Kenseth holds off Busch for second straight Chase win

10:48 PM, Sep 22, 2013   |    comments
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Loudon, NH (Sports Network) - Matt Kenseth won his second consecutive race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship after holding off his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, Kyle Busch, in the closing laps of Sunday's Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Kenseth, who made his 500th career start in the Sprint Cup Series, led a race- high 106 laps. He passed Clint Bowyer and took the lead for the final time just after a restart with 92 laps to go.

Busch chased down Kenseth during the final 10 laps, but Kenseth beat him to the finish line by 0.5 seconds for his series-leading and career-high seventh win of the season. Both drivers finished in that same order in last weekend's Chase opener at Chicagoland Speedway.

Kenseth became the second driver in NASCAR's top series to win in his 500th start. Richard Petty first did it in 1970.

Greg Biffle finished third, while Jimmie Johnson and Jamie McMurray rounded out the top-five. McMurray bounced back from an accident he had on lap 37.

With the win, Kenseth increased his points lead to 14 over Busch. Johnson trails by 18 points. Round 3 in the Chase is next Sunday at Dover International Speedway.

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