While Johnson's Chase position is unquestionably secure, the same is far from true for Denny Hamlin who must have all-but given up his title hopes for 2013 after this weekend. Having fought his way back to to the top ten in the final stint, Hamlin ended up dropping to 21st position at the line after needing fuel before the GWC restart.
There was also no fairytale story for Morgan Shepherd, who succeeded in becoming the oldest man to ever start a Cup race a the age of 71 but who was off the pace from the start and finally ordered by race control to come onto pit lane after 69 laps of being unable to make acceptable pace. The Brian Keselowski Racing crew did what they could to find more performance from the #52 car and Shepherd returned for another 30 laps before finally calling it a day, citing vibration issues.
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