Kahne meanwhile had a poor getaway at the restart and ended up dropping to fourth place by the line, splitting the two Busch brothers. But all of them were bush-whacked by the #22 Penske of Joey Logano, who delivered that extra learning that his unfortunate team mate Keselowski had been hoping for after his own premature exit earlier in the evening by finishing in second place.
"The #22 guys did a great job with great pit stops," said Logano. "They got us that last spot before the ten to go and that put us in the second row. That was important.
"I had a good restart, pushed the #5 out there and then the #48 was fast," he explained. "The only shot I had is to get a caution and get our Pennzoil Ford up against him, but that was my only shot to have a restart and have to really pin him or do something to try to win this thing. Unfortunately for Logano the final ten laps were caution-free and he ended up 1.722s behind Johnson when the race finished.
"It was really close. Second is awesome, but then it sucks at the same time because you're like, 'Oh, that was so close,'" Logano admitted. "But the guys did a great job. They made this car continually better all day, got our track position at the end. I just wish we had another caution. We weren't the winning car, but I wish we had another caution to at least give him a run for his money."
Talking of money, Johnson walks away with just over a million dollars for his night's efforts, while Logano earns just under a quarter of that amount with his runners-up spot. Kyle Busch walks away $144k richer with a combination of the two segment finishes plus third place overall, with Kasey Kahne pocketing $114k for his time and effort.
Next week NASCAR is back to normal, and back at Charlotte, for the Coca-Cola 600. One of the longest events on the Sprint Cup calendar, it's held on Memorial Day holiday weekend and is timed to start soon after the climax of the Indianapolis 500.
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