NASCAR At Kansas: Jimmie Johnson Dominates For His First Win Since April

Jimmie Johnson picked up his first win since April, ending a career-high 21-race winless streak. Carl Edwards, meanwhile, rebounded from a terrible day to finish fifth and take the Sprint Cup point lead by a single marker over Kevin Harvick

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NASCAR At Kansas Results: Jimmie Johnson Dominates Hollywood Casino 400

The longest winless drought of Jimmie Johnson's career is over. The five-time Sprint Cup champion manhandled the field throughout the day and held off Kasey Kahne over a green-white checker to score his first victory since Talladega in April.

Kahne took second, over Brad Keselowski, Matt Kenseth, and Carl Edwards who suffered through a miserable day before surging late. Kevin Harvick finished sixth, followed by Clint Bowyer, polesitter Greg Biffle, Marcos Ambrose, and Mark Martin.

Johnson had the race well in hand before teammate Jeff Gordon's engine grenaded with only three laps remaining. The motor failure likely ends Gordon's bid for his fifth Sprint Cup title, while Tony Stewart had his second bad finish in a row. This time, he finished 15th after running in the top-five nearly the entire event. A late pit stop dropped Stewart to ninth, while he pitted again under the caution for Gordon's engine failure and slid through his pit stall.

It had been 21 races since Johnson won by inches over Clint Bowyer at Talladega. Until Gordon's engine failure, his victory was in little if any doubt throughout the day as he led 197 laps.

Edwards' rebound was enough to give him the point lead by just one marker over Harvick, with whom he entered the race tied for the lead.

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NASCAR At Kansas Update: Jimmie Johnson Still Dominating Dull Race

Kansas Speedway races have never set the world on fire in terms of on-track excitement. Occasional thrilling late race duels have taken place, but in general, races aren't exciting and today's Hollywood Casino 400 has followed that pattern.

Jimmie Johnson has been on a Sunday drive as he seeks his second win of the season and his second victory at the 1.5-mile oval. With just under 80 laps remaining, he leads Tony Stewart, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, and Jeff Gordon. The top-10 is filled out by Matt Kenseth, Clint Bowyer, Mark Martin, Greg Biffle, and Kasey Kahne.

Carl Edwards' day-long struggle has finally dropped him off the lead lap. He runs 17th, a lap down and ahead of only Ryan Newman (25th) among Chase contending drivers. Kevin Harvick, who entered the day tied with Edwards for the championship lead, runs only 15th. Kurt Busch is shown in 14th place, while Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Denny Hamlin hold the 11th and 12th positions.

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NASCAR At Kansas Update: Jimmie Johnson Looking Dominant Early On

The Hollywood Casino 400 is barely 100 laps old, but Jimmie Johnson is looking like the clear driver to beat.

The five-time defending series champion and 2008 Kansas victor has dominated since taking the lead with a two-tire pit stop after the first caution flag at lap 21. He was finally overhauled by Roush-Fenway teammates Greg Biffle and Matt Kenseth - both of whom took four tires on that stop - at the end of the run, but chased down and passed Biffle shortly after putting four tires on.

Johnson currently shows the way after 101 circuits with 39 laps led. Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Kyle Busch - who led briefly after attempting the two-tire strategy on his most recent stop before giving way to Johnson - and Kenseth round out the top-five.

Carl Edwards' race-long struggle continues, as he is shown in the 20th position. After starting second and given his success on 1.5-mile race tracks in his career, Edwards was considered an pre-race favorite to win and take the point lead outright after entering the day tied with Kevin Harvick atop the standings. Harvick, meanwhile, is shown in 13th position.

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NASCAR at Kansas: Greg Biffle Leads As Chasers Surge, Drop Early

Greg Biffle started from the pole for today's Hollywood Casino 400, and he has led the opening laps of the today's 400-miler at the Kansas Speedway relatively uncontested. Chase contenders Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth run second and third, followed by Kasey Kahne and Martin Truex Jr. The top-10 is rounded out by Jeff Gordon, Paul Menard, Brad Keselowski, Jimmie Johnson, and Denny Hamlin.

After starting outside the front row, Carl Edwards stropped like a rock in the opening circuits. His drop through the field included a close call as his Ford jumped sideways exiting the fourth turn underneath Truex's Toyota. The Missouri native is currently shown in 12th position at the track at which he has said a Sprint Cup victory would be on par with a Daytona 500 triumph.

Johnson and Tony Stewart are among the Chasers on the move. Johnson started 19th but quickly made his way into the top-10, while Stewart has steadily climbed from his 23rd-place starting spot to move into 13th.

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NASCAR At Kansas: Gambling Likely In Hollywood Casino 400

The Hollywood Casino 400 can be seen at 2 p.m. Eastern on ESPN, following the network's one-hour pre-race show. Greg Biffle is the defending race champion.

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