Matt Kenseth overcomes adversity and Kasey Kahne to win thriller at Bristol

BRISTOL, TN - AUGUST 24: Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 53rd Annual IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 24, 2013 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
BRISTOL, TN - AUGUST 24:  Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 53rd Annual IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 24, 2013 in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
BRISTOL, TN – AUGUST 24: Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 53rd Annual IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 24, 2013 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

Matt Kenseth overcame a pit road penalty, a gamble on fuel mileage and a hard charging Kasey Kahne to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup series Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway Saturday night.

Kenseth took the lead for the final time with 54 laps to go and after coming back from a pit road speeding penalty on lap 256 that forced him to restart 26th. It was Kenseth’s fifth win of the season.

After taking over the lead from pole sitter Denny Hamlin on lap 24, Kurt Busch’s hopes for a win came to an end on lap 82 when he was forced to pit for a loose wheel. He was penalized by NASCAR for speeding on pit road and soon after was forced behind the wall while the crew replaced the right front wheel hub on his Chevy. MORE>>>

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