After an excruciating series of rain delays, Matt Kenseth eventually came out on top at the Geico 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday night.
Kenseth overcame wet weather and a five-hour delay to snatch the narrow victory. With the win, he now sits in first place in the Sprint Cup standings.
Following Kenseth across the finish line was his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch. Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Brad Keselowski, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Clint Bowyer and Ryan Newman rounded out the top 10.
Joey Logano, who started the race in pole position and led the first 30 laps, wasn't quite as fortunate. After nagging engine troubles throughout the day, Logano's No. 22 car finally went up in smoke on Lap 176.
Logano finished 37th, last of all Chase contenders. Dale Earnhardt Jr. didn't fare much better, finishing in 35th place after suffering engine failures as well.
Here are the updated Chase standings following Sunday's race.
|13||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||2,011||53|
The delay was long enough that Jorge Andres Mondaca of FOX Sports had time to go to the bar. Something tells me he wasn't the only one.
After a delay long enough that I got to go to the bar and back, the @NASCAR race is on again - can there be any more drama in the sport?— Jorge Andres Mondaca (@JorgeMondacaFOX) September 16, 2013
USA Today's Jeff Gluck had the specifics:
Red flag time: Five hours, 10 minutes, 21 seconds. #NASCAR— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) September 16, 2013
After the delay, it appears NASCAR's official Twitter feed was a little disoriented. #NASCARNonstop...you know, except for that part where it stopped for a very long time.
As racing legend Darrell Waltrip said, the delay took its toll on some of the cars.
The change in the weather and these cooler temps is going to be mighty hard on the old engine tonight, probably turning a few more revs !— Darrell Waltrip (@AllWaltrip) September 16, 2013
The engine gods spared Kenseth, though, and he set a career mark with the win, according to NASCAR Stats.
Kenseth will look to build on his success next week when the Chase continues with the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon.