Brad Keselowski chased down Kasey Kahne in the closing laps to win Saturday night at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.
The defending Sprint Cup Series champion, who failed to qualify for the Chase this year, won for the first time since Sept. 30, 2012, at Dover by passing Kahne with nine laps to go in his Penske Racing Ford.
"I didn't qualify well. But I kept working my way forward," said Keselowski, who started 23rd.
With 27 laps left, Jimmie Johnson led. But a debris caution sent the leaders to pit road. Johnson came out in third but had a bad re-start and fell to seventh.
"There was a caution that shook things up," Johnson shrugged.
Kahne placed second, followed by Matt Kenseth and Johnson at the 1.5-mile oval. Kenseth takes a four-point lead over Johnson into next week's race at Talladega.
Derrick Rose missed the first NBA game played in South America, sitting out Chicago's 83-81 win over Washington in Rio de Janeiro with soreness in his surgically repaired left knee. His absence disappointed the HSBC Arena sellout crowd of 13,635 that chanted his name. The top ticket sold for $915.
Rose played two preseason games without problems, but coach Tom Thibodeau said the knee flared up in practice Friday.
"He wasn't as well as we would've liked," Thibodeau said. Rose hoped to be ready for the Bulls' home game Wednesday against Detroit. "I should be ready," he said.
Rafael Nadal lost his first match since reclaiming the No. 1 ranking last week, falling to Juan Martin del Potro 6-2, 6-4 at the Shanghai Masters. Defending champion Novak Djokovic beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-2, 7-5 in the other semifinal. The fifth-ranked del Potro hadn't beaten Nadal since the semifinals of the 2009 U.S. Open where the Argentine went on to win his only Grand Slam title.
Scott Jamieson shot an 11-under 60 to pull within two strokes of leader Paul Waring after the third round of the Portugal Masters in Vilamoura. The 18th player to shoot 60 on the European Tour, Jamieson settled for par on 18 when his 15-foot birdie chip grazed the edge of the cup. Waring (67) was at 16-under 197. Jamieson was 14 under along with Simon Thornton, Jamie Donaldson and Hennie Otto.
Timothy Bradley did just enough to win once again, beating Juan Manuel Marquez by split decision in Las Vegas to keep his piece of the world welterweight title. Bradley thwarted Marquez's attempt to win his fifth world title by coming on in the second half of the 12-round bout.
It was the third straight close decision win for Bradley (31-0). He rocked Marquez (55-7-1) with a left hook in the final seconds of the final round, the biggest punch of the fight between the last two boxers to defeat Manny Pacquiao.
Gay boxer Orlando Cruz lost his bid for a piece of the featherweight title, getting stopped in the seventh round by Orlando Salido.