Johnson holds ‘em in Texas

Monday 10th April, 2017 - 8:14am

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Johnson celebrates for the seventh time in Texas

Jimmie Johnson was fastest when it mattered to score his seventh win at Texas Motor Speedway and 81st of his career as he got Hendrick Motorsports first victory of the year.

Johnson started off the rear of the field after a tyre change after qualifying and made his way through the pack to put himself in the best possible position after the final round of yellow flag pit stops.

Joey Logano got the jump off the re-start, but with less than 20 laps to run Johnson pulled alongside and took the lead which he held through to the finish. He led just 18 of the 334 laps contested.

“I guess I remembered how to drive; and I guess this team remembered how to do it,” said Johnson after scoring his first win of 2017.

Kyle Larson also rounded-up Logano and was fast approaching Johnson through to the finish. Kevin Harvick and Dale Earnhardt Jr., rounded out the top-five.

In terms of stage win, Ryan Blaney scooped both bonus stages, but he would go onto finish 12th in the races final results.

The race featured eight cautions and 16 lead changes among six drivers.

The eighth caution was called for debris on Lap 299. Logano stayed on the track. Harvick led the cars down pit road on Lap 301 followed by Johnson, Truex, Earnhardt and Larson.

Logano held the lead on the Lap 304 restart while Johnson passed Harvick for second. On Lap 318, Johnson took the lead on the backstretch.

Larson now leads the championship standings by 17 points over Elliott.

VIDEO: Race wrap

RESULTS: O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 – Texas Motor Speedway

Cla # Driver Manufacturer Laps Laps Led Status Points
1 48  Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 334 18  Running 49
2 42  Kyle Larson Chevrolet 334  0  Running 47
3 22  Joey Logano Ford 334 38  Running 36
4 4  Kevin Harvick Ford 334 77  Running 44
5 88  Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 334  0  Running 34
6 2  Brad Keselowski Ford 334 4  Running 40
7 1  Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 334  0  Running 46
8 78  Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 334 49  Running 39
9 24  Chase Elliott Chevrolet 334  0  Running 34
10 41  Kurt Busch Ford 334  0  Running 32
11 14  Clint Bowyer Ford 334  0  Running 30
12 21  Ryan Blaney Ford 334 148  Running 45
13 6  Trevor Bayne Ford 334  0  Running 24
14 17  Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 334  0  Running 26
15 18  Kyle Busch Toyota 334  0  Running 23
16 20  Matt Kenseth Toyota 334  0  Running 21
17 13  Ty Dillon Chevrolet 334  0  Running 20
18 43  Aric Almirola Ford 334  0  Running 19
19 19  Daniel Suarez Toyota 334  0  Running 18
20 47  A.J. Allmendinger Chevrolet 334  Running 17
21 37  Chris Buescher Chevrolet 333  0  Running 16
22 77  Erik Jones Toyota 333  0  Running 15
23 95  Michael McDowell Chevrolet 333  0  Running 14
24 10  Danica Patrick Ford 333  0  Running 13
25 11  Denny Hamlin Toyota 333  0  Running 12
26 31  Ryan Newman Chevrolet 332  0  Running 11
27 7  J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 330  0  Running
28 38  David Ragan Ford 329  0  Running 9
29 34  Landon Cassill Ford 329  0  Running 8
30 72  Cole Whitt Chevrolet 327  0  Running 7
31 32  Matt DiBenedetto Ford 327  0  Running 6
32 83  Corey Lajoie Toyota 326  0  Running 5
33 3  Austin Dillon Chevrolet 322  0  Running 4
34 23  Gray Gaulding Toyota 322  0  Running 3
35 15  Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 319  0  Running 2
36 27  Paul Menard Chevrolet 314  0  Running 1
37 55  Derrike Cope Chevrolet 313  0  Running 1
38 5  Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 303  0  Running 1
39 51  Timmy Hill Chevrolet 104  0 Engine
40 33  Jeffrey Earnhardt Chevrolet 9  00 Accident 1
STANDINGS
 
Rank
Driver
Pts
Behind
Wins
Starts
Top 5’s
Top 10’s
Poles
1
Kyle Larson
315
Leader
1
7
5
5
1
2
Chase Elliott
298
-17
0
7
3
5
1
3
Martin Truex Jr.
275
-40
1
7
2
4
0
4
Brad Keselowski
274
-41
2
7
5
6
1
5
Joey Logano
243
-72
0
7
4
6
1
6
Ryan Blaney
224
-91
0
7
1
3
0
7
Kyle Busch
211
-104
0
7
2
3
0
8
Jamie McMurray
209
-106
0
7
0
4
0
9
Clint Bowyer
204
-111
0
7
1
3
0
10
Kevin Harvick
198
-117
0
7
1
3
2
11
Jimmie Johnson
190
-125
1
7
1
2
0
12
Trevor Bayne
164
-151
0
7
0
1
0
13
Ryan Newman
163
-152
1
7
1
2
0
14
Erik Jones
159
-156
0
7
0
1
0
15
Kurt Busch
151
-164
1
7
1
3
0
16
Denny Hamlin
151
-164
0
7
0
2
0
17
Kasey Kahne
147
-168
0
7
1
2
0
18
Aric Almirola
146
-169
0
7
1
1
0
19
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
139
-176
0
7
1
2
0
20
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
133
-182
0
7
1
1
0
21
Austin Dillon
130
-185
0
7
1
1
0
22
Matt Kenseth
126
-189
0
7
1
3
0
23
Daniel Suarez
125
-190
0
7
0
2
0
24
Ty Dillon
122
-193
0
7
0
0
0
25
AJ Allmendinger
107
-208
0
7
1
2
0
26
Paul Menard
106
-209
0
7
1
1
0
27
Chris Buescher
93
-222
0
7
0
0
0
28
Michael McDowell
91
-224
0
7
0
0
0
29
Danica Patrick
90
-225
0
7
0
0
0
30
Landon Cassill
83
-232
0
7
0
0
0
31
Cole Whitt
78
-237
0
7
0
0
0
32
Matt DiBenedetto
72
-243
0
7
0
1
0
33
David Ragan
65
-250
0
7
0
0
0
34
Corey LaJoie
39
-276
0
7
0
0
0
35
Reed Sorenson
30
-285
0
6
0
0
0
36
Michael Waltrip
29
-286
0
1
0
1
0
37
Jeffrey Earnhardt
24
-291
0
7
0
0
0
38
Gray Gaulding
17
-298
0
6
0
0
0
39
Derrike Cope
9
-306
0
5
0
0
0
40
D.J. Kennington
1
-314
0
1
0
0
0
41
Cody Ware
1
-314
0
1
0
0
0
42
Brendan Gaughan
0
-315
0
1
0
0
0
43
Elliott Sadler
0
-315
0
1
0
0
0
44
Joey Gase
0
-315
0
1
0
0
0
45
JJ Yeley
0
-315
0
1
0
0
0
46
Timmy Hill
0
-315
0
5
0
0
0