Matt Kenseth was not the dominate car, like his teammate Kyle Busch was, but did end up in victory lane after taking the lead with 13 laps left.
Busch had 265 of the 367 laps and put much of the field at least a lap down, after long green flag runs early, but the car went away from him late in the race, allowing Kenseth to escape with the win, his third this season, the most by any driver.
Kenseth was working without his normal Crew Chief Jason Ratcliff, who began serving his two race suspension due to failing post race inspection for his engine a few weeks ago in Kansas.
Busch would finish sixth. His troubles began with about 30 laps remaining when he was fending off a charge from Kasey Kahne. Kahne has slipped by Busch to take the lead, but appeared to lose control of his car and slammed into the outside wall. Kahne would wind up 17th on the day, and a bit upset that, for the third time this season, Busch has helped contribute to ending his day early.
Denny Hamlin, racing for the first time in weeks due to injury, ran the full race and came home in second. Jeff Gordon, who made his 700th start, finished third. Teammate Jimmie Johnson helped keep almost a full race lead in the season points with a fourth place finish and Kevin Harvick finished 5th.
Danica Patrick finished five laps down in 28th position, up three spots from her last year finish.
*** All-Star Time ***
The series takes a break from points running this weekend, but all eyes will be on Charlotte Motor Speedway for NASCARs version of an All-Star event. Here is a breakdown of understanding how this weekends races will be run.
First off, you need to make the race, how do you do that?