Advantage Johnson after dominant Texas win

Jimmie Johnson celebrates victory

Jimmie Johnson celebrates victory

Jimmie Johnson pulled seven points clear of Matt Kenseth in the Chase for the Sprint Cup by taking a dominant victory in the AAA Texas 500.

The Hendrick Chevrolet was the class of the field at the high-speed Fort Worth venue, leading 255 of the 334 laps.

A slow penultimate pitstop that dropped Johnson from first to sixth was the only threat to the five-time champion’s dominance, but it would take less than 20 laps for the #48 to regain the ascendancy.

Dale Earnhardt Jr made it a Hendrick one-two in second, while the Penske Ford of Joey Logano and Joe Gibbs Toyota of Matt Kenseth were third and fourth respectively.

Kenseth had entered the weekend tied on points with Johnson, but found himself on the back foot after a mid-race drive-through penalty for speeding on pit road.

It was an even tougher afternoon for other key Chase contenders including last week’s winner Jeff Gordon.

The four-time champion fell from third to equal sixth in the standings after a tyre problem saw the #24 Chevrolet crash out of contention.

Fourth-placed points man Kyle Busch had earlier seen his title hopes slip away when a tyre issue of his own saw the #18 Toyota tag the concrete.

Seventh was enough to see Kevin Harvick move from fourth third in the standings, albeit a full 40 points adrift of Johnson with just two races remaining.

Australian Marcos Ambrose remains down in 21st after fighting a loose car on the way to a 21st place race finish.

See below for full Texas result

1 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 334 3:18:05
2 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 334 4.390
3 Joey Logano Ford 334 21:41:55
4 Matt Kenseth Toyota 334 21:41:55
5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 334 21:41:55
6 Brad Keselowski Ford 334 21:41:55
7 Denny Hamlin Toyota 334 21:41:55
8 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 334 21:41:55
9 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 334 21:41:55
10 Clint Bowyer Toyota 334 21:41:55
11 Mark Martin Chevrolet 334 21:41:55
12 Greg Biffle Ford 334 21:41:55
13 Kyle Busch Toyota 334 21:41:55
14 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 334 21:41:55
15 Paul Menard Chevrolet 333 1 Lap
16 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 332 2 Laps
17 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 332 2 Laps
18 Parker Kligerman Toyota 332 2 Laps
19 Elliott Sadler Toyota 331 3 Laps
20 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet 331 3 Laps
21 Marcos Ambrose Ford 331 3 Laps
22 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 331 3 Laps
23 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 331 3 Laps
24 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 331 3 Laps
25 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 331 3 Laps
26 David Gilliland Ford 330 4 Laps
27 Aric Almirola Ford 330 4 Laps
28 David Reutimann Toyota 330 4 Laps
29 Trevor Bayne Ford 330 4 Laps
30 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 329 5 Laps
31 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 329 5 Laps
32 Travis Kvapil Toyota 329 5 Laps
33 Casey Mears Ford 328 6 Laps
34 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 328 6 Laps
35 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 326 8 Laps
36 Joe Nemechek Toyota 190 Rear Gear
37 Carl Edwards Ford 187 Engine
38 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 147 187 Laps
39 Josh Wise Ford 145 Vibration
40 Bobby Labonte Toyota 144 Engine
41 Timmy Hill Ford 125 Engine
42 David Ragan Ford 81 Engine
43 Michael McDowell Ford 27 Vibration

 See below for full points standings

1 Jimmie Johnson 2342
2 Matt Kenseth 2335
3 Kevin Harvick 2302
4 Kyle Busch 2290
5 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2280
6 Jeff Gordon 2273
7 Clint Bowyer 2273
8 Greg Biffle 2269
9 Joey Logano 2251
10 Kurt Busch 2246
11 Carl Edwards 2226
12 Ryan Newman 2224
13 Kasey Kahne 2209
14 Brad Keselowski 968
15 Jamie McMurray 966
16 Martin Truex Jr. 922
17 Paul Menard 916
18 Aric Almirola 860
19 Jeff Burton 858
20 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 855
21 Marcos Ambrose 836
22 Juan Pablo Montoya 830
23 Denny Hamlin 689
24 Casey Mears 686
25 Danica Patrick 611
26 David Gilliland 610
27 David Ragan 608
28 Mark Martin 595
29 Tony Stewart 594
30 Dave Blaney 506
31 Travis Kvapil 486
32 David Reutimann 447
33 J.J. Yeley 445
34 A.J. Allmendinger 402
35 Bobby Labonte 390
36 David Stremme 362
37 Michael McDowell 197
38 Timmy Hill 180
39 Michael Waltrip 114
40 Ken Schrader 108
41 Scott Speed 99
42 Terry Labonte 87
43 Boris Said 48
44 Ron Fellows 31
45 Alex Kennedy 21
46 Justin Marks 14
47 Scott Riggs 11
48 Victor Gonzalez 10
49 Brian Keselowski 9
50 Tomy Drissi 8
51 Jacques Villeneuve 3
52 Jason Leffler 1

 

 

 

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