At Last Year’s NASCAR Kansas Race…

Jimmie Johnson’s mastery of mile-and-a-half ovals in 2015 continued on a damp Saturday night … and early Sunday morning … at Kansas Speedway. After opting to remain on the track while others pitted during the race’s final caution, Johnson turned track position into a trip to Gatorade Victory Lane. The race was interrupted by a rain delay of more than two hours, with the six-time champion finally taking the checkered flag just past midnight, local time. The race was the fourth of the season to be contested on intermediate-sized ovals and Johnson won three of them in the early months of the campaign: in Atlanta, Texas and then Kansas City. He led just once all night, but it came when it counted most – over the final ten laps. His margin of victory over runner-up Kevin Harvick was a half-second. Dale Earnhardt Junior and Jeff Gordon also chose to remain on the track during that final caution and it paid off with finishes of third and fourth, respectively. Pole sitter Joey Logano completed the top five … Martin Truex Junior started fourth, led a race-high ninety-five laps and seemed poised to end a sixty-six-race winless streak. However, he needed to pit for fuel during the final caution and wound up with a ninth-place finish.


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