It came right down to those final few inches when Dale Earnhardt Jr. pushed Jimmie Johnson across the line .002 seconds ahead of Clint Bowyer.
*The Key Moment* – Clint Bowyer was leading, but with 87 laps left tangled with Brian Vickers while trying to lap him.
With four laps left, Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s car got just loose enough to allow Kevin Harvick to slip by for the win. Junior tried a classic crossover move to retake the lead but missed by a couple inches.
Kevin Harvick got up on Jimmie Johnson’s bumper entering turn three on the final lap to get the No. 48 loose. That opened the top lane and Harvick drove jauntily on by for the win.
Kyle Busch’s team got the No. 18 car off pit road first on the final stop and while Carl Edwards and Jimmie Johnson kept him honest at the end there was no catching Busch.
On the final pit stop, Carl Edwards was able to take two tires and the lead heading into the homestretch. Tony Stewart, who took two on his previous stop to make up track position lost after a penalty in the pits, was forced to take four and could never make up the gap.
Following the final restart it took Jeff Gordon 13 laps to reel in and pass Kyle Busch.
Trevor Bayne got a great jump on the final restart and Bobby Labonte offered a vital assist, pushing the No. 21 car before Bayne blocked Carl Edwards coming to the stripe and pulled the upset.
On the final lap, Denny Hamlin made an ill-considered move to dip (well, hell, actually he dove headfirst) below the yellow line coming to the stripe, cementing the win for Kurt Busch.
When Martin Truex Jr. fell off the pace at Homestead with an equalized tire, Carl Edwards lost the only competition that could keep him honest all day and drove on to an easy win.