The first yellow of the Geico 400 is out after 65 laps for debris on the race track. The caution erases Jimmie Johnson's lead over Kasey Kahne, with Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, and Denny Hamlin rounding out the top-five. Johnson has dominated the race, leading 59 laps early on after starting on the pole.
Kyle Busch ran sixth, ahead of Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth, and the Michael Waltrip Racing teammates Mark Martin and Clint Bowyer. Seven of the top-10 drivers were Chasers.
Under the first cycle of green flag pit stops, early contender Aric Almirola - who led the opening three laps of the race after starting second - was penalized for having an out of control tire. NASCAR reviewed the incident further and has given Almirola his lap back under this yellow flag, though he remains at the rear of the lead lap rather than moving back into the top-five as he ran early in the race.