KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) -- That'll teach everyone to count out Jimmie Johnson.
The five-time defending Cup champion dominated Sunday at Kansas Speedway, weathering a series of late cautions and holding off Kasey Kahne to win for the first time since April.
Johnson stumbled through the first two races in NASCAR's version of a postseason, and was 10th in the standings heading to Dover. A second-place finish last weekend gave Johnson confidence, and his first win since Talladega moved him into third in the Chase behind Carl Edwards and Kevin Harvick.
"Jimmie was the car to beat all day," said Brad Keselowski, who finished third.
Jeff Gordon made things interesting when his care blew up with three laps remaining.
Johnson chose not to pit before the green-white-checkered finish, but still managed to drive away from Kahne and Keselowski on worn out tires. Keselowski, who won the Nationwide race Saturday, still moved up to fourth in the Chase with six races left.
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