michael McDowell 114
38 Bill Elliott 100
39 Terry Labonte 92
40 Ken Schrader 87
41 David Stremme 72
42 Boris Said 38
43 Stephen Leicht 20
44 Michael Waltrip 20
45 Andy Pilgrim 18
46 Chris Cook 17
47 T.J. Bell* 14
48 Brian Simo 11
49 Geoffrey Bodine 6
50 Brian Keselowski* 3
51 Erik Darnell 2
52 Steve Park 2
53 Trevor Bayne 0
54 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 0
55 Landon Cassill 0
56 Steve Wallace 0
57 Mike Skinner 0
58 Mike Bliss 0
59 Travis Kvapil 0
60 Austin Dillon 0
61 David Starr 0
62 Scott Wimmer 0
63 Hermie Sadler 0
64 Joe Nemechek 0
65 Patrick Carpentier 0
66 Ron Fellows 0
67 Scott Speed 0
68 Jason White 0
69 Andrew Ranger 0
70 Sam Hornish Jr. 0
71 Johnny Sauter 0
72 Todd Bodine 0
73 Josh Wise 0
74 Dennis Setzer 0
75 Robert Richardson Jr. 0
76 Reed Sorenson 0
77 Scott Riggs 0
78 Kevin Conway 0
79 P.J. Jones 0
80 Jeff Green 0
81 Derrike Cope 0
82 Tony Ave 0

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