CONCORD, N.C. (AP) -- Matt Kenseth has staked his claim on
NASCAR's championship with a win at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Kenseth passed Kyle Busch with 25 laps to go then held Busch off
on a restart to win his first race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup
The victory was Kenseth's third of the season, but first since
NASCAR's title-deciding series began five races ago.
The win pushed Kenseth from fifth to third in the standings. He
trails leader Carl Edwards by seven points at the halfway point of
the 10-race Chase.
Busch changed his engine before the race and started last in the
43-car field. But he rallied to finish second for his best finish
in the Chase.
Five-time series champion Jimmie Johnson crashed with 13 laps
left and dropped from third to eighth in the driver standings with
five races left.
NASCAR moves to Talladega next week with Martinsville on the
schedule in two weeks.