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Bristol: Cup results

Matt Kenseth won the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday night, after a close finish with Kasey Kahne.
Joe Gibbs Racing's Matt Kenseth claimed his fifth win of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season on Saturday night, after managing to hold off Kasey Kahne in a close finish to the 500-lap night race at the Bristol Motor Speedway half mile short track despite worn tyres and being critically low on fuel.

It's Kenseth's 29th victory in 496 series starts and his third in 28 races at Bristol. The win means that Kenseth is now guaranteed at least a wild card spot in the Chase, with the cut-off for making the championship play-offs now just two weeks away.

But there were serious setbacks to other Chase campaigns with an engine failure for Carl Edwards, Martin Truex Jr. and Brad Keselowski both caught up in a multi-car wreck sparked by contact between Brian Vickers and Denny Hamlin on lap 447, and problems with a wheel hub on the #78 which dropped Kurt Busch down to a 31st place finish. Kurt's brother Kyle also had problems after starting from the back of the grid and having mid-race contact with Penske Racing's Joey Logano, but he eventually recovered to 11th.

Jimmie Johnson is already locked in to the Chase and still leads the championship standings, but his lead is now down to just 18 points over Clint Bowyer after the #48 wrecked on lap 358 and broke his radiator, leaving him classified in 36th position at Bristol. Bowyer went on to recover from a mid-race spin while leading to finish in the 14th place and thereby ensure himself a Chase place.

Race results

1. #20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing 500 laps2hrs 57mins 7secs
2. #5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports + 0.188s
3. #42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing + 4.589s
4. #55 Brian Vickers Michael Waltrip Racing + 6.471s
5. #22 Joey Logano Penske Racing + 7.989s
6. #27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing + 8.637s
7. #24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports + 8.979s
8. #9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports + 9.208s
9. #16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing + 9.496s
10. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Hendrick Motorsports + 9.530s
11. #18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing + 12.342s
12. #34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports + 12.709s
13. #31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing + 14.468s
14. #15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing + 3.348s
15. #43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports + 1 Laps
16. #93 Travis Kvapil BK Racing + 1 Laps
17. #30 David Stremme Swan Racing + 2 laps
18. #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Roush Fenway Racing + 2 laps
19. #1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing + 2 laps
20. #14 Mark Martin Stewart Haas Racing + 2 laps
21. #39 Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Racing + 2 laps
22. #7 Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing + 2 laps
23. #40 Landon Cassill Circle Sport + 2 laps
24. #36 J.J. Yeley Tommy Baldwin Racing + 3 laps
25. #38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports + 4 laps
26. #10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing + 6 laps
27. #32 Ken Schrader FAS Lane Racing + 8 laps
28. #11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing + 12 laps
29. #83 David Reutimann BK Racing + 16 laps
30. #2 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing + 21 laps
31. #78 Kurt Busch Furniture Row Racing + 23 laps
32. #33 Tony Raines Circle Sport + 24 laps
33. #13 Casey Mears Germain Racing + 32 laps
34. #29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing + 50 laps
35. #56 Martin Truex Jr Michael Waltrip Racing + 54 laps Accident
36. #48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports + 59 laps
37. #35 Josh Wise Front Row Motorsports + 81 laps
38. #47 Bobby Labonte JTG Daugherty Racing + 105 laps
39. #99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing + 113 laps Engine
40. #95 Scott Speed Leavine Family Racing + 277 laps Brakes
41. #98 Michael McDowell Phil Parsons Racing + 325 laps Engine
42. #51 Ryan Truex Phoenix Racing + 461 laps Accident
43. #87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO Motorsports + 499 laps Engine

Sprint Cup Series championship standings

1. (--) Jimmie Johnson 821pts
2. (--) Clint Bowyer 803pts (-18pts)
3. (--) Carl Edwards 768pts (-53pts)
4. (--) Kevin Harvick 760pts (-61pts)
5. (--) Kyle Busch 739pts (-82pts)
6. (--) Matt Kenseth 736pts (-85pts)
7. (--) Dale Earnhardt Jr. 714pts (-107pts)
8. (+3) Kasey Kahne 701pts (-120pts)
9. (+1) Greg Biffle 698pts (-123pts)
10. (+3) Joey Logano 685pts (-136pts)
11. (-3) Brad Keselowski 681pts (-140pts)
12. (-3) Kurt Busch 679pts (-142pts)
13. (+1) Jeff Gordon 674pts (-147pts)
14. (-2) Martin Truex Jr. 663pts (-158pts)
15. (--) Ryan Newman 659pts (-162pts)
16. (--) Jamie McMurray 647pts (-174pts)
17. (--) Paul Menard 638pts (-183pts)
18. (+1) Aric Almirola 616pts (-205pts)
19. (-1) Tony Stewart 594pts (-227pts)
20. (--) Jeff Burton 592pts (-229pts)
21. (+2) Juan Pablo Montoya 590pts (-231pts)
22. (--) Marcos Ambrose 590pts (-231pts)
23. (-2) Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 582pts (-239pts)
24. (--) Casey Mears 503pts (-318pts)
25. (--) Denny Hamlin 456pts (-365pts)
26. (--) David Ragan 452pts (-369pts)
27. (--) Danica Patrick # 436pts (-385pts)
28. (--) David Gilliland 414pts (-407pts)
29. (--) Mark Martin 403pts (-418pts)
30. (--) Dave Blaney 365pts (-456pts)
31. (--) Bobby Labonte 343pts (-478pts)
32. (--) David Stremme 341pts (-480pts)
33. (--) David Reutimann 329pts (-492pts)
34. (+1) Travis Kvapil 319pts (-502pts)
35. (-1) JJ Yeley 317pts (-504pts)
36. (--) A J Allmendinger 278pts (-543pts)
37. (--) Michael McDowell 118pts (-703pts)
38. (--) Timmy Hill 114pts (-707pts)
39. (--) Michael Waltrip 102pts (-719pts)
40. (--) Scott Speed 98pts (-pts)
41. (+1) Ken Schrader 85pts (-736pts)
42. (-1) Terry Labonte 77pts (-744pts)
43. (--) Boris Said 48pts (-773pts)
44. (--) Ron Fellows 31pts (-790pts)
45. (--) Alex Kennedy 21pts (-800pts)
46. (--) Justin Marks 14pts (-807pts)
47. (--) Victor Gonzalez Jr. 10pts (-811pts)
48. (--) Scott Riggs 10pts (-811pts)
49. (--) Brian Keselowski 9pts (-812pts)
50. (--) Tomy Drissi 8pts (-813pts)
51. (--) Jacques Villeneuve 3pts (-818pts)
52. (--) Jason Leffler 1pts (-820pts)

# = Cup series rookie
Only drivers registered for points in this series are shown in the standings.



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