Jimmie Johnson held off Carl Edwards on the final shootout to win the Allstate 400 from Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Because of excessive tire wear, NASCAR decided to throw competition cautions throughout the race, keeping the runs between 10 and 12 laps.
With about 10 laps to go, NASCAR threw the final competition caution setting the stage for a seven lap shootout. Johnson’s crew got him out of the pits with the lead, with Edwards on his back bumper. Johnson held off Edwards for the final seven laps.
Top 5: Johnson, Edwards, Denny Hamlin, Elliott Sadler, and Jamie McMurray.
Jeff Gordon, Kasey Kahne, Greg Biffle, Jeff Burton, and AJ Allmendinger finished sixth through 10th, respectively.
Notables: Mark Martin (11th), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (12th), Ryan Newman (13th), David Ragan (14th), Kyle Busch (15th), Clint Bowyer (19th), Tony Stewart (23rd), Martin Truex Jr. (24th), Kevin Harvick (37th), and Matt Kenseth (38th).
Harvick got collected early, when Kurt Busch spun. He suffered damage and had to go to the garage for repairs. His 37th place finish dropped him to 13th in points, out of the Chase. Harvick’s problems were good for his Richard Childress Racing teammate, Clint Bowyer, he moved to 12th in the standings, putting him in the Chase.
Kenseth blew a tire early, which ripped the right rear quarter panel off his car. His 38th place finish dropped him to 11th in points.