CONCORD, N.C. (AP) -- Matt Kenseth has staked his claim on NASCAR's championship with a win Saturday night 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 championship.
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.
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