Jimmie Johnson left the pits in the lead during the final caution period at Richmond Saturday night and was never headed.
With 100 laps remaining Jimmie Johnson’s crew chief, Chad Knaus, guaranteed a victory at Fontana and Johnson pulled through in fine fashion.
Carl Edwards used the No. 55 car as a pick to pass Kasey Kahne on lap 335, and from there, he drove off into the night at Bristol.
Pat Tryson’s call to leave leader Kurt Busch out on the track during the final two cautions ultimately proved to the be the correct one at Michigan.
Jeff Gordon spun himself out heading into turn 1 with two laps to go, setting up a furious battle between Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards for the win at the Glen.
On lap 154, Kurt Busch assumed the lead yet again at Pocono, and the rest of the field couldn’t pedal fast enough to keep him in sight.
With 10 laps to go, Tony Stewart muscled his way under Kevin Harvick. The two skirmished, but Stewart quickly drove off to an uncontested Brickyard 400 win.
Matt Kenseth got a run on Tony Stewart with 38 laps to go at Chicagoland, but Stewart held off the challenge. It was clear sailing for the No. 20 after that.
Carl Edwards looked three-wide but thought better of it on the last lap at Daytona, leaving teammate Jamie McMurray free to catch the perfect side draft.
Crew chief Mike gave Denny Hamlin two tires during a pit stop with 44 laps to go at Loudon, putting the No. 11 car out front in clean air.
Matt Kenseth’s team got their driver out first on the final pit stop at Fontana while Jimmie Johnson lost several spots on the same stop.
Kevin Harvick got a huge push into turn 3 on the last lap, riding the momentum to victory at Daytona by the blink of an eye over Mark Martin.