FORT WORTH, Texas -- Joey Logano had the lead and was within a half-lap of taking the white flag Monday at Texas Motor Speedway.
The late caution and extra laps? They just made his victory in the rain-delayed Sprint Cup race that much more exciting.
With a last-lap pass of Jeff Gordon in NASCAR's version of overtime, Logano became the seventh different winner in seven races this season, with new rules for the championship Chase putting an increased emphasis on winning.
Logano had a 2.2-second lead on teammate Brad Keselowski while closing on in the white flag that would have guaranteed no extra laps. Then came out the caution for debris on the track after Kurt Busch went into the wall.
"My heart dropped," Logano said.
"When you've got like 40-something laps after the last pit stop and a pretty sizable lead, all you're thinking is where's the white flag, where's the white flag," he said. "Then you go into Turn 1, and you see the 41 (Busch's car) up against the wall, please, no caution. ... You get so mad that you can barely control yourself."
On the ensuing pit stop, Gordon took only two tires and exited first. Both Team Penske drivers took four tires, but Keselowski missed a chance to become the season's first two-time winner when he was penalized for speeding on pit road and finished 15th.
Gordon finished second and took over the points lead. Kyle Busch was third, followed by Brian Vickers and rookie Kyle Larson.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished last after a fiery crash on lap 13.