CONCORD, N.C. (AP) _ Jeff Burton gambled on his final pit stop and was rewarded with a victory that pushed him into title contention.
Burton led heading into the final round of pit stops Saturday night, then took gas only to ensure he'd come out in front at Lowe's Motor Speedway. He staved off a brief challenge from points leader Jimmie Johnson when the race resumed with 34 laps to go, but held on to snap a 25-race winless streak.
The victory, his second of the season, pushed Burton from fourth to second in the Chase for the championship standings with five races to go to decide the title.
Carl Edwards, who entered the race second in the standings, lost power in his Ford early and finished 33rd to likely lose his shot at his first Sprint Cup title.