TALLADEGA, Ala. — Jamie McMurray won at Talladega Superspeedway in a nearly clean race until rookie Austin Dillon lost control on the final lap, allowing the winner to coast across the line under caution.
McMurray won for the first time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series since 2010, not even having to worry about an expected charge from Dale Earnhardt Jr. after Dillon spun coming out of the second turn.
Earnhardt settled for second, followed by Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Paul Menard and Kyle Busch.
Jimmie Johnson steered around trouble and finished 13th, emerging from the race with the lead in the Sprint Cup standings.
The five-time Cup champion passed Matt Kenseth — who finished 20th — for the top spot and has a four-point edge with four races remaining.
Busch and Kevin Harvick are tied for third, 26 points behind Johnson.