Racingone Rewind: Kansas
September 29, 2008 | 6:09 A.M. EST
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Jimmie Johnson held off a bonzai move by Carl Edwards in the final turn to score his fifth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win of the season in Sunday's Camping World RV 400 at Kansas Speedway. Photos
Keys to Victory Lane
Johnson led a race-high 124 laps but had to fight Edwards on the final lap to notch his first career Sprint Cup win at Kansas. Complete Results
Zero to Hero
Edwards started 34th and charged through the field to score the runner-up finish.
Rookie of the Race
Patrick Carpentier brought the Gillett Evernham Motorsports No. 10 Dodge home to a 29th-place finish to top the freshman class.
Kevin Harvick took the green flag in the 36th spot and notched a sixth-place finish. His RCR teammate Jeff Burton started the day 37th and finished seventh. Juan Pablo Montoya started 42nd after failing post-qualifying inspection and came home 20th.
Chase for the Cup
Johnson now leads Edwards by 10 points with Greg Biffle third, 30 points behind. Jeff Gordon made the biggest gain this week, moving up two positions to sixth. Tony Stewart took the biggest hit, dropping four spots to 12th.
Camping World RV 400 Loop Data Leaders
• Average Running Position: Jimmie Johnson - 2.2
• Fastest Early In a Run: Jimmie Johnson - 161.514 mph
• Fastest Late In a Run: Carl Edwards - 156.478 mph
• Fastest Laps Run: Jimmie Johnson - 69
• Fastest on Restarts: Jimmie Johnson - 162.224 mph
• Most Passes During Green Flag Conditions: Kyle Busch - 121
• Laps In Top 15: Jimmie Johnson - 265
• Quality Passes: Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 54
• Speed in Traffic: Carl Edwards - 157.884 mph
• Johnson captured his 38th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win in his 248th career start. Detailed Active Driver Wins
• Johnson won the 173rd race for car owner Rick Hendrick. Detailed Active Car Owner Wins
• Johnson became the second driver to win at Kansas from the pole position. He was the 497th driver overall to win a race from that position. Starting Position Facts
• Johnson won the fifth race for Chevrolet at Kansas. All-Time Manufacturer Wins
• Carl Edwards (second) posted his third top-10 finish in five races at Kansas Speedway. It is his 22nd top-10 finish in 2008.
• Greg Biffle (third) posted his fourth top-10 finish in seven races at Kansas Speedway.
• Jeff Gordon (fourth) posted his sixth top-10 finish at Kansas in eight starts.
• Matt Kenseth (fifth) posted his first top-five finish at Kansas since 2005.
• Kevin Harvick (sixth) posted his ninth consecutive top-10 finish this season.
• Jeff Burton (seventh) posted his second top-10 finish at Kansas.
• David Ragan (eighth) posted his first top-10 finish in the last five races this season.
• A.J. Allmendinger (ninth) posted his career-best finish.
• Elliott Sadler (10th) posted his seventh top-10 finish of the season.
• The 267-lap race saw 16 lead changes among 10 drivers and an average speed of 133.549 mph. Lap Summary
• Seven caution flags were thrown for 25 laps.
• The Camping World RV 400 lasted 2 hours, 59 minutes, 56 seconds.
• We'll come to Kansas twice a year for finishes like that one.
• "My Name is Kyle" coming to a television near you, the story of a racecar driver now dealing with bad karma.
• The way Tony Stewart's season is going, he will have a starring role on that show as well.
• Martin Truex, Jr. looked like he was headed for a great finish until disaster struck DEI - again.
• Joey Logano is learning just how tough this Sprint Cup racing stuff is.
• A.J. Allmendinger's Red Bull swan song was a good one.
• If you were listening on the scanner, Dale Earnhardt, Jr.'s day was better than a two-hour show at your local comedy club.
• Brian Vickers and Tony Stewart won't be going out to dinner anytime soon.
• Dave Blaney better watch the highway drive home with all the speeding penalties he got on Sunday.
• "I sucked my whole life until I got to this level of racing." - Jimmie Johnson
• "I guess I need to be sick more often." - Jeff Gordon after finishing fourth
• "I want to win this race more than any on the schedule and I thought I could do it today." - Carl Edwards
• "I think an average driver would have finished 35th." - Dale Earnhardt, Jr. on his 13th-place finish.
• "In video games, you can just run into the wall and run it wide open." - Carl Edwards
On a scale of one to 10 sunflowers for Kansas which of course is the Sunflower State, we'll give Sunday's Camping World RV 400 a seven. Some intrigue early on with the Chasers all starting from the back but the race got boring in the middle section when it looked like Johnson would cruise to a win like he did back at Fontana. But that final charge by Edwards and dramatic finish was one of the best of the season and the championship battle is close after three races into the Chase. Now it's off to the wild car race of the Chase number one - Talladega Superspeedway for next Sunday's AMP Energy 500.