Jimmie Johnson spoiled a dominant afternoon for Brad Keselowski with a pass in the closing laps to capture the checkered flag in Sunday afternoon's AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.
Johnson led just six laps on the afternoon, but they were the only ones that mattered. He outdueled Keselowski over the final 10 laps, passing him with six to go to earn his sixth trip to Victory Lane at the 1.5-mile track.
Keselowski, who dominated the field, leading 312 of 334 laps, finished second in a race that he needed to win and seemed to have in the bag. The 2 car sat far back in the Chase standings heading into the weekend after a late-race wreck last Sunday at Martinsville, and it will likely need a win at Phoenix to advance.
Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards rounded out the top-five finishers.
The Eliminator Round of the 2015 Chase for the Sprint Cup concludes next Sunday with the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. The seven remaining Chase drivers will be looking to punch their ticket and join Jeff Gordon in the Championship Round at Homestead the following week.