Matt Kenseth took first blood in the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase with a win in the GEICO 400, the first event of the ten-race title play-offs held on Sunday at the 1.5-mile Chicagoland Speedway.

In a race already delayed by two hours before it could start because of the need to dry the track from earlier rain, there was a further five hour red flag stoppage when more rain fronts passed over the area just before the race reached half distance - which would have made it 'legal' and possible to call the result. Instead, the teams, drivers and fans alike had to wait until nearly 9pm before the race could resume under the floodlights.

Kenseth had been leading at the interval and re-emerged at the front with 23 laps to go to pip his Joe Gibbs Racing team mate Kyle Busch to the chequered flag and claim his 30th victory in his 499th start in the series. It's his sixth win in 2013 alone, a personal record for the 41-year-old in a single season and the first time he's won at Chicagoland. Kenseth led for 89 of the 267 laps, more than anyone else on Sunday, in a race that saw a record number of lead changes (25) among 16 different drivers.

In the Chase, Kenseth leads the point standings by eight points over Busch with Jimmie Johnson a further three points back.

Race results

1. #20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing 267 laps 3hrs 10mins 56secs
2. #18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing + 0.749s
3. #29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing + 3.626s
4. #78 Kurt Busch Furniture Row Racing + 3.808s
5. #48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports + 4.704s
6. #24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports + 4.871s
7. #2 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing + 5.065s
8. #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Roush Fenway Racing + 6.856s
9. #15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing + 8.254s
10. #39 Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Racing + 8.712s
11. #99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing + 10.966s
12. #5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports + 12.236s
13. #43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports + 12.713s
14. #31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing + 13.348s
15. #9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports + 14.700s
16. #16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing + 15.533s
17. #14 Mark Martin Stewart Haas Racing + 15.814s
18. #56 Martin Truex Jr Michael Waltrip Racing + 16.713s
19. #1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing + 17.638s
20. #10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing + 18.499s
21. #47 AJ Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing + 19.386s
22. #27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing + 20.085s
23. #7 Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing + 23.877s
24. #93 Travis Kvapil BK Racing + 1 lap
25. #36 J.J. Yeley Tommy Baldwin Racing + 1 lap
26. #34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports + 1 lap
27. #51 Justin Allgaier Phoenix Racing + 1 lap
28. #38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports + 1 lap
29. #40 Landon Cassill Circle Sport + 1 lap
30. #13 Casey Mears Germain Racing + 1 lap
31. #87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO Motorsports + 1 lap
32. #42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing + 6 laps
33. #11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing + 20 laps Engine
34. #32 Timmy Hill FAS Lane Racing + 42 laps Engine
35. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Hendrick Motorsports + 43 laps Engine
36. #83 David Reutimann BK Racing + 72 laps Engine
37. #22 Joey Logano Penske Racing + 92 laps Engine
38. #55 Brian Vickers Michael Waltrip Racing + 106 laps Engine
39. #30 Cole Whitt Swan Racing + 116 laps Engine
40. #33 Tony Raines Circle Sport + 180 laps Vibration
41. #35 Josh Wise Front Row Motorsports + 183 laps Brakes
42. #95 Reed Sorenson Levine Family Racing + 199 laps Vibration
43. #98 Michael McDowell Phil Parsons Racing + 238 laps Brakes

Practice 3 times

1. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 29.823s (Leader) 181.068mph (52 laps)
2. #42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet 29.825s (-0.002s) 181.056mph (36 laps)
3. #22 Joey Logano Ford 29.826s (-0.003s) 181.050mph (38 laps)
4. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 29.877s (-0.054s) 180.741mph (45 laps)
5. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 29.921s (-0.098s) 180.475mph (36 laps)
6. #78 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 29.972s (-0.149s) 180.168mph (35 laps)
7. #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 29.990s (-0.167s) 180.060mph (36 laps)
8. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 30.018s (-0.195s) 179.892mph (36 laps)
9. #20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 30.040s (-0.217s) 179.760mph (32 laps)
10. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 30.052s (-0.229s) 179.689mph (30 laps)
11. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 30.053s (-0.230s) 179.683mph (27 laps)
12. #55 Brian Vickers Toyota 30.060s (-0.237s) 179.641mph (40 laps)
13. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 30.077s (-0.254s) 179.539mph (34 laps)
14. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 30.090s (-0.267s) 179.462mph (47 laps)
15. #2 Brad Keselowski Ford 30.100s (-0.277s) 179.402mph (31 laps)
16. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 30.100s (-0.277s) 179.402mph (32 laps)
17. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 30.101s (-0.278s) 179.396mph (46 laps)
18. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 30.106s (-0.283s) 179.366mph (36 laps)
19. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 30.109s (-0.286s) 179.348mph (41 laps)
20. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 30.136s (-0.313s) 179.188mph (30 laps)
21. #14 Mark Martin Chevrolet 30.141s (-0.318s) 179.158mph (26 laps)
22. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 30.152s (-0.329s) 179.093mph (25 laps)
23. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 30.166s (-0.343s) 179.009mph (39 laps)
24. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 30.232s (-0.409s) 178.619mph (35 laps)
25. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 30.272s (-0.449s) 178.383mph (38 laps)
26. #51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 30.287s (-0.464s) 178.294mph (46 laps)
27. #32 Timmy Hill Ford 30.342s (-0.519s) 177.971mph (26 laps)
28. #13 Casey Mears Ford 30.345s (-0.522s) 177.954mph (20 laps)
29. #35 Josh Wise Ford 30.377s (-0.554s) 177.766mph (5 laps)
30. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 30.379s (-0.556s) 177.754mph (30 laps)
31. #34 David Ragan Ford 30.475s (-0.652s) 177.194mph (27 laps)
32. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 30.479s (-0.656s) 177.171mph (28 laps)
33. #47 AJ Allmendinger Toyota 30.516s (-0.693s) 176.956mph (21 laps)
34. #95 Reed Sorenson Ford 30.524s (-0.701s) 176.910mph (5 laps)
35. #36 JJ Yeley Chevrolet 30.540s (-0.717s) 176.817mph (30 laps)
36. #40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 30.554s (-0.731s) 176.736mph (18 laps)
37. #30 Cole Whitt Toyota 30.594s (-0.771s) 176.505mph (26 laps)
38. #83 David Reutimann Toyota 30.646s (-0.823s) 176.206mph (27 laps)
39. #38 David Gilliland Ford 30.757s (-0.934s) 175.570mph (15 laps)
40. #7 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 30.823s (-1.000s) 175.194mph (15 laps)
41. #33 Tony Raines Chevrolet 31.366s (-1.543s) 172.161mph (17 laps)

Practice 2 times

1. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 29.608s (Leader) 182.383mph (50 laps)
2. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 29.617s (-0.009s) 182.328mph (41 laps)
3. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 29.623s (-0.015s) 182.291mph (32 laps)
4. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 29.640s (-0.032s) 182.186mph (44 laps)
5. #42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet 29.671s (-0.063s) 181.996mph (29 laps)
6. #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 29.701s (-0.093s) 181.812mph (31 laps)
7. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 29.721s (-0.113s) 181.690mph (43 laps)
8. #22 Joey Logano Ford 29.729s (-0.121s) 181.641mph (32 laps)
9. #78 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 29.750s (-0.142s) 181.513mph (33 laps)
10. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 29.751s (-0.143s) 181.507mph (35 laps)
11. #20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 29.773s (-0.165s) 181.372mph (35 laps)
12. #2 Brad Keselowski Ford 29.812s (-0.204s) 181.135mph (44 laps)
13. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 29.818s (-0.210s) 181.099mph (28 laps)
14. #14 Mark Martin Chevrolet 29.823s (-0.215s) 181.068mph (37 laps)
15. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 29.860s (-0.252s) 180.844mph (31 laps)
16. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 29.862s (-0.254s) 180.832mph (22 laps)
17. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 29.865s (-0.257s) 180.814mph (30 laps)
18. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 29.870s (-0.262s) 180.783mph (35 laps)
19. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 29.879s (-0.271s) 180.729mph (34 laps)
20. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 29.946s (-0.338s) 180.325mph (23 laps)
21. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 29.950s (-0.342s) 180.301mph (31 laps)
22. #55 Brian Vickers Toyota 29.960s (-0.352s) 180.240mph (39 laps)
23. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 29.994s (-0.386s) 180.036mph (28 laps)
24. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 30.023s (-0.415s) 179.862mph (31 laps)
25. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 30.025s (-0.417s) 179.850mph (37 laps)
26. #51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 30.033s (-0.425s) 179.802mph (45 laps)
27. #34 David Ragan Ford 30.048s (-0.440s) 179.712mph (25 laps)
28. #36 JJ Yeley Chevrolet 30.054s (-0.446s) 179.677mph (29 laps)
29. #47 AJ Allmendinger Toyota 30.059s (-0.451s) 179.647mph (24 laps)
30. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 30.076s (-0.468s) 179.545mph (25 laps)
31. #30 Cole Whitt Toyota 30.127s (-0.519s) 179.241mph (20 laps)
32. #13 Casey Mears Ford 30.161s (-0.553s) 179.039mph (22 laps)
33. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 30.273s (-0.665s) 178.377mph (33 laps)
34. #32 Timmy Hill Ford 30.323s (-0.715s) 178.083mph (13 laps)
35. #83 David Reutimann Toyota 30.340s (-0.732s) 177.983mph (30 laps)
36. #7 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 30.394s (-0.786s) 177.667mph (25 laps)
37. #38 David Gilliland Ford 30.441s (-0.833s) 177.392mph (20 laps)
38. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 30.447s (-0.839s) 177.357mph (12 laps)
39. #95 Reed Sorenson Ford 30.467s (-0.859s) 177.241mph (6 laps)
40. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 30.639s (-1.031s) 176.246mph (15 laps)
41. #40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 30.660s (-1.052s) 176.125mph (12 laps)
42. #33 Tony Raines Chevrolet 31.155s (-1.547s) 173.327mph (14 laps)

Sprint Cup Series championship standings

1. (--) Matt Kenseth 2063pts
2. (+1) Kyle Busch 2055pts (-8pts)
3. (-1) Jimmie Johnson 2052pts (-11pts)
4. (--) Kevin Harvick 2048pts (-15pts)
5. (--) Carl Edwards 2040pts (-23pts)
6. (+4) Kurt Busch 2040pts (-23pts)
7. (+6) Jeff Gordon 2039pts (-24pts)
8. (+4) Ryan Newman 2035pts (-28pts)
9. (-1) Clint Bowyer 2035pts (-28pts)
10. (+1) Kasey Kahne 2032pts (-31pts)
11. (-4) Greg Biffle 2032pts (-31pts)
12. (-6) Joey Logano 2011pts (-52pts)
13. (-4) Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2010pts (-53pts)

14. (+1) Brad Keselowski 758pts (-1305pts)
15. (-1) Jamie McMurray 747pts (-1316pts)
16. (--) Paul Menard 720pts (-1343pts)
17. (--) Martin Truex Jr. 717pts (-1346pts)
18. (--) Aric Almirola 696pts (-1367pts)
19. (+1) Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 680pts (-1383pts)
20. (-1) Juan Pablo Montoya 668pts (-1395pts)
21. (--) Marcos Ambrose 667pts (-1396pts)
22. (--) Jeff Burton 658pts (-1405pts)
23. (--) Tony Stewart 594pts (-1469pts)
24. (--) Casey Mears 558pts (-1505pts)
25. (--) David Ragan 508pts (-1555pts)
26. (+1) Danica Patrick # 497pts (-1566pts)
27. (-1) Denny Hamlin 496pts (-1567pts)
28. (+1) Mark Martin 484pts (-1579pts)
29. (-1) David Gilliland 478pts (-1585pts)
30. (--) Dave Blaney 417pts (-1646pts)
31. (+2) Travis Kvapil 372pts (-1691pts)
32. (-1) David Stremme 362pts (-1701pts)
33. (-1) David Reutimann 361pts (-1702pts)
34. (+2) AJ Allmendinger 360pts (-1703pts)
35. (--) JJ Yeley 360pts (-1703pts)
36. (-2) Bobby Labonte 343pts (-1720pts)
37. (--) Timmy Hill # 137pts (-1926pts)
38. (--) Michael McDowell 123pts (-1940pts)
39. (--) Michael Waltrip 102pts (-1961pts)
40. (+1) Ken Schrader 92pts (-1971pts)
41. (+1) Terry Labonte 77pts (-1986pts)
42. (+1) Boris Said 48pts (-2015pts)
43. (+1) Ron Fellows 31pts (-2032pts)
44. (+1) Alex Kennedy 21pts (-2042pts)
45. (+1) Justin Marks 14pts (-2049pts)
46. (+1) Victor Gonzalez Jr. 10pts (-2053pts)
47. (+1) Scott Riggs 10pts (-2053pts)
48. (+1) Brian Keselowski 9pts (-2054pts)
49. (+1) Tomy Drissi 8pts (-2055pts)
50. (+1) Jacques Villeneuve 3pts (-2060pts)
51. (+1) Jason Leffler 1pts (-2062pts)

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

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