Johnson edges towards points lead

Jimmie Johnson celebrates victory

Jimmie Johnson celebrates victory

Jimmie Johnson has increased his chances of winning a sixth consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series crown by taking victory in the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas.

The Hendrick Motorsports driver beat Red Bull Toyota’s Kasey Kahne to win by 0.55s after a Jeff Gordon engine failure saw the race extended by five laps.

Penske Racing’s Brad Keselowski came home third ahead of Roush Racing team-mates Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards.

Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, Greg Biffle, Marcos Ambrose and Mark Martin completed the top 10.

The result sees Johnson, who had won just one of the season’s first 29 races, move from fifth up to third in the points standings.

Just four points separate the top three heading into the final six races, with Edwards having taken the lead from Harvick in Kansas despite falling a lap down early in the race.

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