Kenseth holds off Kahne to repeat at Kansas

KANSAS CITY, KS - APRIL 21: Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 The Home Depot/Husky Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 400 at Kansas Speedway on April 21, 2013 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, KS - APRIL 21:  Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 The Home Depot/Husky Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 400 at Kansas Speedway on April 21, 2013 in Kansas City, Kansas.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, KS – APRIL 21: Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 The Home Depot/Husky Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 400 at Kansas Speedway on April 21, 2013 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Matt Kenseth staged a dominant performance Sunday to win the STP 400 at Kansas Speedway holding off a late charge from Kasey Kahne to win by .15 of a second.

It was the second win at Kansas for Kenseth who went to victory at the 1.5 speedway last fall. That win came in a Roush-Fenway Racing machine; Sunday’s victory came with his new ride at Joe Gibbs Racing.

“I like the track,” Kenseth said. “Today is the first is the first day I’ve used the variable banking.  The last Roush race I ran the bottom the whole time.  Today it really widened out pretty good.  I mean, it almost got almost three widths wide where you could move around find some of that.  So I think the track is just going to continue to get better and get wider.”

Kenseth led from the pole and led the most laps falling out of the lead only during the three-quarter mark of the race.  He would retake the lead after a caution with 43 laps to go however and hold on for the win.  MORE>>>

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