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Matt Kenseth wins first Chase race

Published: Monday, Sept. 16, 2013 10:48 a.m. CDT

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Matt Kenseth restored order to a chaotic week for NASCAR with a steely victory over teammate Kyle Busch in the opening race for the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

The start was delayed by mist for almost 90 minutes. Once the race began, it made it almost to the halfway point before the sky opened up again. In all, there were two stoppages totaling six hours, 30 minutes and Kenseth didn’t cross the finish line until early Monday morning.

He passed Busch on a restart with 27 laps remaining — in part because of a push from Kevin Harvick — then led Busch across the finish line for a 1-2 finish for Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota.

Harvick finished third, Kurt Busch was fourth and teammates Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon were fourth and fifth as Chevrolet took spots three through six and Chase drivers swept the top six spots.