Johnson wins as fight erupts in Texas

Gordon (left) and Keselowski duke it out in Texas

Gordon and Keselowski duke it out in Texas

Jimmie Johnson has come through to win the AAA Texas 500 but the race was marred by an ugly all-in brawl.

The second half of the race featured 12 yellow flags including one after the first attempt at a ‘Green-White-Chequered’ finish when race leader Gordon spun after cutting a tyre from contact with Keselowski on the re-start.

Gordon went on to finish 29th while Keselowski finished third behind Johnson and Kevin Harvick.

As the cars parked on pit road a massive contingent of crews, officials and the media were waiting for something to happen as Gordon parked right beside Keselowski.

Words between the two quickly escalated and even Harvick was seen to push Keselowski from behind as a brawl erupted. Both drivers sported battle scares on their cars and faces in the process.

Gordon gave Keselowski a character reference. “He’s a dip (expletive),” Gordon said.

“He’s got to pay the consequences. The kid is doing stuff way over his head.”

Johnson took his third-straight win in the 500-mile race at Texas

Johnson took his third straight win in the 500-mile race at Texas

Keselowski, who also got involved in a scuffle with Matt Kenseth three weeks ago at Charlotte said it was all part of hard racing.

“We were just racing for the win,” said Keselowski .”

“Racing hard and … in the hole. Everything you watch in racing, if you leave a hole, you’re supposed to go for it. It closed back up; we made contact. I don’t want to ruin anyone’s day. I wanted to win the race, and that was our opportunity. Just didn’t come together.

“I’ve been through a lot of rivalries, and I’ve got a little blood on me right now. I’ve been roughed up, put in the grandstands and wrecked and done all that stuff. I’m still here fighting. I’m not going to change the way I race. I race with 100 percent intensity and go for the win. That’s what the fans deserve in NASCAR.”

For Johnson the result might have come two races too late for him to fight for the championship, but it was his fourth victory of the year and his third-straight in the 500-mile race at Texas Motor Speedway.

Like last week where Dale Earnhardt Jr. won at Martinsville, none of the final eight drivers still in contention for the Sprint Cup gained automatic entry to the final stage at Homestead-Miami in two weeks time. This means next weekend’s race at Phoenix is sure to once again see intense racing and plenty of emotion.

It proved a wild race for Marcos Ambrose who came back from two laps down to be in with a shot of a top-10 finish. However, heavy contact with a sliding Kasey Kahne took the steam out of the Australian’s chances. Fighting with the damage, Ambrose swiped the wall late to finish 27th.

VIDEO: The post-race brawl

VIDEO: Gordon and Keselowski speak

VIDEO: The on-track incident that sparked the fight

VIDEO: Jimmie Johnson wins in Texas

RESULTS: AAA Texas 500 – Texas Motor Speedway

POS. CAR # DRIVER MANUFACTURER STARTING POS. LAPS LAPS LED FINAL STATUS POINTS BONUS POINTS
1 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 3 341 191 Running 48 5
2 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 5 341 2 Running 43 1
3 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 26 341 22 Running 42 1
4 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 9 341 0 Running 40 0
5 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 21 341 0 Running 39 0
6 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 12 341 0 Running 38 0
7 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 17 341 0 Running 37 0
8 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 4 341 15 Running 37 1
9 99 Carl Edwards Ford 11 341 0 Running 35 0
10 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 20 341 3 Running 35 1
11 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 6 341 0 Running 33 0
12 22 Joey Logano Ford 10 341 0 Running 32 0
13 16 Greg Biffle Ford 19 341 0 Running 31 0
14 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 23 341 0 Running 30 0
15 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 7 341 0 Running 29 0
16 55 Brian Vickers Toyota 13 341 0 Running 28 0
17 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 15 341 0 Running 27 0
18 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet 38 341 0 Running 26 0
19 78 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet 8 341 0 Running 25 0
20 51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 30 341 0 Running 24 0
21 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 29 341 0 Running 23 0
22 7 Michael Annett Chevrolet 33 341 0 Running 22 0
23 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 18 341 0 Running 21 0
24 43 Aric Almirola Ford 22 341 0 Running 20 0
25 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 1 341 59 Running 20 1
26 26 Cole Whitt Toyota 40 341 0 Running 18 0
27 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 16 341 0 Running 17 0
28 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 24 341 0 Running 16 0
29 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 2 340 49 Running 16 1
30 95 Michael McDowell Ford 28 338 0 Running 14 0
31 83 J.J. Yeley Toyota 39 338 0 Running 0 0
32 34 David Ragan Ford 37 338 0 Running 12 0
33 36 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 32 337 0 Running 11 0
34 38 David Gilliland Ford 31 335 0 Running 10 0
35 33 Timmy Hill Chevrolet 42 334 0 Running 9 0
36 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 27 332 0 Running 8 0
37 32 Joey Gase Ford 43 330 0 Running 0 0
38 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 14 319 0 Accident 6 0
39 21 Trevor Bayne Ford 25 318 0 Accident 0 0
40 66 Brett Moffitt Toyota 41 283 0 Accident 4 0
41 98 Josh Wise Chevrolet 36 256 0 Running 3 0
42 23 Alex Bowman Toyota 35 245 0 Engine 2 0
43 40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 34 134 0 Engine 0 0

 

STANDINGS

POS DRIVER POINTS BEHIND STARTS WINS TOP 5 TOP 10 DNF
1 Joey Logano 4072 Leader 34 5 16 21 4
2 Denny Hamlin 4072 Leader 33 1 6 16 2
3 Ryan Newman 4070 -2 34 0 4 15 1
4 Jeff Gordon 4060 -12 34 4 13 21 0
5 Matt Kenseth 4059 -13 34 0 12 20 2
6 Carl Edwards 4059 -13 34 2 7 14 2
7 Brad Keselowski 4055 -17 34 6 15 18 1
8 Kevin Harvick 4054 -18 34 3 12 18 2
9 Kyle Busch 2270 -1802 34 1 9 15 4
10 Dale Earnhardt Jr 2234 -1838 34 4 12 19 2
11 Jimmie Johnson 2234 -1838 34 4 11 19 3
12 AJ Allmendinger 2228 -1844 34 1 2 5 3
13 Greg Biffle 2209 -1863 34 0 3 10 1
14 Kurt Busch 2192 -1880 34 1 6 10 6
15 Kasey Kahne 2179 -1893 34 1 3 11 5
16 Aric Almirola 2144 -1928 34 1 2 7 6
17 Kyle Larson 1018 -3054 34 0 8 17 4
18 Jamie McMurray 945 -3127 34 0 6 12 3
19 Clint Bowyer 939 -3133 34 0 5 14 4
20 Austin Dillon 933 -3139 34 0 1 4 0
21 Paul Menard 883 -3189 34 0 4 12 2
22 Brian Vickers 875 -3197 34 0 3 9 3
23 Marcos Ambrose 819 -3253 34 0 3 6 1
24 Martin Truex Jr 798 -3274 34 0 1 5 3
25 Tony Stewart 774 -3298 31 0 3 7 3
26 Casey Mears 749 -3323 34 0 1 3 1
27 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 708 -3364 33 0 1 5 2
28 Danica Patrick 687 -3385 34 0 0 3 4
29 Justin Allgaier 600 -3472 33 0 0 0 6
30 David Gilliland 521 -3551 34 0 0 0 4
31 Cole Whitt 512 -3560 34 0 0 0 3
32 Michael Annett 503 -3569 34 0 0 0 6
33 David Ragan 497 -3575 34 0 0 1 3
34 Reed Sorenson 480 -3592 34 0 0 0 5
35 Josh Wise 390 -3682 33 0 0 0 3
36 Alex Bowman 389 -3683 34 0 0 0 6
37 Michael McDowell 219 -3853 17 0 0 1 5
38 Travis Kvapil 214 -3858 21 0 0 1 2
39 Ryan Truex 193 -3879 23 0 0 0 8
40 Terry Labonte 88 -3984 4 0 0 0 0
41 Jeff Burton 87 -3985 4 0 0 0 0
42 Michael Waltrip 76 -3996 4 0 0 0 1
43 David Stremme 75 -3997 10 0 0 0 2
44 Timmy Hill 62 -4010 11 0 0 0 5
45 Bobby Labonte 54 -4018 3 0 0 0 1
46 Parker Kligerman 54 -4018 8 0 0 0 4
47 Brett Moffitt 52 -4020 6 0 0 0 2
48 Juan Pablo Montoya 47 -4025 2 0 0 0 0
49 Alex Kennedy 47 -4025 5 0 0 0 2
50 Dave Blaney 46 -4026 7 0 0 0 3
51 David Reutimann 37 -4035 3 0 0 0 0
52 Boris Said 28 -4044 2 0 0 0 0
53 Nelson Piquet Jr 18 -4054 1 0 0 0 0
54 Eddie MacDonald 9 -4063 1 0 0 0 0
55 Tomy Drissi 6 -4066 1 0 0 0 0
56 Clay Rogers 2 -4070 2 0 0 0 2
57 Landon Cassill 0 -4072 32 0 1 1 5
58 Sam Hornish Jr 0 -4072 1 0 0 0 0
59 Trevor Bayne 0 -4072 11 0 0 0 4
60 Ryan Blaney 0 -4072 2 0 0 0 0
61 Brian Scott 0 -4072 5 0 0 0 1
62 Ty Dillon 0 -4072 1 0 0 0 0
63 Mike Wallace 0 -4072 5 0 0 0 0
64 Kyle Fowler 0 -4072 1 0 0 0 0
65 J.J. Yeley 0 -4072 16 0 0 0 5
66 Joe Nemechek 0 -4072 15 0 0 0 3
67 Blake Koch 0 -4072 4 0 0 0 0
68 Mike Bliss 0 -4072 7 0 0 0 5
69 Corey Lajoie 0 -4072 2 0 0 0 0
70 Joey Gase 0 -4072 3 0 0 0 0
71 Regan Smith 0 -4072 1 0 0 0 1
72 Morgan Shepherd 0 -4072 2 0 0 0 1
73 Johnny Sauter 0 -4072 1 0 0 0 1
74 Eric McClure 0 -4072 0 0 0 0 0
75 Matt Crafton 0 -4072 0 0 0 0 0

 

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