Kenseth wins Chase opener in Chicago

Six race wins in 2013 for Matt Kenseth

Six race wins in 2013 for Matt Kenseth

Matt Kenseth has stretched his lead in what is now the ‘Chase’ for NASCAR Sprint Cup with victory in a rain-delayed GEICO 400 in Chicago.

Kenseth held off Kyle Busch for the win, to score his sixth victory of the season and get a leg-up on the opposition as he chases his second title.

The race started during the daytime but due to weather delays, officially over five hours, it finished well into the evening under the lights at Chicagoland Speedway.

Joey Logano, who started on Pole, led the first 32 laps of the race. But under the lights, Logano ran into some engine trouble and his car started smoking again on lap 176. His night was finished at that point and he finished in 37th place.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. ran into some trouble as well as his night came to an end on lap 225 when flames were coming out of his exhaust pipe. He finished in 35th place.

Australia’s Marcos Ambrose finished in 15th place.

“That was a good night for our DeWalt Ford team,” said Ambrose.

“We were loose in the day but the car was so much better at night. We lost some handling at the end and couldn’t get back into the top-10, but the guys worked hard to really improve the car today.”

RESULTS: GEICO 400 – Chicagoland 

POS

Car #

Driver

Make

Start

Laps

Laps Led

Final Status

Points

Bonus

1

20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 10 267 89 Running 48 5

2

18 Kyle Busch Toyota 12 267 67 Running 43 1

3

29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 17 267 2 Running 42 1

4

78 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 16 267 0 Running 40 0

5

48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 9 267 40 Running 40 1

6

24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 6 267 22 Running 39 1

7

2 Brad Keselowski Ford 2 267 2 Running 38 1

8

17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 5 267 0 Running 36 0

9

15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 24 267 0 Running 35 0

10

39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 20 267 1 Running 35 1

11

99 Carl Edwards Ford 8 267 1 Running 34 1

12

5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 4 267 0 Running 32 0

13

43 Aric Almirola Ford 15 267 1 Running 32 1

14

31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 21 267 0 Running 30 0

15

9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 26 267 0 Running 29 0

16

16 Greg Biffle Ford 7 267 2 Running 29 1

17

14 Mark Martin Chevrolet 29 267 0 Running 27 0

18

56 Martin Truex Jr Toyota 14 267 0 Running 26 0

19

1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 27 267 2 Running 26 1

20

10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 23 267 0 Running 24 0

21

47 AJ Allmendinger Toyota 13 267 0 Running 23 0

22

27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 11 267 0 Running 22 0

23

7 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 41 267 0 Running 21 0

24

93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 37 266 0 Running 20 0

25

36 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 30 266 2 Running 20 1

26

34 David Ragan Ford 19 266 1 Running 19 1

27

51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 36 266 0 Running 0 0

28

38 David Gilliland Ford 35 266 0 Running 16 0

29

40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 32 266 1 Running 0 0

30

13 Casey Mears Ford 31 266 0 Running 14 0

31

87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 42 266 0 Running 0 0

32

42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet 3 261 0 Running 12 0

33

11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 22 247 0 Engine 11 0

34

32 Timmy Hill Ford 39 225 0 Engine 10 0

35

88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 18 224 2 Engine 10 1

36

83 David Reutimann Toyota 33 195 0 Engine 8 0

37

22 Joey Logano Ford 1 175 32 Engine 8 1

38

55 Brian Vickers Toyota 25 161 0 Engine 0 0

39

30 Cole Whitt Toyota 28 151 0 Engine 0 0

40

33 Tony Raines Chevrolet 43 87 0 Vibration 0 0

41

35 Josh Wise Ford 34 84 0 Brakes 0 0

42

95 Reed Sorenson Ford 40 68 0 Vibration 0 0

43

98 Michael McDowell Ford 38 29 0 Brakes 1 0

 

STANDINGS

Standing

Driver

Points

Behind

Starts

Wins

Top 5

Top 10

DNF

1

Matt Kenseth 2063 Leader 27 6 7 14 3

2

Kyle Busch 2055 -8 27 4 12 16 3

3

Jimmie Johnson 2052 -11 27 4 10 16 1

4

Kevin Harvick 2048 -15 27 2 7 14 2

5

Carl Edwards 2040 -23 27 2 8 13 1

6

Kurt Busch 2040 -23 27 0 9 14 2

7

Jeff Gordon 2039 -24 27 0 5 13 5

8

Ryan Newman 2035 -28 27 1 6 13 5

9

Clint Bowyer 2000 -28 27 0 8 14 2

10

Kasey Kahne 2032 -31 27 2 8 11 3

11

Greg Biffle 2032 -31 27 1 3 10 0

12

Joey Logano 2011 -52 27 1 8 14 3

13

Dale Earnhardt Jr 2010 -53 27 0 5 14 3

14

Brad Keselowski 758 -1305 27 0 7 12 2

15

Jamie McMurray 747 -1316 27 0 2 6 0

16

Paul Menard 720 -1343 27 0 2 7 1

17

Martin Truex Jr 717 -1346 27 1 6 11 3

18

Aric Almirola 696 -1367 27 0 1 5 4

19

Ricky Stenhouse Jr 680 -1383 27 0 0 2 0

20

Juan Pablo Montoya 668 -1395 27 0 4 7 0

21

Marcos Ambrose 667 -1396 27 0 0 5 2

22

Jeff Burton 658 -1405 27 0 2 5 2

23

Tony Stewart 594 -1469 21 1 5 8 0

24

Casey Mears 558 -1505 27 0 0 1 2

25

David Ragan 508 -1555 27 1 1 1 3

26

Danica Patrick 497 -1566 27 0 0 1 4

27

Denny Hamlin 496 -1567 23 0 3 4 7

28

Mark Martin 484 -1579 20 0 1 5 1

29

David Gilliland 478 -1585 27 0 1 1 5

30

Dave Blaney 417 -1646 26 0 0 0 4

31

Travis Kvapil 372 -1691 27 0 0 0 8

32

David Stremme 362 -1701 25 0 0 0 3

33

David Reutimann 361 -1702 27 0 0 0 6

34

AJ Allmendinger 360 -1703 15 0 0 1 2

35

J.J. Yeley 360 -1703 26 0 0 1 7

36

Bobby Labonte 343 -1720 22 0 0 0 4

37

Timmy Hill 137 -1926 13 0 0 0 2

38

Michael McDowell 123 -1940 24 0 0 1 21

39

Michael Waltrip 102 -1961 3 0 2 2 0

40

Scott Speed 99 -1964 12 0 0 1 9

41

Ken Schrader 92 -1971 8 0 0 0 1

42

Terry Labonte 77 -1986 4 0 0 0 1

43

Boris Said 48 -2015 2 0 0 0 0

44

Ron Fellows 31 -2032 2 0 0 0 0

45

Alex Kennedy 21 -2042 3 0 0 0 2

46

Justin Marks 14 -2049 1 0 0 0 0

47

Victor Gonzalez Jr 10 -2053 2 0 0 0 1

48

Scott Riggs 10 -2053 6 0 0 0 6

49

Brian Keselowski 9 -2054 2 0 0 0 2

50

Tomy Drissi 8 -2055 2 0 0 0 1

51

Jacques Villeneuve 3 -2060 1 0 0 0 1

52

Jason Leffler 1 -2062 1 0 0 0 1

53

Brian Vickers 0 -2063 13 1 2 5 4

54

Regan Smith 0 -2063 6 0 0 2 0

55

Austin Dillon 0 -2063 9 0 0 0 0

56

Trevor Bayne 0 -2063 9 0 0 0 1

57

Max Papis 0 -2063 1 0 0 0 0

58

Josh Wise 0 -2063 26 0 0 0 10

59

Landon Cassill 0 -2063 24 0 0 0 6

60

Owen Kelly 0 -2063 1 0 0 0 0

61

Joe Nemechek 0 -2063 24 0 0 0 9

62

Justin Allgaier 0 -2063 1 0 0 0 0

63

Tony Raines 0 -2063 4 0 0 0 2

64

Mike Bliss 0 -2063 12 0 0 0 11

65

Brendan Gaughan 0 -2063 1 0 0 0 0

66

Ryan Truex 0 -2063 2 0 0 0 1

67

Sam Hornish Jr 0 -2063 1 0 0 0 1

68

Paulie Harraka 0 -2063 1 0 0 0 0

69

Cole Whitt 0 -2063 1 0 0 0 1

70

Elliott Sadler 0 -2063 1 0 0 0 1

71

Morgan Shepherd 0 -2063 1 0 0 0 1

72

Reed Sorenson 0 -2063 2 0 0 0 2

73

Johnny Sauter 0 -2063 1 0 0 0 1

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