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The lead change wasn't the only shake up in the points. Denny Hamlin was forced into the garage midway through the race after electrical issues caused the No. 11 Toyota to lose power multiple times over the course of a green-flag run. Hamlin’s misfortune, which also included two pit road speeding penalties, allowed for Clint Bowyer to move up in the rankings. Kasey Kahne gained one point finishing third and joked saying that at this rate he might catch up to the leaders by next year.
The Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota duo of Brian Vickers and Bowyer had solid runs with Bowyer leading a race high 151 laps. After the race Bowyer said, “I thought we had a car capable of winning. As soon as it got cool, I got a little bit tight in, but we lost track position when they beat us out of the pits there and I never could regain it.” Bowyer is now third in the points and 26 behind Johnson, still in the title hunt.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. returned to the track for the first time since a concussion post-Talladega, maintaining a top 10 car for most of the afternoon, the driver and team look refreshed all weekend. Contact from Sam Hornish Jr. and Carl Edwards derailed the hopes of finishing strong. In a typical short track deal, Hornish touched Edwards who then touched Earnhardt Jr. That contact resulted in a 21st-place finish for the No. 88 team. For Jr Nation's loyal fans, they will take it, just happy to have their driver back behind the wheel.
- Ky. Busch
- Hornish Jr.
- Ku. Busch
- Earnhardt Jr.
- Truex Jr.