|Kyle Busch celebrates his 24th career victory (Courtesy Getty Images)|
On the restart, Jeff Gordon got loose and got into Greg Biffle, and it sent his car into Kurt Busch's car. Gordon was forced to pit with a flat tire. Carl Edwards was able to lead the entire green flag run, until lap 116, when Kurt Busch spun coming out of turn 4. Edwards' pit crew once again got him off of pit road first. On the restart, he was able to pull away from Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch. Tony Stewart had been closing on Carl Edwards for about 20 laps, and finally, on lap 201, Stewart passed Edwards for the lead. The same time that Stewart took the lead from Edwards, green flag pit stops began for most of the field.
|Carl Edwards leads Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch (Courtesy Getty Images)|
Carl Edwards pulled away from the field on the lap 236 restart. Jimmie Johnson tried to fend off Tony Stewart, but to no avail; Stewart quickly got around Johnson and was soon on the back bumper of Carl Edwards. On lap 250, Stewart was able to complete the pass on Edwards, and regained the lead. Edwards quickly fell to fourth, as he was soon passed by Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson. Green flag pit stops soon followed, and most of the leaders came in. Carl Edwards missed pit road, which actually helped him. While Jimmie Johnson was on pit road, Jeff Burton hit the wall on lap 311 to bring out the fourth caution. Carl Edwards made his pit stop, and restarted first.
On the restart, Carl Edwards jumped out into the lead when Tony Stewart spun his tires. But he may have jumped out to the lead a little too soon; Edwards was black-flagged for jumping the restart. He came in to make his pass-through penalty, and Tony Stewart was handed the lead. Kyle Busch tried to catch up to Stewart, but he began to pull away from the 18. Stewart led until lap 386, when the fifth caution came out for debris. The caution allowed Carl Edwards to get the lucky dog.
|Edwards' crew chief, Bob Osborne, talks with a NASCAR official about his penalty (Courtesy Getty Images)|
Dale Earnhardt Jr. came close to winning his first race since 2008, but fell short and finished second. Tony Stewart led 112 laps, but could not get going on the final restart and finished third. Denny Hamlin finished fourth, Kasey Kahne fifth, and Jimmie Johnson sixth. MWR teammates Clint Bowyer and Mark Martin finished seventh and eighth, respectively. Mark Martin will not be in the car next weekend at Talladega, and his next race will be at Darlington for the Bojangles' Southern 500. Brad Keselowski finished ninth, and Carl Edwards came back to round out the top 10. Points leader Greg Biffle finished 18th, while Jeff Gordon finished 23rd after troubles on the first restart.
|Kyle Busch's car is in a cloud of smoke following his post-race burnout (Courtesy Getty Images)|