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TALLADEGA, Ala. Dick Butkus Jersey . -- Everyone expects the big one to happen at Talladega Superspeedway. For some reason, it never occurred Sunday. Oh sure, there was a wreck on the final lap, which allowed Jamie McMurray to coast to the victory under caution. But by the standards of this place, it was about as clean as can be. "Once you get toward the end, it usually gets more intense and everybody starts taking bigger risks," McMurray said. "I was listening to my spotter and he would say, A line is forming, but its not very organized and theyre not making up any ground. Im really surprised they couldnt put something together to make more of a run. Im shocked by that, actually. I thought guys would take bigger chances at the end." McMurray won for the first time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series since 2010, snapping a 108-race winless streak, and didnt even have to worry about a planned last-lap charge from Dale Earnhardt Jr. after Dillon spun coming out of the second turn. The only other driver collected in the crash was Casey Mears, who slammed into Dillons car and sent it flying into the air before it came back down upright. Everyone was OK. "I was trying to go for the win there," said Dillon, who was filling in for injured Tony Stewart in the No. 14 car and competing in just his 12th Sprint Cup race. "A wild ride. I just have to thank NASCAR for everything they have done for safety. That hit was fine. I got to drive the car back" to the garage, though he settled for 26th after going to the final lap in third. A race known for massive crashes was essentially trouble free. There was a minor wreck early on when Marcos Ambrose got loose in front of the main grandstand and took out Juan Pablo Montoya, and 103 consecutive laps under green until the yellow and checkered flags waved together at the end. Earnhardt settled for second, followed by Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Paul Menard and Kyle Busch. "For some reason," Earnhardt said, "it was a lot calmer the last few laps." Jimmie Johnson steered around trouble and finished 13th, emerging from the race with the lead in the Sprint Cup standings. The five-time Cup champion passed Matt Kenseth for the top spot and has a four-point edge with four races remaining. Kenseth finished 20th. Busch and Kevin Harvick are tied for third, 26 points behind Johnson, with Jeff Gordon -- who had hoped Talladegas unpredictable nature might help him make a big push -- made up only two points and is 34 off the lead. "Thirteenth isnt the best finish," Johnson said, "but with what we are trying to do and win a championship, we beat the competition today. That is good." After running strong early in the 188-lap race, Kenseth dealt with an ill-handling car and lost several spots when he attempted to make a move late in the race. "It was really bizarre. Typically handling is a non-issue here," Kenseth said. "We finally got it fixed that last run, but we only had 20 laps to get back up there. I really needed to be up there like we were early and feeling I was controlling the race more." McMurray, who isnt part of the Chase, won for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing and took a phone call in victory lane from car owner Chip Ganassi, still in California celebrating Scott Dixons championship in the IndyCar series the previous night. Earnhardt, a huge fan favourite at Talladega, had hoped to make his move going down the back straightaway on the final lap. He never got the chance. "I guess if were in that situation next time," Earnhardt said with a shrug, "well try to go a lap sooner." Johnson wound up leading 47 laps, Earnhardt 38 and Kenseth 32. McMurray led only one lap until he got to the front with 15 to go. He held that spot the rest of the way, showing again his knack for restrictor-plate racing. He has won twice each at Daytona and Talladega, accounting for more than half of his seven career victories. Three drivers -- Johnson, Earnhardt and Kenseth -- dominated the race until McMurray claimed the top spot after the final round of pit stops began with 25 laps to go. The typical Talladega pack -- 25 cars running within 3 seconds of each other -- formed at the front and began plotting ways to make a move without causing the massive wreck that always seems to occur at the 2.66-mile trioval. There was a bit of two- and three-wide jockeying before the leaders lined up single file, settling in for what turned out to be a relatively comfortable ride to the finish for McMurray. Even if the caution had not come out, Earnhardt wasnt sure if he had enough momentum to pass the leader. "I didnt have the greatest run," he said. "I wish I was in front." Gale Sayers Jersey . 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His comeback from that was thwarted by the troublesome hip that had bothered him for some time before he had a resurfacing procedure in August 2013 that was just short of a full hip replacement.I just feel like its back to normal. Theres no pain, theres no consciously thinking about it, Lewis said. It kind of came together in the second half. ... I was able to go deeper in ball games, and a lot more quality starts. Thats all I want to do this next year.His return gives the Rangers three expected starters, with Lewis joining Japanese ace Yu Darvish and left-hander Derek Holland.With baseballs winter meetings upcoming next week, general manager Jon Daniels would like to add another proven starter, through free agency or a trade. The fifth spot will be left open for competition among several young pitchers in the system, some who have already made a number of starts for the Rangers.Lewis was 10-14 with a 5.18 ERA in 29 starts last season, but had a 3.86 ERA with two complete games while averaging 6 2-3 innings his last 13 starts after the All-Star break last summer.You saw what he did in the second half, pretty consistent to what hes alwaays done when hes been here, Daniels said. Josh Sitton Jersey. Lewis was a first-round supplemental choice of the Rangers during the 1999 draft and made his big league debut in 2002. He pitched for Detroit and Oakland and spent two years in Japan before returning to Texas in 2010. He posted a 3.72 ERA in 32 regular-season starts in his return, and won Game 6 of the AL championship game against the New York Yankees that sent Texas to the first of consecutive World Series. Lewis is 4-1 with a 2.34 ERA in eight post-season starts.I feel like Ive always been a Ranger, even though Ive bounced around a little bit, Lewis said. This is home.Notes: New manager Jeff Banister had his first meeting with Darvish and watched him work out Thursday. Got to see some athleticism in a man that got after it pretty good, Banister said. Darvish missed the last seven weeks of the season with inflammation in his right elbow. Darvish had an MRI and an exam by team physician Dr. Keith Meister last week. ... Slugger Prince Fielder played in only 42 games, and none after May 16, in his first season with Texas before a cervical fusion of two disks in his neck. Fielder is now working out five days a week in Orlando. Its a full workout, its not a rehab program, Daniels said. Fielder is expected to arrive at spring training in February with no limitations. .... LHP Michael Kirkman has signed a minor league contract that includes an invitation to major league spring training. 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