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Kansas NASCAR: Jimmie Johnson beats Kevin Harvick after rain delay

Jimmie Johnson won Saturday's 400-mile night race at Kansas Speedway to record his third victory of the NASCAR Sprint Cup season following a long delay caused by a rainstorm

Martin Truex Jr had led the majority of the 267 laps in a race littered with caution periods and frenetic restarts, but Johnson benefited from staying out on old tyres to hold on in a tight seven-lap dash to the flag.

Kevin Harvick finished just behind Johnson in second place after a long battle with Truex, who faded to ninth at the end. Dale Earnhardt Jr came home third.

Joey Logano had led the field away from pole position under cloudy skies, but his grip on the head of the race proved to be shortlived.

Kurt Busch passed him on the evening's second restart, then Harvick and Truex came by, with the Furniture Row driver taking control of the next two stints.

Truex extended his lead through a green-flag pitstop sequence and had opened up an advantage of 6.4 seconds by one-third distance, shortly before the third caution of the night was caused by Jeb Burton - who had also triggered the first in an early incident with JJ Yeley - spinning again.

That interruption helped Johnson and Jeff Gordon as the Hendrick Motorsports pair were in danger of falling a lap behind, with Truex having lapped everyone up to Gordon in 15th.

The long-expected rain arrived on lap 98 and a two hour and 15 minute delay ensued.

Once the jet dryers had cleared the standing water, the race got back under way with laptimes significantly faster than they had been before the stoppage.

Brad Keselowski, Carl Edwards and Denny Hamlin moved to the front for a spell by staying out as most pitted amid a pair of yellows for first a tangle between David Ragan and Jose Wise, then a spin for Matt Kenseth that led to Tony Stewart being punted into the wall as the pack slowed in avoidance.

But everyone's strategies realigned during another spate of full course yellows heading into the second half of the race.

First Clint Bowyer was tapped into a spin by Ricky Stenhouse Jr, then 18-year-old Eric Jones's fully-fledged debut in Kyle Busch's regular Joe Gibbs Toyota ended on lap 195 when he spun into the wall while under pressure from Johnson.

Just a few laps later, Hamlin brought out the eighth full course yellow by slamming into the wall on the main straight shortly after an extra pitstop to assess damage from a midfield incident.

A longer stop for Truex during that caution meant that when the race restarted with 55 laps to go Harvick held the lead over Kyle Larson.

Truex passed Larson and set about hunting down Harvick before the final caution was brought out when Stenhouse rubbed along the Turn 2 wall.

That yellow negated lingering concerns over fuel saving and set up the grandstand seven-lap dash to the chequered flag.

Harvick and Truex were among those who pitted to get fresh tyres, while Johnson stayed out and moved to the front.

Although Harvick quickly shot up from sixth to third and then passed Earnhardt with four laps to go, his new rubber could not help him overhaul Johnson, who held on for the victory.

Gordon ended up fourth ahead of Logano, who had twice been relegated to the back of the pack for pitlane infringements, and Kenseth.

Keselowski came home seventh, with Busch, Truex and Ryan Newman completing the top 10.


Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 3h11m50.s
2 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 0.487s
3 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 1.213s
4 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 2.292s
5 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 2.375s
6 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 2.931s
7 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 3.426s
8 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 3.849s
9 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 4.636s
10 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 4.744s
11 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 5.258s
12 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 5.713s
13 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 6.232s
14 A.J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 7.210s
15 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 7.627s
16 Sam Hornish Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 7.669s
17 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 7.884s
18 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 8.862s
19 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 1 Lap
20 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 1 Lap
21 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 1 Lap
22 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 1 Lap
23 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 1 Lap
24 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 1 Lap
25 Matt DiBenedetto BK Racing Toyota 1 Lap
26 Ty Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 1 Lap
27 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 2 Laps
28 Josh Wise Phil Parsons Racing Ford 2 Laps
29 Landon Cassill Hillman Smith Motorsports Chevrolet 2 Laps
30 Justin Allgaier HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 2 Laps
31 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 2 Laps
32 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 4 Laps
33 David Ragan Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 4 Laps
34 Brett Moffitt Front Row Motorsports Ford 4 Laps
35 Cole Whitt Front Row Motorsports Ford 4 Laps
36 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing Ford 5 Laps
37 J.J. Yeley BK Racing Toyota 5 Laps
38 Joey Gase Go FAS Racing Ford 5 Laps
39 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 9 Laps
40 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 25 Laps
41 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Accident
42 Jeb Burton BK Racing Toyota Rear Gear
43 Alex Bowman Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet Vibration


Pos Driver Points
1 Kevin Harvick 437
2 Martin Truex Jr. 391
3 Jimmie Johnson 389
4 Joey Logano 375
5 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 360
6 Brad Keselowski 343
7 Matt Kenseth 331
8 Jamie McMurray 328
9 Jeff Gordon 317
10 Kasey Kahne 313
11 Aric Almirola 312
12 Paul Menard 306
13 Ryan Newman 305
14 Kurt Busch 292
15 Denny Hamlin 284
16 Clint Bowyer 272
17 Danica Patrick 270
18 Carl Edwards 265
19 A.J. Allmendinger 259
20 Casey Mears 242

PROVISIONALLY IN THE CHASE: Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr

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