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New Hampshire: Cup results

22 September 2013

Matt Kenseth appears to have forgotten how to not win a race, as he picked up his second consecutive win in a dream start to his 2013 Chase campaign for the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship.

Kenseth had come into the Chase as the top seed after five regular season wins, and now makes it seven in total in his best-ever year in NASCAR's top tier competition. His latest victory - the 31st in his Cup career - came in his 500th series start; Richard Petty also won his 500th outing at Cup level back in 1970.

While it's Kenseth's first win in 28 outings at the one-mile New Hampshire Motor Speedway, it's the sixth for Joe Gibbs Racing, the team Kenseth joined at the start of 2013 after splitting with long time partners Roush Fenway Racing at the end of the previous season.

Kenseth joins Greg Biffle and Tony Stewart as the only drivers that have won the first two Chase races (in 2008 and 2011 respectively). On two previous occasions the winner at New Hampshire has gone on to win the Chase - Kurt Busch in 2004 and Tony Stewart in 2011.

Kenseth led for 106 of the 300 laps on Sunday, a personal best for him at New Hampshire having previously led 77 laps in the July 2002 race. Michael Waltrip Racing's Martin Truex Jr. led for 98 laps in the first half of the race but waned as the afternoon wore on and eventually finished tenth.

By contrast, Kenseth's JGR team mate Kyle Busch led no laps at all at New Hampshire but for the second weekend in a row ended up crossing the line as runner-up to Kenseth. That duly means Busch is also in second place in the Chase standing, 14 points behind Kenseth. Jimmie Johnson is in third place four points behind Busch as the trio start to pull away from the other ten drivers in this year's Chase.

A late accident for Johnson's Hendrick Motorsports team mate Kasey Kahne saw the #5 finish in 37th place on Sunday, which drops Kahne to the bottom of the Chase field, 71 points adrift of Kenseth. However all is not lost for Kahne, as Jimmie Johnson rebounded from a 39th place disaster at New Hampshire in the 2006 Chase to win that year's Cup title.

Race results

1. #20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing 300 laps 2hrs 57mins 2secs
2. #18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing + 0.533s
3. #16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing + 1.850s
4. #48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports + 2.532s
5. #1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing + 6.594s
6. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Hendrick Motorsports + 7.819s
7. #55 Brian Vickers Michael Waltrip Racing + 8.408s
8. #31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing + 8.929s
9. #99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing + 9.714s
10. #56 Martin Truex Jr Michael Waltrip Racing + 10.637s
11. #2 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing + 10.823s
12. #11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing + 12.346s
13. #78 Kurt Busch Furniture Row Racing + 13.440s
14. #22 Joey Logano Penske Racing + 14.271s
15. #24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports + 15.029s
16. #39 Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Racing + 16.125s
17. #15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing + 17.350s
18. #9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports + 19.488s
19. #42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing + 20.014s
20. #29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing + 20.191s
21. #43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports + 21.370s
22. #27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing + 21.663s
23. #14 Mark Martin Stewart Haas Racing + 23.272s
24. #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Roush Fenway Racing + 23.559s
25. #13 Casey Mears Germain Racing + 24.405s
26. #83 David Reutimann BK Racing + 26.001s
27. #10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing + 26.763s
28. #93 Travis Kvapil BK Racing + 27.784s
29. #34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports + 1 laps
30. #51 Michael McDowell Phoenix Racing + 2 laps
31. #7 Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing + 2 laps
32. #35 Josh Wise Front Row Motorsports + 3 laps
33. #36 J.J. Yeley Tommy Baldwin Racing + 4 laps
34. #40 Landon Cassill Circle Sport + 4 laps
35. #87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO Motorsports + 4 laps
36. #32 Timmy Hill FAS Lane Racing + 7 laps
37. #5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports + 22 laps
38. #30 Kevin Swindell Swan Racing + 56 laps
39. #38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports + 61 laps Accident
40. #47 Bobby Labonte JTG Daugherty Racing + 139 laps Accident
41. #33 Tony Raines Circle Sport + 172 laps Brakes
42. #98 Johnny Sauter Phil Parsons Racing + 197 laps Brakes
43. #95 Scott Riggs Leavine Family Racing + 208 laps Brakes

Practice 3 times

1. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 28.625s (Leader) 133.059mph (45 laps)
2. #20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 28.651s (-0.026s) 132.938mph (48 laps)
3. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 28.666s (-0.041s) 132.868mph (54 laps)
4. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 28.681s (-0.056s) 132.799mph (52 laps)
5. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 28.726s (-0.101s) 132.591mph (32 laps)
6. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 28.730s (-0.105s) 132.572mph (51 laps)
7. #2 Brad Keselowski Ford 28.736s (-0.111s) 132.545mph (46 laps)
8. #22 Joey Logano Ford 28.756s (-0.131s) 132.452mph (41 laps)
9. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 28.813s (-0.188s) 132.190mph (39 laps)
10. #42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet 28.834s (-0.209s) 132.094mph (37 laps)
11. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 28.871s (-0.246s) 131.925mph (37 laps)
12. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 28.889s (-0.264s) 131.843mph (35 laps)
13. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 28.897s (-0.272s) 131.806mph (33 laps)
14. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 28.899s (-0.274s) 131.797mph (51 laps)
15. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 28.923s (-0.298s) 131.688mph (27 laps)
16. #55 Brian Vickers Toyota 28.924s (-0.299s) 131.683mph (44 laps)
17. #78 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 28.936s (-0.311s) 131.628mph (54 laps)
18. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 28.969s (-0.344s) 131.478mph (42 laps)
19. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 29.001s (-0.376s) 131.333mph (46 laps)
20. #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 29.002s (-0.377s) 131.329mph (37 laps)
21. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 29.010s (-0.385s) 131.293mph (32 laps)
22. #14 Mark Martin Chevrolet 29.017s (-0.392s) 131.261mph (34 laps)
23. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 29.021s (-0.396s) 131.243mph (56 laps)
24. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 29.023s (-0.398s) 131.234mph (37 laps)
25. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 29.066s (-0.441s) 131.040mph (35 laps)
26. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 29.082s (-0.457s) 130.968mph (40 laps)
27. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 29.145s (-0.520s) 130.685mph (33 laps)
28. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 29.146s (-0.521s) 130.680mph (34 laps)
29. #13 Casey Mears Ford 29.148s (-0.523s) 130.671mph (20 laps)
30. #34 David Ragan Ford 29.157s (-0.532s) 130.631mph (31 laps)
31. #38 David Gilliland Ford 29.244s (-0.619s) 130.242mph (26 laps)
32. #40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 29.286s (-0.661s) 130.055mph (15 laps)
33. #98 Johnny Sauter Ford 29.304s (-0.679s) 129.975mph (4 laps)
34. #83 David Reutimann Toyota 29.324s (-0.699s) 129.887mph (34 laps)
35. #7 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 29.387s (-0.762s) 129.608mph (23 laps)
36. #51 Michael McDowell Chevrolet 29.429s (-0.804s) 129.423mph (30 laps)
37. #36 JJ Yeley Chevrolet 29.484s (-0.859s) 129.182mph (35 laps)
38. #30 Kevin Swindell Toyota 29.615s (-0.990s) 128.611mph (16 laps)
39. #95 Scott Riggs Ford 29.701s (-1.076s) 128.238mph (13 laps)
40. #33 Tony Raines Chevrolet 29.711s (-1.086s) 128.195mph (22 laps)
41. #32 Timmy Hill Ford 29.822s (-1.197s) 127.718mph (24 laps)
42. #35 Josh Wise Ford 29.892s (-1.267s) 127.419mph (2 laps)

Practice 2 times

1. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 28.705s (Leader) 132.688mph (41 laps)
2. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 28.766s (-0.061s) 132.406mph (47 laps)
3. #78 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 28.829s (-0.124s) 132.117mph (45 laps)
4. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 28.851s (-0.146s) 132.016mph (60 laps)
5. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 28.859s (-0.154s) 131.980mph (40 laps)
6. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 28.861s (-0.156s) 131.970mph (38 laps)
7. #20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 28.862s (-0.157s) 131.966mph (50 laps)
8. #2 Brad Keselowski Ford 28.873s (-0.168s) 131.916mph (42 laps)
9. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 28.895s (-0.190s) 131.815mph (51 laps)
10. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 28.896s (-0.191s) 131.811mph (47 laps)
11. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 28.899s (-0.194s) 131.797mph (51 laps)
12. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 28.900s (-0.195s) 131.792mph (31 laps)
13. #22 Joey Logano Ford 28.901s (-0.196s) 131.788mph (45 laps)
14. #42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet 28.925s (-0.220s) 131.678mph (42 laps)
15. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 28.940s (-0.235s) 131.610mph (46 laps)
16. #55 Brian Vickers Toyota 28.946s (-0.241s) 131.583mph (32 laps)
17. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 28.954s (-0.249s) 131.547mph (34 laps)
18. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 28.955s (-0.250s) 131.542mph (36 laps)
19. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 28.987s (-0.282s) 131.397mph (35 laps)
20. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 28.999s (-0.294s) 131.342mph (51 laps)
21. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 29.092s (-0.387s) 130.923mph (36 laps)
22. #14 Mark Martin Chevrolet 29.104s (-0.399s) 130.869mph (39 laps)
23. #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 29.135s (-0.430s) 130.729mph (46 laps)
24. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 29.141s (-0.436s) 130.702mph (31 laps)
25. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 29.145s (-0.440s) 130.685mph (39 laps)
26. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 29.151s (-0.446s) 130.658mph (38 laps)
27. #13 Casey Mears Ford 29.189s (-0.484s) 130.488mph (33 laps)
28. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 29.253s (-0.548s) 130.202mph (49 laps)
29. #34 David Ragan Ford 29.274s (-0.569s) 130.109mph (38 laps)
30. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 29.277s (-0.572s) 130.095mph (49 laps)
31. #38 David Gilliland Ford 29.287s (-0.582s) 130.051mph (35 laps)
32. #51 Michael McDowell Chevrolet 29.303s (-0.598s) 129.980mph (33 laps)
33. #7 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 29.369s (-0.664s) 129.688mph (23 laps)
34. #40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 29.473s (-0.768s) 129.230mph (35 laps)
35. #30 Kevin Swindell Toyota 29.490s (-0.785s) 129.156mph (34 laps)
36. #98 Johnny Sauter Ford 29.496s (-0.791s) 129.129mph (8 laps)
37. #83 David Reutimann Toyota 29.497s (-0.792s) 129.125mph (33 laps)
38. #36 JJ Yeley Chevrolet 29.497s (-0.792s) 129.125mph (34 laps)
39. #33 Tony Raines Chevrolet 29.700s (-0.995s) 128.242mph (16 laps)
40. #32 Timmy Hill Ford 29.791s (-1.086s) 127.851mph (30 laps)
41. #95 Scott Riggs Ford 29.820s (-1.115s) 127.726mph (9 laps)
42. #87 Tony Raines Toyota 32.329s (-3.624s) 117.814mph (2 laps)

Sprint Cup Series championship standings

1. (--) Matt Kenseth 2111pts
2. (--) Kyle Busch 2097pts (-14pts)
3. (--) Jimmie Johnson 2093pts (-18pts)
4. (+1) Carl Edwards 2075pts (-36pts)
5. (+6) Greg Biffle 2073pts (-38pts)
6. (-2) Kevin Harvick 2072pts (-39pts)
7. (-1) Kurt Busch 2071pts (-40pts)
8. (-1) Jeff Gordon 2069pts (-42pts)
9. (-1) Ryan Newman 2064pts (-47pts)
10. (-1) Clint Bowyer 2063pts (-48pts)
11. (+2) Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2049pts (-62pts)
12. (--) Joey Logano 2042pts (-69pts)
13. (-3) Kasey Kahne 2040pts (-71pts)
14. (--) Brad Keselowski 792pts (-1319pts)
15. (--) Jamie McMurray 786pts (-1325pts)
16. (+1) Martin Truex Jr. 752pts (-1359pts)
17. (-1) Paul Menard 742pts (-1369pts)
18. (--) Aric Almirola 719pts (-1392pts)
19. (--) Ricky Stenhouse Jr. # 700pts (-1411pts)
20. (+2) Jeff Burton 694pts (-1417pts)
21. (-1) Juan Pablo Montoya 693pts (-1418pts)
22. (-1) Marcos Ambrose 693pts (-1418pts)
23. (--) Tony Stewart 594pts (-1517pts)
24. (--) Casey Mears 577pts (-1534pts)
25. (+2) Denny Hamlin 528pts (-1583pts)
26. (-1) David Ragan 523pts (-1588pts)
27. (-1) Danica Patrick # 514pts (-1597pts)
28. (--) Mark Martin 505pts (-1606pts)
29. (--) David Gilliland 483pts (-1628pts)
30. (--) Dave Blaney 430pts (-1681pts)
31. (--) Travis Kvapil 388pts (-1723pts)
32. (+1) David Reutimann 379pts (-1732pts)
33. (+2) Jj Yeley 372pts (-1739pts)
34. (-2) David Stremme 362pts (-1749pts)
35. (-1) A J Allmendinger 360pts (-1751pts)
36. (--) Bobby Labonte 347pts (-1764pts)
37. (--) Timmy Hill # 145pts (-1966pts)
38. (--) Michael McDowell 137pts (-1974pts)
39. (--) Michael Waltrip 102pts (-2009pts)
40. (--) Scott Speed 99pts (-2012pts)
41. (--) Ken Schrader 92pts (-2019pts)
42. (--) Terry Labonte 77pts (-2034pts)
43. (--) Boris Said 48pts (-2063pts)
44. (--) Ron Fellows 31pts (-2080pts)
45. (--) Alex Kennedy 21pts (-2090pts)
46. (--) Justin Marks 14pts (-2097pts)
47. (+1) Scott Riggs 11pts (-2100pts)
48. (-1) Victor Gonzalez Jr. 10pts (-2101pts)
49. (--) Brian Keselowski 9pts (-2102pts)
50. (--) Tomy Drissi 8pts (-2103pts)
51. (--) Jacques Villeneuve 3pts (-2108pts)
52. (--) Jason Leffler 1pts (-2110pts)

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


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