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Kenseth wins caution-filled Chase race at Kansas

6:27 PM, Oct 21, 2012   |    comments
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Kansas City, KS (Sports Network) - Matt Kenseth won his second race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship by surviving Sunday's crash-filled Hollywood Casino 400 at the newly repaved Kansas Speedway.

In a race that featured a track and Sprint Cup Series season-record 14 cautions, mostly for accidents, Kenseth grabbed the lead for good with 49 laps remaining when he was the first off of pit road during a round of stops under caution. Martin Truex Jr. gained ground on Kenseth in the closing laps, but Kenseth held off Truex at the finish by 0.5 seconds.

It was Kenseth's third win in 2012, which will be his last year with Roush Fenway Racing. He is moving over to Joe Gibbs Racing next season.

Paul Menard finished third, while Kasey Kahne, the pole sitter, and Tony Stewart rounded out the top-five. Stewart, the defending series champion, rebounded from an early-race pit-road speeding penalty and then a spin on the backstretch late in the event.

Jimmie Johnson also bounced back in a big way after crashing into the wall at the halfway point in this 400-mile race. Johnson, who won at Kansas one year ago, made multiple pit stops for repairs and then stormed back for a ninth- place finish. Points leader Brad Keselowski finished one spot ahead of him in eighth.

Keselowski's lead over Johnson remains at seven points, as four races remain in the Chase. Denny Hamlin is 20 points out of the lead after finishing 13th, while Kansas-native Clint Bowyer, the winner of last weekend's race at Charlotte, is 25 markers behind following his sixth-place run.

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