KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Jimmie Johnson barely held off a strong challenge from Carl Edwards on Sunday at Kansas Speedway, winning the race and vaulting into first place in the Chase for the Championship.
Edwards, who overcame a poor starting position and two pit lane incidents to catch and pass Johnson for the lead, lost the top spot to Johnson on a pit stop with 47 laps to go. He finally caught him again on the last lap, shooting past Johnson on the low side of the banked 1.5-mile oval in the third turn — but just a little too fast.
Edwards slid up the track and bounced off the wall as Johnson drove back past and on to his fifth victory of the season, with Edwards holding on for second.
Greg Biffle, who came into the third race of the 10-race Chase for the Championship with two consecutive victories, followed the leaders across the finish line to stay close in the points.