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Matt Kenseth takes Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

By Reid Spencer
NASCAR Wire Service

September 22. 2013 6:20PM

LOUDON, N.H.—Was this real or instant replay?

For the second straight week, in the second race of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Matt Kenseth led Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch to the finish line.

The top seed in the Chase, Kenseth won Sunday's Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway as JGR asserted its superiority for the second consecutive week.

Kenseth led a race-high 106 laps in winning for the seventh time this season, for the first time at the Magic Mile and for the 31st time in his career. Winning in his 500th start in the Cup series, Kenseth extended his Chase lead to 14 points over Busch.

Greg Biffle drove from sixth to third after the final restart on Lap 258 of 300. Five-time champion Jimmie Johnson finished fourth, followed by Jamie McMurray and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Kasey Kahne saw his Chase hopes dim when he spun on the frontstretch on Lap 252 and nosed into the inside wall. Kahne came home 37th.

Brian Vickers, the July winner at the 1.058-mile track, started in the rear and finished seventh. Jeff Burton, Carl Edwards and Martin Truex Jr. completed the top 10. Truex led 98 laps but fell back during the final 43-lap green-flag run.

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