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Harvick led 53 of the 267 laps in Saturday’s marathon, which ended early Sunday morning thanks to a rain delay. It looked late in the race as though Harvick could score another victory, but despite his best efforts, he had nothing for race winner Jimmie Johnson and settled for second.
Martin Truex, Jr.
Truex was denied once again. He led a race high 95 laps and was the dominate force most of the race. A late pit call for fuel, however, left him outside the top five and caught behind slower traffic. Truex had a ninth place finish.
Johnson only led 10 laps, but six of those were the final ones. Early in the race he nearly spun out and made an amazing save. He fell as far back as 40th, but rallied back, played the fuel mileage game perfectly and secure his 73rd career win, his third of the season and his third at Kansas.
Logano had a heck of a night. He led from the pole, but suffered two pit road penalties that left him deep in the field, the last one late in the going. Logano made a furious charge though and surprised many with a fifth place finish.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Earnhardt Jr. struggled early in the going, and was one lap down outside the top 15 at one point. He rallied back and came home third.
Keselowski led 43 laps once he got his car in clean air. Once he fell back however, he wasn’t able to make his way forward and had to settle for a seventh place finish.
Kenseth never had the speed to run near the front for most of the race, and at one point spun with a flat tire. He did make a late-race charge and, thanks in part to pit strategy, was able to make a comeback and finish sixth.
McMurray had a mediocre night, which is uncharacteristic of his runs of late. He did make a brief appearance in the top 10, but couldn’t stay there and ended in 13th.
Gordon had an up and down night. He was inside the top 10 early, then fell back, lost a lap and was deep in field. He staged a late race rally, staying out and conserving fuel late in the going to come home fourth.
Kahne started second, but was never able to stay near the front. He struggled much of the night and finished 17th.
Almirola was never a factor. He did avoid trouble though and came home 11th.
Menard nearly pulled it off. He stayed out late in the going and was in the top five. He pitted late for fuel and his crew made a mistake losing control of a tire. He was penalized and ended the night 18th.
Newman spent much of the race deep in the field. He made one last charge late in the going but could only manage to make it to 10th.
Busch was in the top five in the closing laps. But on the final restart, he couldn’t get going and had to hold on for an eighth place finish.
Hamlin wasn’t strong enough to compete for the win but was holding his own. Contact with another driver on lap 200 left him with a flat tire. He returned a few laps later, but a suspension piece broke, sending him into the wall. He finished in the garage in 41st place.
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