Johnson stays on track during late caution, wins at Kansas

May 10, 2015 2:13 AM by Ross Field

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - Jimmie Johnson stayed on the track during a late caution to take over the lead, then held off hard-charging Kevin Harvick to win the rain-delayed Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway.

Johnson was chased across the line by Harvick and Hendrick Motorsports teammates Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon as the clock ticked past midnight into Sunday.

Most of the leaders were conserving fuel after pitting with 58 laps to go, and Johnson decided to press his luck when Ricky Stenhouse Jr. got into the wall, bringing out the final caution with 12 laps left. He remained on the track while Harvick went in for right-side tires and fuel, and Martin Truex Jr. also got a splash of gas.

The gamble ultimately paid off.

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