Jimmie Johnson scores back-to-back wins in Texas

  • Monday 5th November, 2012 10:31am
  • Author: SpeedCafe ©
Johnson Texas win 344x224 Jimmie Johnson scores back to back wins in Texas

Jimmie Johnson’s win in Texas has him closing-in on his sixth title

Jimmie Johnson has backed-up his win last week at Martinsville with a thrilling victory at the AAA Texas 500 at the ultra-fast Texas Motor Speedway.

Johnson pushed past leader, and championship rival, Brad Keselowski on a Green-White-Checkered finish to edge his lead to seven points with two races left to run at Phoenix and Homestead-Miami.

The pair battled throughout the 500 mile race with paint exchanged at times. Sitting in for the ride was Kyle Busch, who also had his chance to take the victory.

With long green flag runs during the race both Johnson and Keselowski enjoyed plenty of time at the front of the field. An economy run to the finish was ended when Australia’s Marcos Ambrose hit the wall after having a tyre go down.

The final round of stops saw Keselowski go to the lead after taking just right-side tyres, as compared to four all-round for both Johnson and Busch.

Keselowski appeared to be in the box seat, but another caution at the end gave Johnson his chance off the final re-start and he took it.

Ambrose ran inside the top-10, but when the sun went down so did the Tasmanian. The accident saw him placed 32nd 25-laps behind.

Despite the result Ambrose was pleased with the weekend with new crew chief Crew Chief Drew Blickensderfer.

“It’s a shame that we didn’t get the end result we deserved, but the early signs are that we are going to be strong,” said Ambrose.

“We’re communicating well, and improving the car with each session.

“Running with those guys in the fight for the Chase is a great feeling, and of lot of that came down to some smart work in the pits.

“We were front runners at Phoenix earlier this year, and we’ll head there next week with an aggressive mindset.”

Unofficial Race Results : AAA Texas 500

FIN

DRIVER

MAKE

SPONSOR

PTS/BNS

LAPS

STATUS

1 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 48/2 335 Running
2 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 43/1 335 Running
3 Kyle Busch Toyota Snickers 42/1 335 Running
4 Matt Kenseth Ford Ford EcoBoost 41/1 335 Running
5 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Mobil 1 39/0 335 Running
6 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-hour Energy 38/0 335 Running
7 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / Diet Mountain Dew 37/0 335 Running
8 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Furniture Row 36/0 335 Running
9 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Rheem / Budweiser 35/0 335 Running
10 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 34/0 335 Running
11 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot / redbeacon.com 33/0 335 Running
12 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Quicken Loans 33/1 335 Running
13 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota Carlyle Tools by NAPA 31/0 335 Running
14 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger 30/0 335 Running
15 Aric Almirola Ford Farmland 29/0 335 Running
16 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 28/0 335 Running
17 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 0 335 Running
18 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet McDonald’s 26/0 335 Running
19 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 25/0 335 Running
20 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Office 24/0 335 Running
21 Casey Mears Ford GEICO 23/0 335 Running
22 Trevor Bayne Ford Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center 0 335 Running
23 Travis Kvapil Toyota Dr Pepper 22/1 335 Running
24 Danica Patrick Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 0 335 Running
25 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet HendrickCars.com / Great Clips 19/0 335 Running
26 Landon Cassill Toyota Burger King 18/0 333 Running
27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Quaker State / Menards 17/0 332 Running
28 David Ragan Ford CertainTeed / 31-W Insulation 16/0 331 Running
29 Mark Martin Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 15/0 329 Running
30 Scott Speed Ford B&D Electrical / TWD 14/0 328 Running
31 Ken Schrader Ford Federated Auto Parts 13/0 328 Running
32 Marcos Ambrose Ford Mac Tools 12/0 310 Running
33 Bobby Labonte Toyota Wounded Warrior Project 11/0 284 Running
34 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Huggies 10/0 279 Running
35 David Gilliland Ford Long John Silver’s 9/0 225 Out of Race
36 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet Phoenix Construction 8/0 107 Running
37 Josh Wise * Ford MDS Transport 7/0 41 In Pit
38 Michael McDowell Ford Phil Parsons Racing 6/0 37 In Pit
39 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing 5/0 37 In Pit
40 Joe Nemechek Toyota AM / FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves 0 33 In Pit
41 Mike Bliss Toyota Plinker Tactical / MCM Elegante 0 32 In Pit
42 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet MaxQworkforce.com 2/0 10 In Pit
43 Reed Sorenson Toyota Plinker Tactical / MCM Elegante 0 6 Out of Race

* Denotes Rookie

 

Unofficial Driver Standings:  Race 34 of 36

RANK

+/-

DRIVER

POINTS

BEHIND

STARTS

POLES

WINS

TOP 5

TOP 10

1 Jimmie Johnson 2339 Leader 34 4 5 18 24
2 Brad Keselowski 2332 -7 34 0 5 13 22
3 Clint Bowyer 2303 -36 34 0 3 9 22
4 Kasey Kahne 2281 -58 34 4 2 11 18
5 +3 Matt Kenseth 2267 -72 34 1 3 13 19
6 Jeff Gordon 2267 -72 34 2 1 10 17
7 -2 Denny Hamlin 2266 -73 34 3 5 13 16
8 +2 Tony Stewart 2259 -80 34 1 3 12 16
9 -2 Martin Truex Jr. 2259 -80 34 1 0 7 18
10 -1 Greg Biffle 2256 -83 34 3 2 11 19
11 Kevin Harvick 2238 -101 34 0 0 4 12
12 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2188 -151 32 1 1 10 19
13 Kyle Busch 1048 -1291 34 1 1 11 18
14 +1 Ryan Newman 969 -1370 34 0 1 4 12
15 -1 Carl Edwards 965 -1374 34 1 0 3 13
16 Paul Menard 938 -1401 34 0 0 1 8
17 Joey Logano 918 -1421 34 1 1 2 12
18 Marcos Ambrose 892 -1447 34 2 1 3 8

 

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