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John­son took sec­ond from Ty Dil­lon and closed to 0.310 of a sec­ond with 32 laps to go, but his loose con­di­tion wors­ened and he be­gan fall­ing far­ther back.

Lar­son was in dis­tance of the check­ered flag, but a cau­tion with two laps to go set up an over­time restart with John­son start­ing along­side.

When the green flag dropped, John­son rock­eted ahead of Lar­son, beat­ing the Tar­get driver through turn one to take the lead.

“Ob­vi­ously I didn’t need that last cau­tion,” Lar­son said. “Jim­mie is the best of our time, prob­a­bly best of all time. He just has ob­vi­ously a lot more ex­pe­ri­ence than I do out on the front row late in races, and ex­e­cuted a lot bet­ter than I did.”

Com­ing to the white flag, a nine-car wreck oc­curred be­hind John­son, Lar­son and Truex to bring out the cau­tion. John­son had reached the over­time line be­fore the cau­tion flew, so he was shown the check­ered flag his next time around the track to claim his 11th vic­tory at the Mon­ster Mile.

Truex ral­lied from 15th in the fi­nal 50 laps for third. He con­tin­ues to lead the points over Lar­son by nine.

“Well, for us the end­ing of the race was re­ally all about try­ing to pass cars and get back to the front where we’d been all day long,” he said. “We got caught on that cau­tion there with, I don’t know 60 or so laps to go and we pit­ted. Cau­tion came out, got trapped a lap down, had to do the wave-around and then drive up through the field from the back.

“Def­i­nitely proud of our fin­ish to­day,” he added. “I thought we def­i­nitely had a shot at the win un­til that hap­pened, and af­ter that is was just — we were kind of play­ing catch-up. At a place that’s re­ally dif­fi­cult to pass, we had to come from about 15th to get get third. Def­i­nitely proud of the run, proud of the ef­fort and the car the guys brought here to­day.” Fol­low Caro­line/ Dorch­ester Editor Dustin Holt on Twit­ter @Dustin_S­tarDem.

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