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"It was a tough day," Biffle said. "We were back and forth all day, and we were off just a bit. When the track had a lot of grip the car was unbelievable."

Kevin Harvick was sixth, followed by Earnhardt and Kahne, giving Hendrick Motorsports at least three cars in the top-10 for the second straight week.

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NASCAR Sprint Cup-STP 400 Results

By The Associated Press

Sunday

At Kansas Speedway

Kansas City, Kan.

Lap length: 1.5 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

1. (4) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 267 laps, 128.6 rating, 47 points.

2. (6) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 267, 142.6, 44.

3. (15) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 267, 121.5, 42.

4. (18) Matt Kenseth, Ford, 267, 110.2, 41.

5. (17) Greg Biffle, Ford, 267, 102.1, 39.

6. (2) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 267, 109, 38.

7. (7) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 267, 108.8, 37.

8. (9) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 267, 101.5, 36.

9. (21) Carl Edwards, Ford, 267, 87.7, 36.

10. (25) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 267, 90.6, 34.

11. (11) Brad Keselowski, Dodge, 267, 90.3, 34.

12. (39) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 267, 83.3, 33.

13. (23) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 267, 78.8, 31.

14. (36) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 266, 73.6, 30.

15. (3) Joey Logano, Toyota, 266, 68.2, 29.

16. (28) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 266, 72.4, 28.

17. (14) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 266, 85.1, 27.

18. (19) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 266, 65.1, 26.

19. (10) Sam Hornish Jr., Dodge, 266, 73, 0.

20. (13) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 265, 76, 24.

21. (20) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 264, 76.5, 23.

22. (12) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 264, 65, 22.

23. (26) Aric Almirola, Ford, 264, 59.8, 21.

24. (29) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 263, 55.5, 20.

25. (35) Travis Kvapil, Toyota, 263, 50.9, 19.

26. (40) Casey Mears, Ford, 263, 43.9, 18.

27. (22) David Gilliland, Ford, 263, 50.5, 17.

28. (42) Reed Sorenson, Ford, 263, 42.1, 0.

29. (16) David Reutimann, Chevrolet, 262, 57.7, 15.

30. (27) David Ragan, Ford, 262, 42.9, 14.

31. (31) J.J. Yeley, Toyota, 261, 33.7, 13.

32. (1) A J Allmendinger, Dodge, 257, 74.8, 13.

33. (5) Mark Martin, Toyota, engine, 255, 84.1, 11.

34. (32) Landon Cassill, Toyota, 214, 42.2, 10.

35. (30) Bobby Labonte, Toyota, engine, 132, 54.9, 9.

36. (8) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, engine, 125, 64.9, 8.

37. (33) Dave Blaney, Chevrolet, vibration, 82, 35.9, 7.

38. (24) David Stremme, Toyota, overheating, 80, 31.2, 6.

39. (38) Josh Wise, Ford, rear gear, 65, 36.4, 5.

40. (37) Michael McDowell, Ford, overheating, 58, 39.1, 4.

41. (41) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, vibration, 47, 27.4, 0.

42. (43) Mike Bliss, Toyota, brakes, 27, 29, 0.

43. (34) Scott Riggs, Chevrolet, rear gear, 18, 29.3, 1.

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Race Statistics

Average Speed of Race Winner: 144.122 mph.

Time of Race: 2 hours, 46 minutes, 44 seconds.

Margin of Victory: 0.700 seconds.

Caution Flags: 3 for 18 laps.

Lead Changes: 14 among 9 drivers.

Lap Leaders: A.Allmendinger 1-44; D.Hamlin 45; C.Edwards 46; M.Truex Jr. 47-91; J.Johnson 92-93; M.Kenseth 94; J.Montoya 95-96; M.Truex Jr. 97-177; M.Kenseth 178; B.Keselowski 179-180; M.Truex Jr. 181-223; J.Montoya 224-225; S.Hornish Jr. 226-232; M.Truex Jr. 233-236; D.Hamlin 237-267.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Led, Laps Led): M.Truex Jr., 4 times for 173 laps; A.Allmendinger, 1 time for 44 laps; D.Hamlin, 2 times for 32 laps; S.Hornish Jr., 1 time for 7 laps; J.Montoya, 2 times for 4 laps; J.Johnson, 1 time for 2 laps; M.Kenseth, 2 times for 2 laps; B.Keselowski, 1 time for 2 laps; C.Edwards, 1 time for 1 lap.

Top 12 in Points: 1. G.Biffle, 312; 2. M.Truex Jr., 297; 3. M.Kenseth, 295; 4. D.Earnhardt Jr., 291; 5. D.Hamlin, 289; 6. K.Harvick, 287; 7. J.Johnson, 275; 8. T.Stewart, 265; 9. C.Edwards, 251; 10. R.Newman, 249; 11. C.Bowyer, 227; 12. J.Logano, 221.

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NASCAR Driver Rating Formula

A maximum of 150 points can be attained in a race.

The formula combines the following categories: Wins, Finishes, Top-15 Finishes, Average Running Position While on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish.

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Jeff Gordon had engine trouble late in the race and finished 21st.

The 14-race drought for Hendrick is its longest since going 15 races without a win during the 2002 and ‘03 seasons. The streak began after Johnson’s win last October at Kansas.

"Everybody here needs a win for one reason or another," Earnhardt said. "We’re all working really hard, but I’m not really focusing on homing in on that too heavily. You’ve got to think about what your car’s doing and what you need to do to help your car.

"Make your car faster, then the wins eventually take care of themselves."

The pressure will continue to mount on the four-car team, though. And when Johnson was asked whether he’ll be relieved when someone gets the win, his reply came through unvarnished: "More than you could ever imagine," he said.




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