SPARTA, Ky. —
A hard wreck later sent Hamlin to the infield care center and left him 35th.
“I had to take a moment when I got out of the car to kind of gather my thoughts because obviously I didn’t feel that great,” Hamlin said.
The biggest incident came on lap 49 when Kurt Busch spun out Keselowski near turn 1, triggering an accident that red-flagged the race. Greg Biffle slammed into Keselowski, lifting his car off the asphalt and leaving both Fords mangled.
Somehow, both returned to finish 33rd and 34th respectively.
But at the time of the wreck Johnson had already taken his first lead of the race and appeared headed to a walkover victory before Ratcliff’s risk resulted in Kenseth’s reward.