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Matt Kenseth Wins Chase-Opening Race at Chicagoland [VIDEO]

Matt Kensth celebrates his win at Chicagoland Speedway (Getty Images)

After two rain delays totaling more than six hours they did finally complete yesterday’s first Chase for the Cup race at Chicagoland Speedway. At the end it was Matt Kenseth winning his sixth race of the season to hold on to the points lead in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship with nine races left. 

And it could be a significant victory for Kenseth. The past two winners at Chicagoland – Brad Keselowski last year and Tony Stewart the year before that went on to win the championship.

Kenseth passed teammate Kyle Busch with 22 laps left in a race that ended 10 hours after its scheduled start.  The checkered flag coming early Monday morning.

Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch and Jimmie Johnson closed out the Top Five.

Jeff Gordon who was added to the Chase lineup as the 13th driver following an investigation into what was basically cheating the week before at Richmond came in sixth.

So entering next Sunday’s race at New Hampshire Kenseth is the points leader eight points up on Kyle Busch followed by Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick and Carl Edwards.

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