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Kenseth gives Dollar General victory in their backyard

Holds off Kahne at Bristol
Saturday, August 24, 2013

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Was the win by Matt Kenseth in their backyard enough to get Dollar General to renew that sponsorship?
In another NASCAR feel-good story, many employees from Dollar General, headquartered in nearby Goodlettsville, TN got to see Matt Kenseth protect the high line in his Dollar General Toyota to hold off Kasey Kahne in another exciting Bristol, TN Sprint Cup finish. 

In a race that saw 11 cautions and points leader Jimmie Johnson have another bad race, Kenseth, in getting his 5th win of the season, gave Dollar General good reason to remain as a big sponsor in NASCAR. 

Juan Montoya was 3rd in the No. 42 Chevy while Brian Vickers and Joey Logano rounded out the top-5.

Kenseth's win came on a night when plenty was at stake in the standings with just a few chances left to qualify for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

At the end of the night, Jimmie Johnson's points lead had shrunk to 18, defending champion Brad Keselowski had fallen out of the Chase, and although they held Wild Card spots, Martin Truex Jr. and Ryan Newman both had three drivers in front of them in points who weren't qualified for the Chase based on wins.

The biggest wreck came on Lap 449 when Denny Hamlin drifted into Ryan Newman and Kevin Harvick and started a wreck that also involved Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr., David Stremme and Ken Schrader.

Harvick parked in Hamlin's pit stall after the incident and after Hamlin bumped Harvick's car out of the way, Harvick came out to talk. Harvick seemed satisfied with Hamlin's explanation because the drivers shook hands briefly before breaking away.

Harvick and Truex Jr. weren't the only Chase contenders caught up in the drama that is Bristol. Carl Edwards' engine blew after a restart on Lap 379, ending his night. Edwards, who had a chance to clinch a Chase berth and led 119 laps, finished 39th.

And on Lap 359, Jimmie Johnson hit a spun-out David Reutimann and sustained significant front-end damage. Johnson went to the garage but returned on Lap 413 and finished 36th.

The first big drama occurred on Lap 77 when Kurt Busch, who started on the front row and led 54 laps, dropped from the lead and had to come to pit road because of a loose wheel. He compounded matters by speeding on pit road and received a pass-through penalty.

Busch went to the garage, got back in the race on Lap 108 but emerged from all that in 41st place.

Shortly before that, Joey Logano and Kyle Busch came together on Lap 106 with Logano sustaining right-front damage and Busch taking some left-rear damage. Both drivers got back into the thick of things, though, after a caution on Lap 257.

Then, on Lap 176, a lapped Travis Kvapil spun Clint Bowyer, the leader at the time. Bobby Labonte slid sideways into Bowyer, who sustained some damage but was able to stay in the race. Labonte went to the garage and didn't return until Lap 238.

Superstar Danica Patrick was lapped 7 times, but she sure is pretty.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to action at 7:30 p.m. ET Sunday, Sept. 1, at Atlanta Motor Speedway for the AdvoCare 500 (ESPN).

Results

Pos No. Driver Make St Laps Led Status
1 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 5 500 149 Running
2 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 7 500 0 Running
3 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet 16 500 0 Running
4 55 Brian Vickers Toyota 4 500 0 Running
5 22 Joey Logano Ford 6 500 0 Running
6 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 21 500 64 Running
7 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 32 500 0 Running
8 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 14 500 0 Running
9 16 Greg Biffle Ford 29 500 0 Running
10 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 19 500 32 Running
11 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 43 500 0 Running
12 34 David Ragan Ford 17 500 0 Running
13 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 41 500 0 Running
14 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 24 500 50 Running
15 43 Aric Almirola Ford 10 499 0 Running
16 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 39 499 0 Running
17 30 David Stremme Toyota 38 498 0 Running
18 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 27 497 0 Running
19 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 20 497 0 Running
20 14 Mark Martin Chevrolet 11 497 0 Running
21 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 8 497 0 Running
22 7 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 36 497 0 Running
23 40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 33 497 0 Running
24 36 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 34 496 0 Running
25 38 David Gilliland Ford 25 495 0 Running
26 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 22 493 0 Running
27 32 Ken Schrader Ford 35 491 0 Running
28 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 1 487 23 Running
29 83 David Reutimann Toyota 31 483 0 Running
30 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 12 478 0 Running
31 78 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 2 476 54 Running
32 33 Tony Raines Chevrolet 40 475 0 Running
33 13 Casey Mears Ford 30 467 0 Running
34 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 15 449 7 Running
35 56 Martin Truex Jr Toyota 9 446 2 Accident
36 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 13 440 0 Running
37 35 Josh Wise Ford 28 418 0 Running
38 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 23 394 0 Running
39 99 Carl Edwards Ford 3 387 119 Engine
40 95 Scott Speed Ford 42 223 0 Brakes
41 98 Michael McDowell Ford 26 175 0 Engine
42 51 Ryan Truex Chevrolet 18 39 0 Accident
43 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 37 1 0 Engine

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