Johnson Holds Off Edwards' Charge to Take Chase Lead
It was probably one of the most spectacular finishes in NASCAR history.
Carl Edwards made a suicide run into the third turn underneath race leader Jimmie Johnson. He was determined to win.
Unfortunately, Edwards ran out of track before running into the wall, struggled to maintain control and watched Johnson go back by him for the victory at Kansas Speedway.
A sellout crowd stood, cheering the last-lap, do-or-die antics of the hard-driving Edwards, even though his banzai run tactics didn't work.
Greg Biffle made a last-lap pass of Jeff Gordon for third position. Matt Kenseth was fifth after a day of struggles, and Kevin Harvick finished sixth. Jeff Burton was seventh, David Ragan eighth, AJ Allmendinger ninth and Elliott Sadler 10th.
Montoya Loses First Career Pole After Failing Inspection
Juan Pablo Montoya was a pleasant surprise atop the speed charts during time trials on Friday for the Camping World RV 400 presented by Coleman. But Montoya's qualifying lap was disallowed after his car failed post-qualifying inspection. The inspection of Montoya's car revealed that the rear shock absorbers on the No. 42 Dodge exceeded the maximum gas pressure allowed by NASCAR, thus wiping out his lap of 31.368 seconds. Montoya will now start 42nd in Sunday's race.
Two-time champion Jimmie Johnson inherited the pole position with a lap of 31.394 seconds, at an average speed of 172.007 mph. This is Johnson's 18th pole in 248 career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races and his fifth pole of 2008. This is his third pole in seven races at Kansas Speedway. Mark Martin will now start from the outside pole, giving him his 11th top-10 start of 2008 and his second in eight races at Kansas Speedway. Matt Kenseth posted his fourth top-10 start at Kansas Speedway after qualifying third. It is his 10th in 29 races this
season. Patrick Carpentier was the fastest qualifying rookie in the 19th position.
NASCAR Newscast: Chase for the Sprint Cup - Week 3 Review
Hear and see the fast and furious fight to the finish between Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards as the two-time, defending champion took the win and the top spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup from the Missouri native at his home track.
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