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McMurray wins at Talladega

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TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Jimmie Johnson is the new points leader and Jamie McMurray ended a 108-race winless streak. Those were the top two stories to come out of the Camping World Trucking 500 Sunday afternoon at Talladega Superspeedway.

The last lap got pretty crazy as rookie Austin Dillon went on a wild ride in which he became airborne before coming down hard on his four wheels.

As a result, the caution flag was waved before Dale Earnhardt Jr. had a chance to try to pass McMurray.

Johnson ended up 13th after leading a race-high 47 laps, while Matt Kenseth, who began the day as the points leader, finished 20th to drop to second in the points standings, four points back of Johnson. Kevin Harvick is now tied with Kyle Busch for third in the standings.

The last 10 laps of the race turned into a single-file situation, with McMurray leading, followed by Earnhardt, Dillon, rookie Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Paul Menard and Kyle Busch.

Dillon was the first to try to make a move on the last lap. But when Earnhardt blocked the maneuver, Dillon tried to slide back in line and lost control of his Chevrolet as he was clipped by Stenhouse.

Dillon's car bounced hard off the wall and became airborne. Just as Dillon's car landed right-side up, it was slammed into by Casey Mears. Both drivers escaped the incident unhurt.

Menard finished third, followed by Kyle Busch, Stenhouse, David Ragan, David Gilliland, Martin Truex Jr., Ryan Newman and Greg Biffle.

Johnson and Kenseth spent the first half of the race running up front and leading laps, while Harvick faded to the back.

But just past the halfway mark, Kenseth began complaining about a loose race car.

He tried to rally in the final 25 laps, but picked the wrong time to make a move. He was forced to drop to the back of the single-file line as the race entered its final 10 laps.

Harvick finished 12th and now trails Johnson by 26 points with only four races left in the season.
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