How the race was won
Stories of the race
Carl Edwards bows out: In a matter of moments, Edwards went from battling for the lead to sitting on pit road, his engine refusing to fire. He fell 16 laps down early and wound up taking a huge hit in the points standings.
Pit road mishaps: Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch both had strong cars but hurt their chances when both were caught speeding on their final pit stops. That took them out of contention to challenge for the win.
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Harvick vs. Edwards
Grading the race
Not too bad for a 1.5-miler, which have been miserable this season, though we still saw the leader run away from the field following every caution flag. The battle between Burton and Johnson at the end of the race provided the best action. There wasn't much else to get excited about, though. Grade: B-
From the source
Jeff Gordon: "It's unbelievable how good my car drove out in front. It was on rails. And it was like having the best car, and then like having the worst car, when I was five or six cars back. That's just going to come down to track position and I think Jeff Burton and those guys played a great race. They had a great car and they won the race. Hats off to them. But I was really frustrated with that."
Jimmie Johnson: "That's a decent (points) margin. Heck, we're only halfway through it. I was (down) more than that after Talladega. But it took other guys having problems to let me into it. So if we go clean, that's going to be really tough for the 99 (Edwards) to overcome. But if we all have trouble, then he's right back in it."
- Carl Edwards
- Jeff Burton
- Kevin Harvick
- Jimmie Johnson