Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  By By Larry McReynolds  |  Last updated 10/9/13
NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase points leader Matt Kenseth finished 11th on Sunday at Kansas. He also led 21 laps and got those bonus points. Jimmie Johnson finished sixth. He led six laps, so he, too, got the bonus points. That narrowed the gap between him and Matt to only three points. I know Jimmie is probably not happy with a sixth-place finish because for the majority of the day on Sunday, he had better than a sixth-place car. To know, however, that you basically lost an engine with a lap and a half to go, got a top-10 finish and closed the gap on the points leader, that No. 48 bunch has to feel they dodged a very large bullet. Had Jimmie's engine let go any earlier than it did, we might all be talking about Jimmie finishing back there where Kyle Busch did on his horrible Kansas weekend. As I mentioned, Matt led some of the race, but he really had a tough time on restarts. The reality is both he and Jimmie seemed to have issues there. A pit road speeding penalty is very uncharacteri...
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