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Kenseth wins the Nextel race at Bristol

Aug. 27, 2006 at 12:14 AM   |   Comments

BRISTOL, Tenn., Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Matt Kenseth was the winner Saturday night at the Sharpie 500 Nextel Cup race in Bristol, Tenn.

His No.17 Roush Racing Ford was 0.592 seconds faster to the checkered flag than runner-up Kyle Busch, who was the race's pole sitter.

The victory was Kenseth's fourth of the season and 14th of his Nextel Cup career.

"I didn't think we had quite the car today honestly, I thought Jeff Burton had everybody covered, but once we got to the lead clean air helped my car," Kenseth said after also winning the Busch Series race on Friday night.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. was third, Scott Riggs fourth and Jeff Gordon was fifth.

Denny Hamlin, Carl Edwards, Ryan Newman, Jeff Burton and Jimmie Johnson completed the top-10 finishers.

In the points race, Johnson held on to first place with 3,365. Kenseth is second with 3,307, and Kevin Harvick is third with 3,048.

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