Pocono NASCAR: Matt Kenseth wins, Joey Logano, Kyle Busch run dry

Matt Kenseth took a shock NASCAR Sprint Cup victory at Pocono as Joey Logano and Kyle Busch both ran out of fuel while leading

Pocono NASCAR: Matt Kenseth wins, Joey Logano, Kyle Busch run dry

Logano, who led 97 of the 160 laps, seemed to have the race sewn up with three laps remaining until his Penske Ford began to jiggle and slow, allowing Kyle Busch to take up the lead.

Busch was aiming for a fourth race victory in a row, but he also ran dry into Turn 1 on the final lap, and Kenseth came to the fore and passed his limping Joe Gibbs team-mate to claim his second win of 2015.

Busch limped home 21st behind Logano, keeping him out of the top 30 in points. Because of his broken leg earlier in the season, he has special dispensation to access NASCAR's Chase playoff as long as he finishes in the top 30. The rest of the title contenders must finish in the top 20.

Brad Keselowski came through in second after a rollercoaster race. The Penske driver hit three of his pit crew when he over-ran his pit box, bringing about a penalty for a loose wheel in the pitlane. The crewmen involved continued to service the car for the rest of the race.

Jeff Gordon managed third in his final Pocono appearance before he retires at the end of the year, despite suffering with a poor car all day.

Hendrick team-mate Dale Earnhardt Jr rebounded from multiple issues on track and in the pitlane to finish fourth, with Greg Biffle rounding out the top five.

Stewart-Haas Racing had an awful day at the 'tricky triangle', starting with the demise of championship leader Kevin Harvick, who blew an engine early on while leading.

Kurt Busch also spent some time in the lead, but after pitstop strategy forced him back into the pack, he spun on a restart and was collected by Sam Hornish Jr on lap 65.

Tony Stewart did provide SOME consolation for the team that bears his name, with a top 10 finish in ninth.

The race was interrupted early on by a red flag after Kasey Kahne spun into the pitlane and caused damage to the wall. That delay and the high number of yellows led to the event running much longer than expected.

RESULTS - 160 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 3h01m36.s
2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 9.012s
3 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 22.246s
4 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 23.716s
5 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 26.420s
6 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 29.343s
7 A.J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 30.537s
8 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 31.921s
9 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 32.455s
10 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 34.974s
11 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet -
12 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet -
13 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet -
14 Landon Cassill Hillman Smith Motorsports Chevrolet -
15 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet -
16 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet -
17 David Ragan Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota -
18 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford -
19 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet -
20 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford -
21 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota -
22 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota -
23 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet -
24 Justin Allgaier HScott Motorsports Chevrolet -
25 Alex Bowman Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet -
26 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet -
27 Cole Whitt Front Row Motorsports Ford -
28 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet -
29 Matt DiBenedetto BK Racing Toyota -
30 J.J. Yeley BK Racing Toyota -
31 Brett Moffitt Front Row Motorsports Ford -
32 Travis Kvapil Go FAS Racing Ford -
33 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford -
34 Reed Sorenson Phil Parsons Racing Chevrolet -
35 Jeb Burton BK Racing Toyota -
36 Timmy Hill Premium Motorsports Ford -
37 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet -
38 Alex Kennedy Circle Sport Chevrolet -
39 Sam Hornish Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Ford -
40 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford -
41 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford -
42 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet -
43 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet -

LEADING CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:

Pos Driver Points
1 Kevin Harvick 780
2 Joey Logano 734
3 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 717
4 Jimmie Johnson 713
5 Martin Truex Jr. 694
6 Brad Keselowski 681
7 Matt Kenseth 662
8 Jamie McMurray 631
9 Kurt Busch 620
10 Jeff Gordon 617
11 Denny Hamlin 614
12 Paul Menard 591
13 Ryan Newman 584
14 Clint Bowyer 574
15 Kasey Kahne 559
16 Carl Edwards 553
17 Aric Almirola 534
18 Greg Biffle 502
19 Kyle Larson 485
20 Austin Dillon 484
21 Casey Mears 467
22 Danica Patrick 462
23 A.J. Allmendinger 460
24 David Ragan 440
25 Tony Stewart 417
26 Sam Hornish Jr. 390
27 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 383
28 Trevor Bayne 370
29 Justin Allgaier 337
30 David Gilliland 331
31 Cole Whitt 331
32 Kyle Busch 318
33 Brett Moffitt 279
34 Alex Bowman 264
35 Michael Annett 248

PROVISIONALLY IN THE CHASE: Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth, Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, Carl Edwards, Martin Truex Jr

* Kyle Busch needs to get into the top 30 in points to take up a Chase place, despite wins

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