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Monday 26th May, 2014 - 1:30pm

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Johnson scores his first win of the year

Johnson scores his first win of the year

Six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Jimmie Johnson has finally broken through for his first win of the season with victory in the sport’s longest race, the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The victory came in the 12th race of season and qualifies him for the Chase.

The result is his fourth win in the 600 and he did it by beating another championship contender who is yet to register a victory so far in 2014, Matt Kenseth.

Johnson overtook the Toyota driver just nine laps from the finish.

Kevin Harvick was second, Kenseth third, Carl Edwards fourth and All-Star Race winner Jamie McMurray was fifth.

“Absolutely, it’s a relief. It’s great to win,” Johnson said.

“I promise you, all the hype and all the concern, that was elsewhere. We’ve had some bad races, I’m not going to lie, but tonight we had a great racecar.

“They know we’re awake. And winning, it doesn’t matter who you are. The 4 (Harvick) has been able to go out there and dominate, but now that we’ve got one, we’re right there.”

Like Jeff Gordon two weeks ago, the focus was on Johnson and whether he would be able to crack his winless run.

The weekend started off on the right note with pole before going on to lead a total of 165 of the 400 laps in the race.

Johnson carries momentum to Dover next week, another track where he has a strong record.

It looked like Edwards would win the race with 24 laps to go when he inherited the lead thanks to fuel strategy.

But Alex Bowman had a blown tyre two laps later, which ruined Edwards’ strategy and forced everyone to pit.

After finishing sixth at the Indianapolis 500 early in the afternoon, Kurt Busch arrived by helicopter and despite looking solid early, his race ended with a blown engine after 400 miles at Charlotte.

It was a tough race for Australia’s Marcos Ambrose who started ninth, but battled a loose handling car throughout the opening two green flag pit stops.

He not only lost the lead lap, one of his crew dropped a wheel into the fast-lane and he had to serve a drive-through penalty.

Falling as low as 41st, Ambrose battled throughout the rest of race to try and make up positions.

His night nearly ended when he spun and slid onto the infield grass before finishing in 29th place, four laps behind Johnson.

VIDEO: Jimmie Johnson wins Coke 600

VIDEO: Ambrose spins

 

RESULTS: Coca-Cola 600 – Charlotte Motor Speedway 

POS Car # Driver Make Start Pos. Laps Laps Led Final Status Points Bonus Points
1 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 1 400 164 Running 48 5
2 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 11 400 100 Running 43 1
3 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 12 400 33 Running 42 1
4 99 Carl Edwards Ford 22 400 4 Running 41 1
5 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 26 400 34 Running 40 1
6 55 Brian Vickers Toyota 16 400 0 Running 38 0
7 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 27 400 8 Running 38 1
8 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 21 400 0 Running 36 0
9 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 7 400 0 Running 35 0
10 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 2 400 43 Running 35 1
11 43 Aric Almirola Ford 13 400 1 Running 34 1
12 22 Joey Logano Ford 8 400 0 Running 32 0
13 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 18 400 0 Running 31 0
14 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 3 399 0 Running 30 0
15 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 42 399 0 Running 29 0
16 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 32 399 0 Running 28 0
17 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5 399 0 Running 27 0
18 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 25 398 0 Running 26 0
19 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 10 398 13 Running 26 1
20 21 Trevor Bayne Ford 14 398 0 Running 0 0
21 16 Greg Biffle Ford 24 398 0 Running 23 0
22 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 6 398 0 Running 22 0
23 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 20 398 0 Running 21 0
24 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet 34 398 0 Running 20 0
25 78 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet 15 398 0 Running 19 0
26 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 23 397 0 Running 18 0
27 26 Cole Whitt Toyota 31 397 0 Running 17 0
28 7 Michael Annett Chevrolet 39 396 0 Running 16 0
29 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 9 396 0 Running 15 0
30 95 Michael McDowell Ford 30 396 0 Running 14 0
31 34 David Ragan Ford 35 395 0 Running 13 0
32 33 Brian Scott Chevrolet 19 395 0 Running 0 0
33 23 Alex Bowman Toyota 29 392 0 Running 11 0
34 66 Joe Nemechek Toyota 38 390 0 Running 0 0
35 32 Blake Koch Ford 43 390 0 Running 0 0
36 40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 40 382 0 Running 0 0
37 51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 17 378 0 Running 7 0
38 83 Ryan Truex Toyota 36 303 0 Engine 6 0
39 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 4 281 0 Engine 5 0
40 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 28 271 0 Engine 4 0
41 98 Josh Wise Chevrolet 37 229 0 Accident 3 0
42 36 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 41 162 0 Engine 2 0
43 38 David Gilliland Ford 33 160 0 Accident 1 0

 

STANDINGS 

POSITION DRIVER POINTS BEHIND STARTS WINS TOP 5 TOP 10 DNF
1 Jeff Gordon 432 Leader 12 1 5 9 0
2 Matt Kenseth 421 -11 12 0 4 9 0
3 Kyle Busch 408 -24 12 1 3 6 0
4 Carl Edwards 408 -24 12 1 3 7 1
5 Dale Earnhardt Jr 394 -38 12 1 6 7 1
6 Jimmie Johnson 388 -44 12 1 4 7 0
7 Joey Logano 378 -54 12 2 6 6 2
8 Brian Vickers 365 -67 12 0 2 5 0
9 Brad Keselowski 361 -71 12 1 4 5 0
10 Ryan Newman 361 -71 12 0 0 4 0
11 Greg Biffle 351 -81 12 0 2 4 0
12 Kevin Harvick 345 -87 12 2 4 6 2
13 Kyle Larson 344 -88 12 0 2 5 1
14 Denny Hamlin 340 -92 11 1 2 3 0
15 Austin Dillon 334 -98 12 0 0 1 0
16 Paul Menard 328 -104 12 0 1 6 0
17 Kasey Kahne 324 -108 12 0 1 4 1
18 AJ Allmendinger 314 -118 12 0 1 3 0
19 Aric Almirola 312 -120 12 0 1 3 2
20 Clint Bowyer 309 -123 12 0 1 3 2
21 Marcos Ambrose 303 -129 12 0 2 2 0
22 Tony Stewart 299 -133 12 0 2 4 1
23 Jamie McMurray 286 -146 12 0 1 3 2
24 Casey Mears 282 -150 12 0 0 1 0
25 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 258 -174 12 0 1 3 0
26 Martin Truex Jr 251 -181 12 0 0 1 1
27 Danica Patrick 218 -214 12 0 0 1 2
28 Kurt Busch 215 -217 12 1 2 2 5
29 Justin Allgaier 205 -227 12 0 0 0 2
30 Michael Annett 179 -253 12 0 0 0 2
31 Cole Whitt 164 -268 12 0 0 0 1
32 David Gilliland 160 -272 12 0 0 0 3
33 Alex Bowman 152 -280 12 0 0 0 2
34 David Ragan 150 -282 12 0 0 0 1
35 Reed Sorenson 145 -287 12 0 0 0 4
36 Josh Wise 133 -299 11 0 0 0 1
37 Ryan Truex 84 -348 10 0 0 0 4
38 Travis Kvapil 82 -350 9 0 0 0 0
39 Michael McDowell 63 -369 7 0 0 0 3
40 Parker Kligerman 54 -378 8 0 0 0 4
41 Terry Labonte 44 -388 2 0 0 0 0
42 David Reutimann 37 -395 3 0 0 0 0
43 Bobby Labonte 29 -403 1 0 0 0 0
44 Jeff Burton 27 -405 1 0 0 0 0
45 Michael Waltrip 23 -409 2 0 0 0 1
46 David Stremme 22 -410 3 0 0 0 1
47 Timmy Hill 11 -421 3 0 0 0 2
48 Dave Blaney 4 -428 2 0 0 0 2
49 Landon Cassill 0 -432 10 0 0 0 1
50 Sam Hornish Jr 0 -432 1 0 0 0 0
51 Trevor Bayne 0 -432 5 0 0 0 2
52 Brian Scott 0 -432 5 0 0 0 1
53 Ryan Blaney 0 -432 1 0 0 0 0
54 Joe Nemechek 0 -432 8 0 0 0 2
55 Blake Koch 0 -432 2 0 0 0 0
56 J.J. Yeley 0 -432 2 0 0 0 2
57 Morgan Shepherd 0 -432 1 0 0 0 1
58 Eric McClure 0 -432 0 0 0 0 0

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