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Jimmie Johnson takes Atlanta

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Monday 2nd March, 2015 - 10:00am

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Johnson celebrates at Atlanta

Johnson celebrates at Atlanta

Jimmie Johnson has scored his first win of the NASCAR season, taking the second race of the season at a cold Atlanta.

After the race start was delayed due to rain, the race itself was run through under heavy skies and single digit temperatures.

Johnson’s win was his 71st of his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career and fourth on the 1.54-mile Georgia track.

Defending Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick notched a runner-up finish while Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished third in another Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. Joey Logano, pole sitter and the Daytona 500 champion, took fourth place with Matt Kenseth completing the top five.

Logano held on to carry the unofficial Sprint Cup points lead by one point over both Johnson and Harvick, who forged a two-way tie for second.

Many stars were forced to start near the back of the pack after difficulties clearing technical inspection before Qualifying. As a result, former Sprint Cup champions Jeff Gordon, Johnson, Kenseth and Tony Stewart all failed to make a qualifying attempt and started worse than 30th on the 43-car grid.

Gordon was among those involved in the race’s first multicar wreck, in the 256th of 325 laps. Denny Hamlin triggered the melee when his Joe Gibbs Racing No. 11 Toyota lost traction exiting Turn 2, collecting Jamie McMurray and Ryan Newman.

An even bigger wreck brought out the red flag with 21 laps to run. Greg Biffle lost control heading into Turn 3, with Joe Nemechek, Regan Smith, Clint Bowyer, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kyle Larson and Stewart all involved.

It was that final crash which set-up Johnson’s charge for the lead off the re-start with 14 laps to run. Once he got into clean air he was never challenged through to the chequered flag.

“It’s a great racecar, and unfortunately the way qualifying went we didn’t have a very good pit stall pick and it took us a long time to get in front,” Johnson said.
“But once we did that we were able to utilise our awesome pit crew, get the stops done, race for the win and get the job done.”

The Sprint Cup Series heads to Las Vegas for the next race this weekend.

 

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

 

RESULTS: Folds of Honor Quiktrip 500

POS. CAR # DRIVER MANUFACTURER STARTING POS. LAPS LAPS LED FINAL STATUS POINTS BONUS POINTS
1 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 37 325 92 Running 47 4
2 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 2 325 116 Running 44 2
3 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 9 325 1 Running 42 1
4 22 Joey Logano Ford 1 325 84 Running 41 1
5 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 36 325 10 Running 40 1
6 78 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet 14 325 0 Running 38 0
7 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 11 325 0 Running 37 0
8 55 Brett Moffitt Toyota 22 325 1 Running 37 1
9 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 12 325 2 Running 36 1
10 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 7 325 0 Running 34 0
11 43 Aric Almirola Ford 23 325 0 Running 33 0
12 19 Carl Edwards Toyota 5 325 0 Running 32 0
13 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 13 325 0 Running 31 0
14 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 10 324 0 Running 30 0
15 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet 21 324 0 Running 29 0
16 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 18 324 0 Running 28 0
17 41 Regan Smith Chevrolet 38 324 0 Running 0 0
18 18 David Ragan Toyota 17 323 0 Running 26 0
19 6 Trevor Bayne Ford 29 323 0 Running 25 0
20 51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 16 323 0 Running 24 0
21 9 Sam Hornish Jr Ford 8 323 0 Running 23 0
22 38 David Gilliland Ford 26 322 1 Running 23 1
23 7 Alex Bowman Chevrolet 42 322 0 Running 21 0
24 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 25 321 1 Running 21 1
25 16 Greg Biffle Ford 19 320 0 Running 19 0
26 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 6 320 0 Running 18 0
27 95 Michael McDowell Ford 24 320 0 Running 17 0
28 62 Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet 31 320 0 Running 0 0
29 33 Michael Annett Chevrolet 32 319 0 Running 15 0
30 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 39 319 0 Running 14 0
31 32 Mike Bliss Ford 27 318 2 Running 0 0
32 98 Josh Wise Ford 33 318 0 Running 12 0
33 34 Joe Nemechek Ford 28 318 1 Running 0 0
34 23 J.J. Yeley Toyota 30 316 0 Running 0 0
35 26 Jeb Burton Toyota 40 316 0 Running 9 0
36 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 20 302 0 Accident 8 0
37 35 Cole Whitt Ford 41 295 0 Engine 7 0
38 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 4 284 14 Running 7 1
39 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 15 282 0 Running 5 0
40 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 3 256 0 Accident 4 0
41 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 35 256 0 Accident 3 0
42 30 Ron Hornaday Jr Chevrolet 34 187 0 Rear Gear 2 0
43 40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 43 92 0 Engine 0 0

 

 STANDINGS 

POS DRIVER POINTS BEHIND STARTS WINS TOP 5 TOP 10 DNF
1 Joey Logano 88 Leader 2 1 2 2 0
2 Jimmie Johnson 87 -1 2 1 2 2 0
3 Kevin Harvick 86 -2 2 0 2 2 0
4 Dale Earnhardt Jr 84 -4 2 0 2 2 0
5 Martin Truex Jr 75 -13 2 0 0 2 0
6 Casey Mears 68 -20 2 0 0 1 0
7 Kasey Kahne 65 -23 2 0 0 1 0
8 AJ Allmendinger 62 -26 2 0 0 1 0
9 Aric Almirola 62 -26 2 0 0 0 0
10 Clint Bowyer 58 -30 2 0 0 1 0
11 David Gilliland 56 -32 2 0 0 0 0
12 Sam Hornish Jr 55 -33 2 0 0 0 0
13 Greg Biffle 54 -34 2 0 0 1 0
14 Carl Edwards 54 -34 2 0 0 0 0
15 David Ragan 53 -35 2 0 0 0 0
16 Danica Patrick 51 -37 2 0 0 0 0
17 Paul Menard 50 -38 2 0 0 0 0
18 Matt Kenseth 49 -39 2 0 1 1 0
19 Denny Hamlin 48 -40 2 0 1 1 0
20 Michael Annett 47 -41 2 0 0 0 0
21 Ryan Newman 40 -48 2 0 0 1 0
22 Brad Keselowski 39 -49 2 0 0 1 1
23 Trevor Bayne 39 -49 2 0 0 0 0
24 Brett Moffitt 37 -51 1 0 0 1 0
25 Austin Dillon 35 -53 2 0 0 0 0
26 Justin Allgaier 31 -57 2 0 0 0 1
27 Michael McDowell 30 -58 2 0 0 0 0
28 Cole Whitt 29 -59 2 0 0 0 1
29 Kyle Larson 28 -60 2 0 0 0 1
30 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 23 -65 2 0 0 0 1
31 Alex Bowman 21 -67 1 0 0 0 0
32 Jamie McMurray 21 -67 2 0 0 0 1
33 Bobby Labonte 20 -68 1 0 0 0 0
34 Michael Waltrip 18 -70 1 0 0 0 0
35 Tony Stewart 16 -72 2 0 0 0 1
36 Jeff Gordon 16 -72 2 0 0 0 1
37 Reed Sorenson 12 -76 1 0 0 0 0
38 Josh Wise 12 -76 1 0 0 0 0
39 Jeb Burton 9 -79 1 0 0 0 0
40 Mike Wallace 8 -80 1 0 0 0 0
41 Ron Hornaday Jr 2 -86 1 0 0 0 1
42 Regan Smith 0 -88 2 0 0 0 0
43 Matt Crafton 0 -88 1 0 0 0 0
44 Johnny Sauter 0 -88 1 0 0 0 0
45 Ty Dillon 0 -88 1 0 0 0 0
46 Brendan Gaughan 0 -88 1 0 0 0 0
47 Mike Bliss 0 -88 1 0 0 0 0
48 Joe Nemechek 0 -88 1 0 0 0 0
49 J.J. Yeley 0 -88 2 0 0 0 0
50 Ryan Blaney 0 -88 1 0 0 0 1
51 Landon Cassill 0 -88 2 0 0 0 2
52 Brian Scott 0 -88 0 0 0 0 0
53 Justin Marks 0 -88 0 0 0 0 0
54 Matt DiBenedetto 0 -88 0 0 0 0 0

 

 

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