|Stewart takes the checkered flag ahead of Jeff Burton (Courtesy Getty Images)|
When the race finally started, Matt Kenseth led the field to the green flag after winning the pole for the Coke Zero 400. He and his Roush-Fenway teammate Greg Biffle, who started fourth, were quickly able to get hooked up at the front. No one was able to pass the Roush-Fenway duo, and they led until lap 40, when drivers began coming in for green-flag pit stops.
The last cars came in on lap 43, and when the stops cycled around, Martin Truex Jr. and Kasey Kahne found themselves the top two cars. On lap 49, Kenseth pushed Biffle around on the outside to take the lead. While they were pushing, Kenseth's car began to push water, but they were able to get to the front and Kenseth was able to get air to the engine to cool the car down.
On lap 80, Richard Childress Racing teammates Kevin Harvick, Jeff Burton, and Paul Menard came in to make their second round of green-flag pit stops. On lap 81, the night's first caution came out for Sam Hornish Jr., who had a left-rear tire go down. When the tire came apart, it ripped the side of his car off. The field came in to make pit stops, and the stops were not without incident. While Ryan Newman pulled out of his pit, he was clipped by Jeff Gordon, which sent Newman's car across Kasey Kahne's nose, and into Brad Keselowski's car. No pit crew members or NASCAR officials were hurt.
|Ryan Newman sits backwards after getting spun on pit road (Courtesy Getty Images)|
The race restarted on lap 96, and Kenseth led Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch, Biffle, and Edwards. After some slight contact down the backstretch, Kenseth and Biffle once again found themselves in the first two spots. On lap 125, a wreck erupted in the middle of the pack. The wreck destroyed the car of Jimmie Johnson, and also included Jeff Gordon, Regan Smith, Joey Logano, Michael Waltrip, and Bill Elliott.
|Johnson's car makes hard contact with the inside wall (Courtesy Getty Images)|
Tony Stewart led the field back to the green flag on lap 148. With 9 laps to go, Biffle and Kenseth powered up to Stewart and passed him for the lead. Heading into Turn 1, the "Big One" struck. Hamlin tried to power around the 16, but he didn't have enough room, and he spun in front of the field. The wreck collected Hamlin, Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch, Bayne, David Gilliland, Juan Pablo Montoya, Ambrose, Dave Blaney, Clint Bowyer, Martin Truex Jr., Casey Mears, Paul Menard, David Reutimann, and David Ragan.
|The carnage of the "Big One" (Courtesy Getty Images)|
|Biffle and Harvick make contact, which started the massive pile-up at the end (Courtesy Getty Images)|
Next week, the Sprint Cup Series returns to racing on a Sunday afternoon, when the cars hit the track at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the LENOX Industrial Tools 301. The race will be TNT's final race of the season, and can be seen at 12 noon.
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