Jimmie Johnson stays out, steals the victory at Kansas

Martin Truex Jr. and Kevin Harvick dominated, by strategy ultimately decided who would come out victorious at Kansas Speedway.

Jimmie Johnson has won for the third time in 2015, collecting his 73rd career NASCAR Sprint Cup win at Kansas Speedway after leading just ten laps ... The final ten.

“I could tell he (Chad Knaus) was having a hard time making the decision," said Johnson of the call to stay out. "I’m kind of running through the events in my mind. We have two wins, we are locked in the Chase, and we are here to win a race, let’s gamble.  Let’s go for it.  Sure enough it paid off."

He was able to fend off Kevin Harvick, who came from sixth on the final restart with just six to go and challenged for the win. Dale Earnhardt Jr. backed up his Talladega triumph with a third place result this weekend, ahead of teammate Jeff Gordon and Joey Logano (who likely passed more cars than anyone after fighting back through the field due to two separate penalties).

"Just racing hard there at the end," Harvick said. "We had a lot of speed. The guys did a great job of adjusting on the car. Just didn't have enough laps."

36 laps shy of halfway, the skies opened up and caused a two hour and 16 minute rain delay. At the time, Martin Truex Jr. was leading and was one of the dominant cars the rest of the race, falling to ninth on the final restart when he found himself stuck behind a slower car. 

"It was a lot of fun all night long to run like that," Truex said. "We had a shot to win it if that last caution didn't come out." He added that he doesn't fault his crew chief for the end result, saying 'it's the first mistake he's made all year.' 

The race saw a total of nine cautions and ten different leaders.

POS. CAR# DRIVER STARTING POS. LC LL STATUSPOINTS 
1 48 Jimmie Johnson 19 267 10 Running 47
2 4 Kevin Harvick 6 267 53 Running 43
3 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 17 267 0 Running 41
4 24 Jeff Gordon 11 267 0 Running 40
5 22 Joey Logano 1 267 29 Running 40
6 20 Matt Kenseth 18 267 1 Running 39
7 2 Brad Keselowski 3 267 43 Running 38
8 41 Kurt Busch 8 267 20 Running 37
9 78 Martin Truex Jr 4 267 95 Running 37
10 31 Ryan Newman 15 267 0 Running 34
11 43 Aric Almirola 14 267 0 Running 33
12 16 Greg Biffle 7 267 0 Running 32
13 1 Jamie McMurray 9 267 0 Running 31
14 47 AJ Allmendinger 29 267 0 Running 30
15 42 Kyle Larson 10 267 3 Running 30
16 9 Sam Hornish Jr 26 267 0 Running 28
17 5 Kasey Kahne 2 267 0 Running 27
18 27 Paul Menard 22 267 0 Running 26
19 13 Casey Mears 24 266 0 Running 25
20 19 Carl Edwards 5 266 12 Running 25
21 15 Clint Bowyer 21 266 0 Running 23
22 3 Austin Dillon 28 266 0 Running 22
23 46 Michael Annett 43 266 0 Running 21
24 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 20 266 0 Running 20
25 83 Matt DiBenedetto 35 266 0 Running 19
26 33 Ty Dillon 32 266 0 Running 0
27 10 Danica Patrick 27 265 0 Running 17
28 98 Josh Wise 40 265 0 Running 16
29 40 Landon Cassill 41 265 0 Running 0
30 51 Justin Allgaier 25 265 0 Running 14
31 6 Trevor Bayne 30 265 0 Running 13
32 38 David Gilliland 38 263 0 Running 12
33 55 David Ragan 23 263 0 Running 11
34 34 Brett Moffitt 39 263 0 Running 10
35 35 Cole Whitt 34 263 0 Running 9
36 95 Michael McDowell 31 262 0 Running 8
37 23 J.J. Yeley 37 262 0 Running 0
38 32 Joey Gase 42 262 0 Running 0
39 14 Tony Stewart 16 258 0 Running 5
40 18 Erik Jones 12 242 1 Running 0
41 11 Denny Hamlin 13 205 0 Accident 3
42 26 Jeb Burton 33 153 0 Rear Gear 2
43 7 Alex Bowman 36 125 0 Vibration 1
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Series NASCAR Cup
Event Kansas
Track Kansas Speedway
Drivers Jimmie Johnson
Article type Race report
Tags hendrick motorsports