Johnson blamed a right rear flat tire for sparking the accidents.
"I shouldn't feel bad about that, but not much you can do with a right-rear flat," he said.
Then the downpour came. The scheduled 400-mile race had already been postponed about two hours because of rain.
"For all the things that have gone wrong for us this year, I still can't believe what just happened," Gordon said. "But, I think this is the one that makes up for all the ones that have gotten away. I'm just so proud of this team."
While Kahne and Gordon had a great race for Hendrick, Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. had one to forget.
Earnhardt was lucky to maintain his overall points lead after he was forced to the garage on lap 51 because of a busted transmission. He later returned to the track and finished 32nd.
It almost didn't matter.
Rain or shine, the race belonged to Gordon.
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