Somehow, both returned to finish 33rd and 34th respectively.

But at the time of the wreck Johnson had already taken his first lead of the race and appeared headed to a walkover victory before Ratcliff's risk resulted in Kenseth's reward.

"With everything being equal, I still thought we were a second-place car when we were at our best," Kenseth said. "There were times when we ran a little better than (Johnson) but I don't know what he was doing up front, if he was saving fuel or what. We still had an excellent car."