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Matt Kenseth held off a late charge from four time NASCAR Champion Jeff Gordon Sunday to give Kenseth his third victory of the season and closing the gap to 58 behind points leader Jimmy Johnson. Kenseth led 87 of 200 laps on his way to victory Sunday.

Jeff Gordon's second place finish is what the 24 team needed to boost its confidence for the chase. Just a few weeks ago the talk was that this team was out of the top ten. Three races till Richmond, the cut off point for the chase and they are sitting pretty good right now. What a difference a few weeks make.

Gordons teammate Jimmy Johnson came back once again from tire problems early. On the very first lap he suffered a right-front tire that went flat forcing the team to pit under green putting him back in the field. He fought his way back to the front only to have another tire leak late in the race and ended up 13th.

The biggest loser in the top 10 has to be Jeff Burton. After starting from the pole he suffered a blown engine 17 laps into Sundays race. Burton fell five spots to ninth in points. He is 35 points ahead of Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Reed Sorenson led the rookies with a eight place finish. Sorenson is third in ROY race.

Fin Str Driver Laps Pts Bns Status Laps Led
             
1 3 Matt Kenseth 200 190 10 Running 87
2 12 Jeff Gordon 200 175 5 Running 12
3 33 Tony Stewart 200 165   Running  
4 15 Kasey Kahne 200 160   Running  
5 14 Mark Martin 200 155   Running  
6 17 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 200 155 5 Running 40
7 6 Greg Biffle 200 146   Running  
8 28 Reed Sorenson * 200 142   Running  
9 9 Denny Hamlin * 200 138   Running  
10 2 Elliott Sadler 200 134   Running  
11 5 Kevin Harvick 200 130   Running  
12 24 Robby Gordon 200 127   Running  
13 8 Jimmie Johnson 200 124   Running  
14 23 Scott Riggs 200 121   Running  
15 27 Brian Vickers 200 118   Running  
16 7 Casey Mears 200 115   Running  
17 40 Jamie McMurray 200 117 5 Running 8
18 21 Ken Schrader 200 109   Running  
19 25 Bobby Labonte 200 106   Running  
20 36 Paul Menard 200 103   Running  
21 30 Travis Kvapil 200 100   Running  
22 20 Carl Edwards 200 102 5 Running 32
23 22 Michael Waltrip 200 94   Running  
24 19 Dave Blaney 200 91   Running  
25 4 Ryan Newman 200 93 5 Running 8
26 13 Joe Nemechek 200 85   Running  
27 35 Jeff Green 200 82   Running  
28 32 David Stremme * 200 79   Running  
29 10 Sterling Marlin 199 76   Running  
30 18 Martin Truex Jr. * 199 73   Running  
31 42 Kyle Petty 199 75 5 Running 1
32 41 Tony Raines 199 67   Running  
33 29 Clint Bowyer * 197 69 5 Engine 6
34 34 Derrike Cope 197 61   Running  
35 43 Hermie Sadler 197 63 5 Running 2
36 37 Dale Jarrett 166 55   Engine  
37 31 J.J. Yeley * 158 52   Accident  
38 26 David Gilliland 145 49   Running  
39 11 Kyle Busch 132 51 5 Running 3
40 16 Kurt Busch 127 48 5 Accident 1
41 39 Kevin Lepage 103 40   Accident  
42 1 Jeff Burton 17 37   Engine  
43 38 Todd Kluever 10 34   Accident  

Caution laps 10 for 36 Laps

Lead Changes 26 among 11 drivers

Biggest Loser Jeff Burton fell 5 spots to 9th in pts.

Biggest Gainer Matt Kenseth no only 59 pts out of first place

Top Rookie Reed Sorenson finished 8th

 

 


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