Johnson leaves it late to win in Texas

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Monday 9th November, 2015 - 10:53am

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Johnson took his first win in 20 races

Johnson took his first win in 20 races

Jimmie Johnson has swept by Brad Keselowski with four laps to run to win the AAA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

As good as it was for Johnson, it was heartbreak for Keselowski who went from a sure place in the final four drivers contesting for the Sprint Cup at Homestead-Miami Speedway, to having to win next week at Phoenix.

Starting off pole, Keselowski led a total of 312 laps and looked set for victory before a caution period with 18 laps to run. On the re-start he first of all held off a determined Martin Truex Jr. before Johnson pushed over the next 10 laps.

Johnson’s pressure finally coming through as he got around the Penske Ford and drove away. It broke a 20 race winless streak for Johnson.

“Man you get so caught up in the moment racing with guys, and I want to race guys clean,” said Johnson.

“I just kept working on him and working on him. I could see that his car was not ideal and he got real loose and I got the run through and took the lead.

“It’s nice to get this #48 back into Victory Lane.”

It was tough result Keselowski and also Penske team-mate Joey Logano, who on just the second lap had a left rear tyre let go. The rear of the car sustained serious damage and he had to go to the garage area for extensive repairs.

Tyres were a major talking point with a number of drivers having repeat issues. Both Kyle Bush and Kevin Harvick, had multiple tyres failures. Both said to be after running over debris. Harvick’s tough day also included a gear shifter, which kept jumping out. He drove the second half of the race with his hand on the shifter through at least the corners.

Next week’s race at Phoenix will set the final four drivers for the title decider. With Jimmie Johnson already eliminated, Jeff Gordon is the only driver assured of a place in the final four after winning last weekend at Martinsville.

VIDEO: Race re-cap

RESULTS: AAA Texas 500 – Texas Motor Speedway

POS. CAR # DRIVER MAKE START LAPS LAPS LED FINAL STATUS POINTS BONUS POINTS
1 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 8 334 6 Running 47 4
2 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 1 334 312 Running 44 2
3 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 2 334 11 Running 42 1
4 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 3 334 1 Running 41 1
5 19 Carl Edwards Toyota 13 334 0 Running 39 0
6 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 10 334 0 Running 38 0
7 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 7 334 0 Running 37 0
8 78 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet 23 334 1 Running 37 1
9 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 18 334 0 Running 35 0
10 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 27 334 0 Running 34 0
11 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 26 334 0 Running 33 0
12 20 Erik Jones Toyota 6 334 0 Running 0 0
13 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 20 334 0 Running 31 0
14 33 Brian Scott Chevrolet 21 334 0 Running 0 0
15 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 14 334 0 Running 29 0
16 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 11 334 0 Running 28 0
17 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 30 334 0 Running 27 0
18 43 Aric Almirola Ford 24 334 0 Running 26 0
19 16 Greg Biffle Ford 12 333 0 Running 25 0
20 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 16 333 0 Running 24 0
21 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 28 333 0 Running 23 0
22 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 19 333 0 Running 22 0
23 55 David Ragan Toyota 15 333 0 Running 21 0
24 9 Sam Hornish Jr Ford 32 332 0 Running 20 0
25 40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 36 331 0 Running 0 0
26 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet 17 330 0 Running 18 0
27 35 Cole Whitt Ford 39 330 0 Running 17 0
28 51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 43 330 0 Running 16 0
29 38 David Gilliland Ford 41 329 1 Running 16 1
30 34 Brett Moffitt Ford 35 329 0 Running 14 0
31 46 Michael Annett Chevrolet 37 329 0 Running 13 0
32 23 Jeb Burton Toyota 40 329 0 Running 12 0
33 26 J.J. Yeley Toyota 34 329 1 Running 0 0
34 95 Michael McDowell Ford 33 328 0 Running 10 0
35 83 Matt DiBenedetto Toyota 38 328 1 Running 10 1
36 98 Ryan Preece Chevrolet 42 326 0 Running 8 0
37 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 5 304 0 Accident 7 0
38 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 9 304 0 Running 6 0
39 6 Trevor Bayne Ford 29 296 0 Running 5 0
40 22 Joey Logano Ford 4 268 0 Running 4 0
41 7 Alex Bowman Chevrolet 31 236 0 Engine 3 0
42 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 22 52 0 Accident 2 0
43 21 Ryan Blaney Ford 25 26 0 Accident 0 0

 

STANDINGS

POS DRIVER POINTS BEHIND STARTS WINS TOP 5 TOP 10 DNF
1 Jeff Gordon 4082 Leader 34 1 5 19 1
2 Kyle Busch 4080 -2 23 4 10 14 2
3 Kevin Harvick 4079 -3 34 3 21 26 1
4 Martin Truex Jr 4076 -6 34 1 8 22 2
5 Carl Edwards 4069 -13 34 2 7 15 2
6 Brad Keselowski 4057 -25 34 1 8 23 1
7 Kurt Busch 4048 -34 31 2 10 19 0
8 Joey Logano 4013 -69 34 6 20 26 0
9 Dale Earnhardt Jr 2259 -1823 34 2 15 21 1
10 Denny Hamlin 2257 -1825 34 2 14 18 2
11 Ryan Newman 2253 -1829 34 0 5 15 1
12 Jimmie Johnson 2240 -1842 34 5 13 20 1
13 Jamie McMurray 2235 -1847 34 0 4 10 2
14 Paul Menard 2208 -1874 34 0 2 5 1
15 Matt Kenseth 2197 -1885 33 5 12 19 4
16 Clint Bowyer 2153 -1929 34 0 2 12 2
17 Aric Almirola 903 -3179 34 0 3 5 2
18 Kasey Kahne 896 -3186 34 0 3 10 3
19 Greg Biffle 821 -3261 34 0 3 4 0
20 Kyle Larson 809 -3273 33 0 1 9 5
21 Austin Dillon 778 -3304 34 0 1 5 3
22 Casey Mears 730 -3352 34 0 0 1 3
23 AJ Allmendinger 714 -3368 34 0 0 3 3
24 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 687 -3395 34 0 1 3 2
25 Sam Hornish Jr 677 -3405 34 0 0 3 2
26 Danica Patrick 668 -3414 34 0 0 2 4
27 Tony Stewart 663 -3419 34 0 0 3 5
28 David Ragan 657 -3425 34 0 1 1 6
29 Trevor Bayne 619 -3463 34 0 0 2 3
30 Justin Allgaier 553 -3529 34 0 0 1 5
31 Cole Whitt 526 -3556 34 0 0 0 3
32 David Gilliland 507 -3575 34 0 0 0 3
33 Alex Bowman 413 -3669 33 0 0 0 6
34 Brett Moffitt 401 -3681 29 0 0 1 1
35 Matt DiBenedetto 376 -3706 31 0 0 0 1
36 Michael Annett 372 -3710 33 0 0 0 3
37 Josh Wise 249 -3833 23 0 0 1 4
38 Jeb Burton 211 -3871 27 0 0 0 4
39 Michael McDowell 202 -3880 15 0 0 0 1
40 Alex Kennedy 120 -3962 13 0 0 0 0
41 Reed Sorenson 74 -4008 9 0 0 0 0
42 Bobby Labonte 60 -4022 4 0 0 0 1
43 Michael Waltrip 58 -4024 3 0 0 0 0
44 Brian Vickers 32 -4050 2 0 0 0 0
45 Ryan Preece 22 -4060 3 0 0 0 0
46 Will Kimmel III 11 -4071 2 0 0 0 0
47 Mike Wallace 8 -4074 1 0 0 0 0
48 T.J. Bell 7 -4075 1 0 0 0 0
49 Eddie MacDonald 7 -4075 1 0 0 0 0
50 Kyle Fowler 3 -4079 1 0 0 0 1
51 Ron Hornaday Jr 2 -4080 1 0 0 0 1
52 Ryan Blaney 0 -4082 15 0 1 2 5
53 Brian Scott 0 -4082 10 0 0 0 3
54 Erik Jones 0 -4082 2 0 0 0 0
55 Landon Cassill 0 -4082 34 0 0 0 6
56 Ty Dillon 0 -4082 4 0 0 0 0
57 J.J. Yeley 0 -4082 32 0 0 0 4
58 Regan Smith 0 -4082 4 0 0 0 0
59 Chase Elliott 0 -4082 5 0 0 0 1
60 Matt Crafton 0 -4082 1 0 0 0 0
61 Johnny Sauter 0 -4082 1 0 0 0 0
62 Chris Buescher 0 -4082 6 0 0 0 0
63 Boris Said 0 -4082 2 0 0 0 0
64 Brendan Gaughan 0 -4082 8 0 0 0 2
65 Justin Marks 0 -4082 1 0 0 0 0
66 Mike Bliss 0 -4082 10 0 0 0 0
67 Travis Kvapil 0 -4082 4 0 0 0 0
68 Joe Nemechek 0 -4082 1 0 0 0 0
69 B J McLeod 0 -4082 1 0 0 0 0
70 Jeffrey Earnhardt 0 -4082 2 0 0 0 0
71 Timmy Hill 0 -4082 11 0 0 0 2
72 Joey Gase 0 -4082 2 0 0 0 1
73 Derek White 0 -4082 1 0 0 0 0
74 Jeff Green 0 -4082 1 0 0 0 0
75 Tanner Berryhill 0 -4082 0 0 0 0 0