The green flag pit stop sequence started and the No. 48 team pitted, knowing they couldn't give up that much time to the leader. As Jimmie Johnson was on pit road, Brad Keselowski spun out of turn four. Johnson's team had a flawless pit stop and came off pit road, seconds in front of leader Jeff Burton. The leaders pitted under the caution and in the end, Johnson was back to first. Though had Johnson not got off pit road just in time, he would've been at the back.
"Fortune came our way," Johnson said. "I'm not going to lie. The fact that we were on pit row gave us track position and I drove my butt off. "
"There's no way of getting around how lucky they are," Kevin Harvick added.
On the restart, Johnson pulled out a good distance, though Harvick and teammate Jeff Burton started wheeling him back in as the final 10 laps started ticking away. Harvick got to Johnson's bumper with three to go, went to the outside of him, though got in the wall wrecking the right front fender. That's all Johnson needed as Johnson cruised to his 48th career victory, fifth at the Auto Club Speedway.
Richard Childress Racing teammates Kevin Harvick and Jeff Burton followed in second and third with Mark Martin forth, Joey Logano fifth and Kurt Busch sixth. Pre-race favourite and last year's race winner Matt Kenseth finished seventh with new crew chief Todd Parrot.
Daytona 500 winner and pole sitter Jamie McMurray finished 17th after an up-and-down day, while his Earnhardt-Ganassi teammate Juan Pablo Montoya, who started second, finished 37th after a blown motor.