It was also a thankless day for Kevin Harvick who forlornly tweeted after the race "I don't even need to say anything...looking forward to a week off to regroup and take a break from the world..." Harvick finished in 21st place and drops to fourth place in the Cup points, while Carl Edwards regains the lead despite only finishing in 13th place.
Jimmie Johnson did the best of the top Chase contenders with fifth place despite hitting the wall and also picking up a penalty for a missing lugnut following late pit stops. Jeff Gordon also staged a remarkable comeback after suffering battery problems mid-race and going a lap off the lead to have it replaced, but who bounced back impressively to fourth before a late blown tyre demoted him back down to eleventh in the final results.
The race saw ten cautions in all, with spins for Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, Mark Martin and Brian Vickers, and four cautions for debris, although the last 60 laps went caution-free just as many teams were relying on yellow flags to make their fuel stretch to the end.
Full race results
Full Sprint Cup points standings