Jimmie Johnson came home in in the #48 in third place almost nine seconds back down the road, followed by Clint Bowyer, Sam Hornish Jr. and Greg Biffle.
"I'm glad we got back to the finish line, finished third very solid day for this Lowe's team. I just can't thank everybody at Hendrick Motorsports enough for their hard work," said Johnson. "The first segment we were pretty far off. We came in on our first stop and made some adjustments and really got the car back in the condition I needed it in. Ran kind of third all day so real happy to finish where we did."
"What a wild last couple of laps," said Bowyer. "It kind of reminded me of the old motocross days when you had to go to the outside, inside and find some traction because the groove certainly didn't have any traction. Pretty wild. Sam and I had a heck of a race there then the #48 slipped up on the last corner and I thought I was going to hit him. Pretty intense last couple laps.
"I thought that we had a great car, great strategy and it all worked out today," said Hornish. "We had to come a long way from the back to start the race but I knew that the car was fast enough to make my way up through the pack. I just had to be patient and not wear the car out before the end of the race."
"It was a pretty good day," said Biffle. "It's unfortunate that I got in that oil. I had a fourth-place finish locked up because I almost wrecked and lost those spots. There for a while we were gaining on the #9 a little bit, but we were just off a little bit today."
Kyle Busch ended up classified in seventh place: by no means a complete disaster, but at the same time very far from the win he desperately needs to have a chance of making it into the Chase via a wild card.
Perhaps learning from the experiences of his older sibling about the perils of talking to the press while fuming, he simply said "I"ve got nothing good to say" and headed for his trailer, leaving others to do the talking.
“It was just a wild set of circumstances,” said Joe Gibbs, owner of the #18 car. "It just makes everybody sick. I don't think there's much you can say about it. It was an unbelievable set of circumstances is the way I would put it."
Another driver almost as unhappy as Busch was Jeff Gordon, who also spun on the oil on the final lap and felt that it was outrageous that there were no warning flags or even a caution from NASCAR.
"Oil all over the race track, it's pretty ridiculous they don't want to end a race under caution and put that many cars in jeopardy - I had no idea that there was oil out there," said Gordon, who was into the top ten by the time he hit problems on the last lap. "I went to the outside and hit it [oil] and just spun right out. I'm just really disappointed because we fought hard today to come back to get what was going to be a pretty nice finish."