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Kenseth wins the latest Nextel Cup race

Aug. 20, 2006 at 7:37 PM   |   Comments

BROOKLYN, Mich., Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Matt Kenseth captured Sunday's GFS Marketplace 400 Nextel Cup race at the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich.

His No.17 Roush Racing Ford crossed the finish line 0.622 seconds ahead of Jeff Gordon for his third win of the season and 13th of his Nextel Cup career.

Tony Stewart was third, Kasey Kahne fourth and Mark Martin was fifth.

Dale Earnhardt Jr., Greg Biffle, Reed Sorenson, Denny Hamlin and Elliot Sadler completed the top 10 finishers.

"I was trying to save (the car) for the end and I had just enough," Kenseth said. "I'm so proud to be part of the team."

In the opening lap, series points leader Jimmie Johnson suffered a right-front flat and quickly fell to the back of the field down one lap to the leaders.

In the points race, Johnson has 3,365, Kenseth is second with 3,307 and Kevin Harvick is third with 3,048 points.

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