"I hate to see a crash like that and I don't like winning them this way but I don't think I did anything wrong there," Stewart said after winning at Daytona in July for the third time in his career. "I got beside him before he came up and you know, he did what he had to do. He had to protect his line and we did the best we could do there."
Johnson crossed the finish line second behind Stewart after a solid race despite not leading any laps. On the final lap he pushed Stewart to allow him a chance to regain the lead, something that would prove vital to the outcome of the race.
"I was real content riding in fourth," said Johnson. "I had a feeling something would take place coming to the finish and I might be able to improve my position. Everybody was content to stay in line, and you're just waiting for the second-place car to make a move on the leader, and those guys started racing and passing each other, and an opportunity came along and I was in the right lane, and off I went."
Hamlin had probably the second best car of the day, leading 63 laps out of the scheduled 160. However he lost his teammate's draft in the final lap and had to be happy with a third place finish.
"I wanted one of our cars to win so I decided to go with the 18 [Busch] right there to get around the 14 [Stewart]," Hamlin said.
"It was a move to help a teammate and instead of us going for a win I felt like our best shot was for us to push Kyle and we got him in the lead. It's just that it took us out of the position and let the 48 [Johnson] get around us. But overall it was a good day for our team."
Carl Edwards finished fourth, while Kurt Busch made a great recovery from an incident with David Ragan with 39 laps to go. After making contact with the Roush Fenway driver his car required some bodywork repairs at the front but he was able to charge back to get his third top-ten in as many restrictor-plate races this season.
Marcos Ambrose impressed with sixth in the end, followed by Brian Vickers while Juan Pablo Montoya survived an incident, a pit-road penalty, being twice a lap down and a mistake on his final pit stop, to score a hard fought ninth place behind Matt Kenseth, which allows him to move one place up to 11th in the driver standings.
Jamie McMurray was 10th, making it three Roush Fenway cars in the top-10, while Ragan finished 13th in the end.
Besides the last-lap incident, the other 'Big One' of the night came on lap 77 after David Stremme got spun on the backstretch by Kahne.
At least eight cars were involved in the incident including Gordon, who picked up some damage to the right-front corner of his car and also Dale Earnhardt Jr who wouldn't finish the race. His teammate Mark Martin didn't finish either after crashing on lap 13 following contact with Kenseth out of Turn 2.
The veteran is now outside of the top-12 in the driver standings, which continue to be led by Stewart, who added another 10-point bonus towards his Chase seeding with his victory.
Pos Driver Make Laps
1. Tony Stewart Chevrolet 160
2. Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 160
3. Denny Hamlin Toyota 160
4. Carl Edwards Ford 160
5. Kurt Busch Dodge 160
6. Marcos Ambrose Toyota 160
7. Brian Vickers Toyota 160
8. Matt Kenseth Ford 160
9. Juan Montoya Chevrolet 160
10. Elliott Sadler Dodge 160
11. Jamie McMurray Ford 160
12. Regan Smith Chevrolet 160
13. David Ragan Ford 160
14. Kyle Busch Toyota 160
15. Kasey Kahne Dodge 160
16. Jeff Burton Chevrolet 160
17. AJ Allmendinger Dodge 160
18. Greg Biffle Ford 160
19. Joey Logano Toyota 160
20. Ryan Newman Chevrolet 160
21. Bobby Labonte Ford 160
22. Robby Gordon Toyota 160
23. Paul Menard Ford 160
24. Brad Keselowski Chevrolet 160
25. Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet 160
26. Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 160
27. John Andretti Chevrolet 160
28. Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 160
29. Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 159
30. Tony Raines Dodge 158
31. Scott Speed Toyota 152
32. Sam Hornish Jr Dodge 152
33. Reed Sorenson Dodge 146
34. Casey Mears Chevrolet 144
35. David Stremme Dodge 129
36. David Reutimann Toyota 127
37. Michael Waltrip Toyota 124
38. Mark Martin Chevrolet 79
39. Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 76
40. David Gilliland Chevrolet 76
41. Joe Nemechek Toyota 25
42. Patrick Carpentier Toyota 18
43. Dave Blaney Toyota 2