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Johnson scores first career win at Michigan

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Monday 16th June, 2014 - 7:10am

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Johnson celebrates his first win at Michigan

Johnson celebrates his first win at Michigan

Jimmie Johnson has notched his third win of the season and for the first time in his career taken victory at Michigan International Speedway.

In a race that featured mixed strategies, and at times longer green flag runs, Johnson moved into a position to win the race when he made his final stop with 35 laps to run. While others tried to stretch their fuel, the race stayed caution-free and the six-time champion was at the front when the chequered flag fell.

In terms of Johnson’s career at tracks where he is yet to scores wins only Chicagoland Speedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Kentucky Speedway and Watkins Glen International remain on the list.

The result was the fifth-straight weekend that a Hendrick Motorsports car has won after Dale Earnhardt Jr. win last week at Pocono, Johnson took the preview two races at Charlotte and Dpver, and Jeff Gordon was the victor in Kansas.

“We’ve figured out every way to lose this race and today we were finally able to get it done,” said Johnson.

“For so many years, my dad was here at the track, and I wanted to win this race for him. He’s in upper Michigan this weekend, so dad, we did it — finally. And as a dad, it tickles me deep to win today. I don’t want to get old but I look forward to that day.”

Pole-sitter Kevin Harvick was second, followed by Brad Keselowski, Paul Menard and Kasey Kahne, who rebounded from an early crash. Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Larson, Joey Logano and Clint Bowyer rounded out the top 10.

Strong winds throughout the race caused a number of issues, including the opening lap when Brian Vickers and Travis Kvapil crashed.

One driver who battled to get a handle on his car and the conditions was Marcos Ambrose. The Australian had car balance issues throughout the race and finished in 26th position. Ambrose is now looking forward to next weekend and the first of the season’s two roadcourse races at Sonoma outside San Francisco.

VIDEO: Johnson wins in Michigan

VIDEO: Victory Lane

RESULTS: Quicken Loans 400 – Michigan International Speedway 

 No. CAR # DRIVER MANUFACTURER STARTING POS. LAPS LAPS LED FINAL STATUS POINTS BONUS POINTS
1 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 7 200 39 Running 47 4
2 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 1 200 63 Running 44 2
3 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 6 200 4 Running 42 1
4 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 5 200 0 Running 40 0
5 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 13 200 1 Running 40 1
6 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 2 200 36 Running 39 1
7 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 3 200 1 Running 38 1
8 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 12 200 2 Running 37 1
9 22 Joey Logano Ford 9 200 29 Running 36 1
10 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 15 200 0 Running 34 0
11 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 26 200 1 Running 34 1
12 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 11 200 4 Running 33 1
13 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 8 200 16 Running 32 1
14 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 21 200 2 Running 31 1
15 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 24 200 0 Running 29 0
16 51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 17 200 0 Running 28 0
17 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 27 200 0 Running 27 0
18 12 Juan Pablo Montoya Ford 28 200 0 Running 26 0
19 21 Trevor Bayne Ford 23 200 0 Running 0 0
20 16 Greg Biffle Ford 18 200 0 Running 24 0
21 7 Michael Annett Chevrolet 37 199 0 Running 23 0
22 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 25 199 0 Running 22 0
23 99 Carl Edwards Ford 22 199 0 Running 21 0
24 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet 31 199 0 Running 20 0
25 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 20 199 0 Running 19 0
26 38 David Gilliland Ford 32 198 0 Running 18 0
27 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 30 198 0 Running 17 0
28 26 Cole Whitt Toyota 42 198 0 Running 16 0
29 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 29 198 0 Running 15 0
30 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 19 197 2 Running 15 1
31 43 Aric Almirola Ford 4 197 0 Running 13 0
32 36 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 40 197 0 Running 12 0
33 98 Josh Wise Chevrolet 38 197 0 Running 11 0
34 66 Brett Moffitt Toyota 34 197 0 Running 10 0
35 40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 39 197 0 Running 0 0
36 44 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 35 197 0 Running 0 0
37 78 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet 16 196 0 Running 7 0
38 34 David Ragan Ford 33 196 0 Running 6 0
39 33 David Stremme Chevrolet 36 195 0 Running 5 0
40 23 Alex Bowman Toyota 41 169 0 Accident 4 0
41 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 14 169 0 Running 3 0
42 55 Brian Vickers Toyota 10 110 0 Running 2 0
43 32 Travis Kvapil Ford 43 23 0 Accident 1 0

 

 STANDINGS

POSITION DRIVER POINTS BEHIND STARTS WINS TOP 5 TOP 10 DNF
1 Jeff Gordon 537 Leader 15 1 5 11 0
2 Jimmie Johnson 522 -15 15 3 6 10 0
3 Dale Earnhardt Jr 514 -23 15 2 7 10 1
4 Matt Kenseth 513 -24 15 0 5 10 0
5 Brad Keselowski 490 -47 15 1 7 8 0
6 Carl Edwards 462 -75 15 1 3 7 2
7 Joey Logano 454 -83 15 2 6 8 3
8 Kyle Larson 454 -83 15 0 3 7 1
9 Kevin Harvick 447 -90 15 2 5 7 2
10 Kyle Busch 446 -91 15 1 3 6 1
11 Ryan Newman 440 -97 15 0 0 5 0
12 Denny Hamlin 435 -102 14 1 4 5 0
13 Paul Menard 420 -117 15 0 2 8 0
14 Clint Bowyer 417 -120 15 0 2 5 2
15 Greg Biffle 409 -128 15 0 2 4 0
16 Tony Stewart 402 -135 15 0 2 5 1
17 Austin Dillon 400 -137 15 0 0 1 0
18 Brian Vickers 394 -143 15 0 2 5 1
19 Kasey Kahne 391 -146 15 0 2 5 2
20 Jamie McMurray 384 -153 15 0 1 4 2
21 AJ Allmendinger 382 -155 15 0 1 3 0
22 Aric Almirola 379 -158 15 0 1 3 2
23 Marcos Ambrose 370 -167 15 0 2 2 0
24 Casey Mears 342 -195 15 0 0 1 0
25 Martin Truex Jr 331 -206 15 0 0 3 1
26 Kurt Busch 315 -222 15 1 3 3 5
27 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 307 -230 15 0 1 3 1
28 Danica Patrick 273 -264 15 0 0 1 2
29 Justin Allgaier 269 -268 15 0 0 0 2
30 Michael Annett 235 -302 15 0 0 0 2
31 Cole Whitt 211 -326 15 0 0 0 1
32 David Gilliland 209 -328 15 0 0 0 3
33 David Ragan 190 -347 15 0 0 0 1
34 Reed Sorenson 187 -350 15 0 0 0 4
35 Alex Bowman 173 -364 15 0 0 0 4
36 Josh Wise 169 -368 14 0 0 0 1
37 Ryan Truex 108 -429 12 0 0 0 4
38 Travis Kvapil 98 -439 11 0 0 0 1
39 Michael McDowell 63 -474 7 0 0 0 3
40 Parker Kligerman 54 -483 8 0 0 0 4
41 Terry Labonte 44 -493 2 0 0 0 0
42 David Reutimann 37 -500 3 0 0 0 0
43 David Stremme 34 -503 5 0 0 0 2
44 Brett Moffitt 32 -505 2 0 0 0 0
45 Bobby Labonte 29 -508 1 0 0 0 0
46 Jeff Burton 27 -510 1 0 0 0 0
47 Juan Pablo Montoya 26 -511 1 0 0 0 0
48 Michael Waltrip 23 -514 2 0 0 0 1
49 Timmy Hill 19 -518 4 0 0 0 2
50 Dave Blaney 16 -521 4 0 0 0 2
51 Alex Kennedy 5 -532 1 0 0 0 0
52 Landon Cassill 0 -537 13 0 0 0 1
53 Sam Hornish Jr 0 -537 1 0 0 0 0
54 Trevor Bayne 0 -537 6 0 0 0 2
55 Brian Scott 0 -537 5 0 0 0 1
56 Ryan Blaney 0 -537 1 0 0 0 0
57 Blake Koch 0 -537 3 0 0 0 0
58 Joe Nemechek 0 -537 8 0 0 0 2
59 J.J. Yeley 0 -537 5 0 0 0 3
60 Morgan Shepherd 0 -537 1 0 0 0 1
61 Eric McClure 0 -537 0 0 0 0 0

 

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