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Cup: Talladega - Race results

8 October 2012

Matt Kenseth finally salvaged something from what has proved to be a disspiriting Chase campaign, by claiming victory at Talladega Superspeedway after surviving a massive multi-car wreck on the final lap.

It's Kenseth's second race win in 2012, the first of the season also coming at a restrictor plate race - the Daytona 500 season curtain raiser in February. In total, it's his 23rd race win in 466 NASCAR Sprint Cup race starts.

The race finished under caution, after a last-lap accident saw Tony Stewart flipped over and Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Aric Almirola, Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Jeff Burton, Martin Truex Jr., Sam Hornish Jr., Michael Waltrip, Casey Mears, Marcos Ambrose, Paul Menard, David Gilliland, Bobby Labonte, Terry Labonte and Dave Blaney also getting caught up in the aftermath to greater or lesser extent.

Kurt Busch was parked by NASCAR on lap 98 after ignoring the instructions of safety officials, following an accident triggered by his #51 car running out of fuel in the middle of a drafting pack.

In the Chase standings, Keselowski continues to lead and has now pulled out a 14pt margin over Jimmie Johnson, with Denny Hamlin a further 9pts behind. This weekend's polesitter Kasey Kahne moves up two positions to fourth place, but is 36pts behind the leader with just six races remaining in this year's Sprint Cup championship. Kenseth's victory still leaves him at the bottom of the Chase contenders.

Race results - Updated

1. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 189 laps 2hrs 56mins 12secs (47/4 pts)
2. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 189 laps Running (43/1 pts)
3. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 189 laps Running (42/1 pts)
4. #34 David Ragan Ford 189 laps Running (41/1 pts)
5. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 189 laps Running (39/0 pts)
6. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 189 laps Running (39/1 pts)
7. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 189 laps Running (37/0 pts)
8. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 189 laps Running (37/1 pts)
9. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 189 laps Running (35/0 pts)
10. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 189 laps Running (35/1 pts)
11. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 189 laps Running (34/1 pts)
12. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 189 laps Running (33/1 pts)
13. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 189 laps Running (31/0 pts)
14. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 189 laps Running (30/0 pts)
15. #38 David Gilliland Ford 189 laps Running (29/0 pts)
16. #32 Terry Labonte Ford 189 laps Running (28/0 pts)
17. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 189 laps Running (28/1 pts)
18. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 189 laps Running (26/0 pts)
19. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 189 laps Running (25/0 pts)
20. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 189 laps Running (25/1 pts)
21. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 189 laps Running (0pts)
22. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 188 laps Accident (23/1 pts)
23. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 188 laps Accident (22/1 pts)
24. #22 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 188 laps Accident (0pts)
25. #55 Michael Waltrip Toyota 188 laps Accident (19/0 pts)
26. #13 Casey Mears Ford 188 laps Accident (19/1 pts)
27. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 188 laps Accident (18/1 pts)
28. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 188 laps Accident (16/0 pts)
29. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 188 laps Accident (15/0 pts)
30. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 188 laps + 1 lap (14/0 pts)
31. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 188 laps + 1 lap (13/0 pts)
32. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 187 laps + 2 laps (12/0 pts)
33. #30 David Stremme Toyota 187 laps + 2 laps (11/0 pts)
34. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 184 laps Accident (12/2 pts)
35. #23 Robert Richardson Jr. Chevrolet 180 laps Accident (0pts)
36. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 179 laps + 10 laps (8/0 pts)
37. #10 David Reutimann Chevrolet 162 laps Engine (7/0 pts)
38. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 156 laps Engine (6/0 pts)
39. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 98 laps Parked (6/1 pts)
40. #33 Cole Whitt Chevrolet 16 laps Accident (0pts)
41. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 12 laps Vibration (0pts)
42. #97 Timmy Hill Toyota 8 laps Electrical (0pts)
43. #26 Josh Wise * Ford 5 laps Overheating (1/0 pts)

Sprint Cup Series championship standings

1. (--) Brad Keselowski 2179pts
2. (--) Jimmie Johnson 2165pts (-14pts)
3. (--) Denny Hamlin 2156pts (-23pts)
4. (+2) Kasey Kahne 2143pts (-36pts)
5. (-1) Clint Bowyer 2139pts (-40pts)
6. (+4) Jeff Gordon 2137pts (-42pts)
7. (-2) Tony Stewart 2133pts (-46pts)
8. (--) Martin Truex Jr. 2131pts (-48pts)
9. (+2) Greg Biffle 2130pts (-49pts)
10. (-1) Kevin Harvick 2130pts (-49pts)
11. (-4) Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2128pts (-51pts)
12. (--) Matt Kenseth 2117pts (-62pts)
13. (--) Kyle Busch 912pts (-1267pts)
14. (+1) Ryan Newman 865pts (-1314pts)
15. (-1) Carl Edwards 844pts (-1335pts)
16. (--) Paul Menard 830pts (-1349pts)
17. (--) Marcos Ambrose 816pts (-1363pts)
18. (--) Joey Logano 797pts (-1382pts)
19. (--) Jeff Burton 748pts (-1431pts)
20. (--) Jamie McMurray 714pts (-1465pts)
21. (+1) Aric Almirola 686pts (-1493pts)
22. (-1) Juan Montoya 675pts (-1504pts)
23. (--) Regan Smith 670pts (-1509pts)
24. (--) Bobby Labonte 655pts (-1524pts)
25. (--) Mark Martin 563pts (-1616pts)
26. (--) Kurt Busch 557pts (-1622pts)
27. (+2) David Ragan 530pts (-1649pts)
28. (--) David Gilliland 520pts (-1659pts)
29. (+1) Travis Kvapil 512pts (-1667pts)
30. (-3) Casey Mears 511pts (-1668pts)
31. (--) Landon Cassill 475pts (-1704pts)
32. (--) AJ Allmendinger 400pts (-1779pts)
33. (--) Dave Blaney 367pts (-1812pts)
34. (--) David Reutimann 337pts (-1842pts)
35. (--) Brian Vickers 213pts (-1966pts)
36. (--) David Stremme 209pts (-1970pts)
37. (+1) Michael McDowell 153pts (-2026pts)
38. (-1) J.J. Yeley 151pts (-2028pts)
39. (--) Josh Wise* 123pts (-2056pts)
40. (--) Ken Schrader 111pts (-2068pts)
41. (--) Stephen Leicht* 107pts (-2072pts)
42. (+1) Michael Waltrip 94pts (-2085pts)
43. (+2) Terry Labonte 94pts (-2085pts)
44. (-2) Scott Speed 89pts (-2090pts)
45. (-1) Tony Raines 71pts (-2108pts)
46. (--) Scott Riggs 52pts (-2127pts)
47. (--) Brendan Gaughan 50pts (-2129pts)
48. (--) Boris Said 34pts (-2145pts)
49. (--) Bill Elliott 14pts (-2165pts)
50. (--) Hermie Sadler 13pts (-2166pts)
51. (--) Mike Olsen 11pts (-2168pts)
52. (--) Robby Gordon 11pts (-2168pts)
53. (--) Mike Skinner 10pts (-2169pts)
54. (--) Tomy Drissi 6pts (-2173pts)
55. (--) Stacy Compton 5pts (-2174pts)
56. (--) David Mayhew 4pts (-2175pts)
57. (--) Kelly Bires 3pts (-2176pts)
58. (--) Patrick Long 2pts (-2177pts)
59. (--) Sam Hornish Jr. 0pts (-2179pts)
60. (--) Trevor Bayne 0pts (-2179pts)
61. (--) Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 0pts (-2179pts)
62. (--) Mike Bliss 0pts (-2179pts)
63. (--) Austin Dillon 0pts (-2179pts)
64. (--) Danica Patrick 0pts (-2179pts)
65. (--) Robert Richardson Jr. 0pts (-2179pts)
66. (--) Elliott Sadler 0pts (-2179pts)
67. (--) Joe Nemechek 0pts (-2179pts)
68. (--) Reed Sorenson 0pts (-2179pts)
69. (--) T.J. Bell 0pts (-2179pts)
70. (--) Jason Leffler 0pts (-2179pts)
71. (--) Jason White 0pts (-2179pts)
72. (--) Cole Whitt 0pts (-2179pts)
73. (--) Chris Cook 0pts (-2179pts)
74. (--) Timmy Hill 0pts (-2179pts)
75. (--) Tim Andrews 0pts (-2179pts)
76. (--) Brian Simo 0pts (-2179pts)
77. (--) Jeff Green 0pts (-2179pts)
78. (--) Mark Green 0pts (-2179pts)
79. (--) Mike Wallace 0pts (-2179pts)
80. (--) Kenny Wallace 0pts (-2179pts)

* Denotes Rookie
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