Matt Kenseth snatched victory in a NASCAR Sprint Cup race that Jimmie Johnson had dominated at Kentucky Speedway.
Johnson led 182 of the 267 laps of the race -- run Sunday after a rainout on Saturday night -- and seemed to have an answer for everything his rivals could throw at him, breaking clear and pulling away into commanding leads time and time again. But in the final pit visits under yellow with 25 laps to go, Joe Gibbs driver Kenseth gambled on a fuel-only stop as the rest all went for at least two tires. That vaulted his Toyota right to the front, ahead of Johnson.
The points leader then made a very slow getaway -- and would vehemently criticize Kenseth's handling of the restart over the radio -- and was swamped by the pack. He then spun, losing control even before a tiny touch with Joey Logano, and tumbled down to 26th, from where he recovered to an eventual ninth.
Kenseth managed to fend off Clint Bowyer at the next restart and then edge clear as the Waltrip Toyota driver had to focus on a late surge from Earnhardt Ganassi's Jamie McMurray. With four laps left, McMurray made it through, but Kenseth was long gone.
Logano fought back to fourth, ahead of Kyle Busch and his brother Kurt. The latter had earlier been involved in the race's biggest accident, when he bounced off the apron into Brad Keselowski.
The champion's Ford was shoved into a spin and was hit hard by Greg Biffle. Both drivers were unhurt, but a red flag was required to clear up the mess. Huge efforts from Penske and Roush Fenway got both the mangled Fords back on track later on.
Polesitter Dale Earnhardt Jr. never got back up front after hitting debris from Denny Hamlin's early tire failure and finished 12th. Hamlin had another tire go down later and slammed into the wall. He was carefully checked in the medical center but escaped injury.
Results - 267 laps:
Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap
1. Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Toyota 3h02m07.000s
2. Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Chevrolet +0.699s
3. Clint Bowyer Waltrip Toyota +1.651s
4. Joey Logano Penske Ford +2.559s
5. Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Toyota +3.235s
6. Kurt Busch Furniture Row Chevrolet +4.826s
7. Martin Truex Jr Waltrip Toyota +5.300s
8. Jeff Gordon Hendrick Chevrolet +5.784s
9. Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Chevrolet +5.995s
10. Kevin Harvick Childress Chevrolet +7.763s
11. Kasey Kahne Hendrick Chevrolet +8.014s
12. Dale Earnhardt Jr Hendrick Chevrolet +9.272s
13. Marcos Ambrose Petty Ford +10.719s
14. Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Chevrolet +11.663s
15. Aric Almirola Petty Ford +12.020s
16. Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Chevrolet +15.841s
17. Ricky Stenhouse Jr Roush Fenway Ford +16.011s
18. Casey Mears Germain Ford +16.105s
19. Jeff Burton Childress Chevrolet +16.999s
20. Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Chevrolet +17.371s
21. Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Ford +17.569s
22. AJ Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Toyota +18.643s
23. Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Chevrolet +19.090s
24. Austin Dillon Phoenix Chevrolet +20.738s
25. David Stremme Swan Toyota +21.461s
26. David Ragan Front Row Ford +2 laps
27. David Reutimann BK Toyota +4 laps
28. David Gilliland Front Row Ford +5 laps
29. Ken Schrader FAS Lane Ford +5 laps
30. Paul Menard Childress Chevrolet +8 laps
Brian Vickers Waltrip Toyota 240 laps
JJ Yeley Baldwin Chevrolet 165 laps
Brad Keselowski Penske Ford 153 laps*
Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Ford 151 laps*
Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Toyota 147 laps
Landon Cassill Circle Sport Chevrolet 104 laps
Joe Nemechek NEMCO Toyota 95 laps
Michael McDowell Parsons Ford 84 laps
Josh Wise Front Row Ford 77 laps
Dave Blaney Baldwin Chevrolet 62 laps
Mike Bliss Humphrey Smith Toyota 57 laps
Travis Kvapil BK Toyota 47 laps
Scott Riggs Xxtreme Ford 6 laps