Matt Kenseth takes New Hampshire for second straight Chase victory

Sept. 22, 2013 at 7:14 PM
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LONDON, N.H., Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Matt Kenseth extended his lead in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship Sunday, holding off Kyle Busch for a win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Kenseth grabbed the lead from Clint Bowyer after a restart with 92 laps to go, then out-sprinted Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Busch down the stretch to record a 0.5-second victory in the Sylvania 300.

It was the second win in consecutive Chase starts for Kenseth, who notched his series-leading and career-high seventh win of the season after also taking last week's playoff opener at Chicagoland Speedway.

He increased his points lead over Busch to 14 with the victory -- his 500th career Sprint Cup start.

Greg Biffle claimed third place, followed by Jimmie Johnson and Jamie McMurray.

Johnson is third in the Chase, trailing by 18 points.

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