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McMurray wins at Talladega, Johnson takes over points lead

12:51 AM, Oct 21, 2013   |    comments
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Talladega, AL (SportsNetwork.com) - Jamie McMurray ended a three-year winless streak in the Sprint Cup Series after holding off Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the closing laps of Sunday's Camping World RV Sales 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.

In a relatively clean 500-mile race at Talladega, the field ran in single-file for the final 10 laps. Earnhardt was setting up to pass McMurray on the last lap around this 2.66-mile superspeedway before Austin Dillon and Casey Mears wrecked on the backstretch, ending the race under caution.

Dillon, who was substituting for the injured Tony Stewart in this race, ran in third before he lost control and spun out. Mears then hit him from behind. Dillon went airborne and flipped around after he ricocheted off of the wall. There were no injuries. This race featured no major crashes, unlike recent events held here. Marcos Ambrose and Juan Pablo Montoya, who is McMurray's teammate at Earnhardt Ganassi Racing, were involved in a wreck just before the halfway point.

McMurray claimed his seventh career Sprint Cup victory but his first since October 2010 at Charlotte, ending his 108-race winless drought. He won at Talladega in the fall of 2009.

Earnhardt finished second, while Ricky Stenhouse Jr. scored his best finish during his rookie season with a third-place run. Paul Menard and Kyle Busch rounded out the top-five.

Jimmie Johnson's 13th-place finish coupled with a 20th-place run for Matt Kenseth allowed Johnson to grab a four-point lead over Kenseth. There are four races remaining. The series heads to Martinsville next weekend. Johnson won there in the spring.

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