“I'm not exactly sure what happened on that last restart. I got an OK restart. Spun the tires a little bit, got going. I looked at my mirror, (and the) 17 (Kenseth) was pretty far behind me. … Next thing I know, I got nailed. I don't know who got into me. I thought it was the 17. If it wasn't, I apologize to him. I made sure he didn't win the race down the straightaway.”
In fact, after Kenseth bumped Gordon's Chevrolet in the corner, Gordon rubbed Kenseth's Ford down the backstretch and sent him high into Turn 3. Kenseth finished 18th after most of the lead-lap cars streamed past him.
Notes: Kevin Harvick finished 35th, thanks to a broken brake caliper, and fell from first to fourth in the Cup standings, 61 points behind Johnson. Roush Fenway Racing teammates Greg Biffle and Kenseth are second and third, 14 and 16 points behind Johnson, respectively. … Biffle finished 10th, his second top 10 in 15 starts at Martinsville. … Johnson, who had won five of the previous seven races at the track, failed to lead a lap, breaking a streak of eight straight races in which he had run up front. … Brain Vickers finished sixth, his best result this year and moved into 12th in the Cup standings.