After a Saturday night rainout Kentucky Speedway dried up enough to allow Jimmie Johnson to dominate the day on Sunday, but a spin on the next to last restart put Matt Kenseth in position to win for the fourth time this season and for the third time on a mile and a half track. Johnson led 182 of 267 laps, but Kenseth took just gas on his last pit stop gambling on old tires.

The gamble paid off, giving Kenseth his 28th career Cup victory.

Jamie McMurray was gaining ground on Kenseth toward the end but ran out of time. McMurray came in second with Clint Bowyer, Joey Logano and Kyle Busch completing the Top Five.

Johnson’s dominating day ended with a 9th place finish.

Tough day for Denny Hamlin. He blew tires twice. The second one launched his car into the outside wall in a crash similar to the one that put him on the sidelines for four races earlier this year with a back injury. This time he came out ok.

A part of the tire from Hamlin’s car ended the hopes of Dale Earnhardt, Junior. Earnhardt was leading at the time when the front of his car was damaged and the front splitter bent. Earnhardt finished 12th.

Seven cars were involved in a wreck caused by Kurt Busch when he hit a bump near the start/finish line and shot across the track. It took out the cars of Brad Keselowski, Greg Biffle and several others. Keselowski finished 33rd. Biffle was 34th.

So after 17 races, Jimmie Johnson continues to lead the Cup standings 38 points up on Carl Edwards with Clint Bowyer only 41 points back.

Next week it’s a return to Daytona.