Matt Kenseth wins marathon race at Chicagoland

JOLIET, IL - SEPTEMBER 15: Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Geico 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 15, 2013 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo by Brian Cleary/Getty Images)
JOLIET, IL - SEPTEMBER 15:  Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Geico 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 15, 2013 in Joliet, Illinois.  (Photo by Brian Cleary/Getty Images)
JOLIET, IL – SEPTEMBER 15: Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Geico 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 15, 2013 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo by Brian Cleary/Getty Images)

Matt Kenseth fired the first shot in the Chase Sunday night. Kenseth came into NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup seeded in the top spot and showed why Sunday night winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GEICO 400 at Chicagoland Speedway in a marathon affair that took ten hours to complete thanks to Mother Nature.

After leading early but dropping back due to pit strategy, Kenseth rallied back and overpowered Kyle Busch on a restart with 24 laps to go and held on for his series leading sixth win of the season.

Kyle Busch was second, Kevin Harvick third, Kurt Busch fourth with Jimmie Johnson fifth.  Two of those in the Chase, Joey Logano and Dale Earnhardt Jr., ended the night in the garage with blown engines. MORE>>>

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