Kenseth Holds Off Kahne For Second Straight Kansas Win

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Kansas City, KS (Sports Network) - Matt Kenseth won at Kansas Speedway for the second straight time after he held off a hard-charging Kasey Kahne in the closing laps of Sunday's STP 400.

Kenseth, the pole sitter, led a race-high 163 laps, including 111 of the first 112 laps around this fast 1.5-mile racetrack. He beat Kahne to the finish line by just 0.15 seconds for his second victory of the season. He also won in March at Las Vegas, which is 1.5 miles in length as well. Kenseth is in his first season as driver of the No. 20 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing.

This was Kenseth's 26th career Sprint Cup Series victory. The 2003 series champion won at Kansas last October after it had been repaved and reconfigured with variable banking in the turns.

Jimmie Johnson, the current points leader, finished third, while Michael Waltrip Racing teammates Martin Truex Jr. and Clint Bowyer rounded out the top-five.

Keselowski, the defending Sprint Cup champion, finished sixth after he overcame a one-lap deficit in the early going due to a fuel issue on pit road. Keselowski also dealt with a damaged rear end in the late stages.

On lap 104, Kyle Busch and Joey Logano were involved in a hard crash. Busch spun and hit the outside wall before his car slid down the track. Logano plowed into the front end of Busch when he dipped down to the apron of the track to avoid hitting him.

 

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