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MATT KENSETH WINS WACKY POCONO SPRINT CUP RACE

Joe Gibbs Racing driver steals victory after leaders run out of fuel

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11752577_10153488167462010_5171717814525929501_nMatt Kenseth won his first career race at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, sneaking his way into Victory Lane after Joey Logano, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. ran out of fuel in front of him.

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Matt Kenseth

It’s Kenseth’s second victory of 2015, and it clinches a spot in the Chase for the NASCARSprint Cup (if he attempts to qualify for the remaining regular-season races).

The Joe Gibbs Racing driver’s win breaks up his teammate Busch’s streak of three consecutiveSprint Cup wins.

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With three laps remaining, Logano — who led a race-high 97 laps —  ran out of fuel while leading. Kyle Buschassumed the lead, but ran out of fuel himself shortly thereafter, as did Truex.

Jeff Gordon rallied to finish third, followed byDale Earnhardt Jr. and Greg Biffle.

The calamity started early Sunday, with Kasey Kahnespinning onto pit road and hitting the inside wall, taking major damage and bringing out the red flag.

Kevin Harvick‘s day ended early as well, seeing his No. 4 Chevrolet engine expire and expel billowing smoke while leading.

By virtue of his 21st-place place finish, four-time 2015 winner Kyle Busch now unofficially sits in 32nd place in the points standings, 13 points behind 30th-place David Gilliland. He must finish the regular season in the top 30 in the points standings to make the Chase.

The Sprint Cup Series heads north next week to Watkins Glen International, site of Sunday’sCheez-It 355 (2 p.m. ET, NBCSN/Live Extra).

originalNASCAR.com story and photos

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