It was a night that earlier on belonged to Jamie McMurray and Jimmie Johnson, but late in the race it was a surprise winner who took home the checkered flag in the Lifelock.com 400 at the Chicagoland Speedway.

 

McMurray put his No. 1 McDonald's Chevrolet on the pole for the race during time trials on Friday, but Johnson took the lead going into the second lap of the race. While a couple of debris cautions bunched up the field early, Johnson was able to drive away once the field went back to green. He didn't give up the lead until pit stops around lap 100.

 

The defending series champ led 92 laps of the LifeLock.com 400, and avoided disaster after missing pit road during green flag pit stops around lap 100. But on lap 137 while racing Martin Truex, Jr. JJ was sent spinning into the grass, bringing out the third caution of the race and restarted 24th.

 

Johnson was rebounding well, even making his way back up into the top 15, but had to make a green flag pit stop on lap 174 after making contact with the wall. He would fall two laps down, and despite gaining both back he ended the night 25th and remains third in points.

 

McMurray's hold on the lead was ended when Jeff Gordon passed him on lap 166. Fourteen laps later, the fourth caution of the night came out when Bill Elliott spun and Robby Gordon t-boned him. Both drivers were able to walk away, and Gordon was able to drive away from the field when they field took the green on lap 189.

 

On lap 203, Reutimann began racing then leader Gordon side by side, eventually passing the former four time champ on lap 213. After a set of green flag pit stops the Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota was out front again, and while Carl Edwards battled Gordon for the runner up spot, Reutimann was able to pull away and get his second Sprint Cup Series victory.

 

It was probably the lamest burnout I’ve ever seen at this race track, I was tearing up pretty bad. I have to thank all my guys, they did a great job. There was no rain tonight. We earned this one, nobody gave it to us and that feels really good.”

 

Reutimann is now just under 100 points out of Chase contention, jumping two spots with his victory to 15th. Making up the remainder of the top five were Edwards, Gordon, Clint Bowyer and polesitter Jamie McMurray. Kasey Kahne finished sixth, followed by Jeff Burton, Denny Hamlin, Tony Stewart and Paul Menard.

 

"Second is bittersweet," second place Edwards said. "You want to win, but we're obviously very happy with the result. If we run that well every week, we'll win plenty of races.”

 

With his fourth place finish, Clint Bowyer moves back into Chase contention, while Dale Earnhardt, Jr.'s 25th place finish saw him fall to 13th in points, 15 points behind Bowyer.

 

David Ragan had a solid night in Chicago, coming home 12th for his fourth top 15 of the season, including a top ten at Talladega. Regan Smith also go his fifth top 20 of the season with his 20th place finish.

 

It was a rough night from the start for points leader Kevin Harvick, who battled a very loose No. 29 Shell/Pennzoil Chevrolet. Harvick would go down multiple laps to the leader and, on lap 181 he came down pit road after telling the crew the fuel pressure gage was “all over the place.” He would go behind the walls for repairs, eventually returning to the track and finishing 34th, 16 laps down.

 

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads into an off weekend and then, on July 25 they roll into the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Brickyard 400. Coverage begins at one PM Eastern time on ESPN.

Thanks to Racing Reference, NASCAR.com, Speedway Media, and NASCAR on TNT for the information, statistics and quotes used in this piece.