Johnson trumps Harvick for Texas victory

Jimmie Johnson scored his second win of the season

Jimmie Johnson scored his second win of the season

Jimmie Johnson has scored his second win of the NASCAR Sprint Cup season taking the chequered flag at the Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

In a race that was dominated by Johnson and defending series champion Kevin Harvick, it was a move after the final re-start which scored the six-time champion the victory.

Johnson and Harvick took four fresh tyres at the final caution period, while Jamie McMurray took two and was out front. As Harvick tried to pass McMurray on the outside for the lead, Johnson went low and out in clean air was never headed.

The result was Johnson’s second-straight win in the Lone Star State and fifth overall, extending his record as the track’s all-time winner.

“A great, great racecar,” said Johnson.

“We’ve had an awesome start to the year (2 wins) and having last week off was good for us. We could sit down relax, re-boot and come back to the track and it brought me a fast racecar that was good all weekend.”

Harvick tried to run Johnson down, but he scraped the wall exiting Turn 2 with three laps to run and Dale Earnhardt Jr. got into second place. Harvick then got a great run off the final corner of the race to take second by half a car-length.

Harvick has finished in the top-2 in six of the seven races contested this year and he extended his points lead with his result in Texas.

Joey Logano finished fourth after battling with Harvick earlier, while his Penske team-mate Brad Keselowski came back from a pit road violation to finish fifth.

VIDEO: Race highlights

 RESULTS: Duck Commander 500 – Texas Motor Speedway

POS. CAR # DRIVER MAKE START LAPS LAPS LED STATUS POINTS BONUS PTS
1 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 5 334 128 Running 48 5
2 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 2 334 96 Running 43 1
3 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 25 334 0 Running 41 0
4 22 Joey Logano Ford 6 334 19 Running 41 1
5 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 3 334 27 Running 40 1
6 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 10 334 9 Running 39 1
7 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 12 334 3 Running 38 1
8 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 4 334 6 Running 37 1
9 78 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet 15 334 0 Running 35 0
10 19 Carl Edwards Toyota 16 334 0 Running 34 0
11 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 18 334 0 Running 33 0
12 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 7 334 0 Running 32 0
13 18 David Ragan Toyota 30 334 0 Running 31 0
14 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 1 334 45 Running 31 1
15 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 22 334 0 Running 29 0
16 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 21 334 0 Running 28 0
17 16 Greg Biffle Ford 19 334 0 Running 27 0
18 6 Trevor Bayne Ford 23 334 0 Running 26 0
19 43 Aric Almirola Ford 32 334 0 Running 25 0
20 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 14 334 0 Running 24 0
21 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 26 334 0 Running 23 0
22 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 27 334 0 Running 22 0
23 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 17 334 0 Running 21 0
24 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 11 334 0 Running 20 0
25 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 9 334 0 Running 19 0
26 9 Sam Hornish Jr Ford 29 334 0 Running 18 0
27 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet 20 333 0 Running 17 0
28 38 David Gilliland Ford 38 333 0 Running 16 0
29 55 Brett Moffitt Toyota 36 333 0 Running 15 0
30 34 Chris Buescher Ford 40 332 0 Running 0 0
31 95 Michael McDowell Ford 39 332 0 Running 13 0
32 40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 33 332 0 Running 0 0
33 7 Alex Bowman Chevrolet 34 330 0 Running 11 0
34 83 Matt DiBenedetto Toyota 42 330 0 Running 10 0
35 35 Cole Whitt Ford 31 330 0 Running 9 0
36 32 Mike Bliss Ford 37 328 0 Running 0 0
37 33 Alex Kennedy Chevrolet 43 325 0 Running 7 0
38 98 Josh Wise Ford 35 284 0 Running 6 0
39 51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 24 257 0 Accident 5 0
40 46 Michael Annett Chevrolet 28 246 0 Accident 4 0
41 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 8 222 1 Engine 4 1
42 21 Ryan Blaney Ford 13 71 0 Engine 0 0
43 23 J.J. Yeley Toyota 41 13 0 Engine 0 0

 

STANDINGS 

POS DRIVER POINTS BEHIND STARTS WINS TOP 5 TOP 10 DNF
1 Kevin Harvick 306 Leader 7 2 6 7 0
2 Joey Logano 280 -26 7 1 4 7 0
3 Martin Truex Jr 266 -40 7 0 1 7 0
4 Brad Keselowski 246 -60 7 1 3 6 1
5 Kasey Kahne 230 -76 7 0 1 3 0
6 Jimmie Johnson 216 -90 7 2 3 4 0
7 Dale Earnhardt Jr 213 -93 7 0 4 5 1
8 Denny Hamlin 205 -101 7 1 3 3 0
9 Aric Almirola 195 -111 7 0 0 0 0
10 David Ragan 194 -112 7 0 1 1 0
11 Jamie McMurray 193 -113 7 0 1 3 1
12 Matt Kenseth 189 -117 7 0 2 3 0
13 Jeff Gordon 186 -120 7 0 0 4 1
14 Carl Edwards 182 -124 7 0 0 1 0
15 Casey Mears 178 -128 7 0 0 1 0
16 Paul Menard 177 -129 7 0 1 1 1
17 Danica Patrick 176 -130 7 0 0 1 0
18 Clint Bowyer 168 -138 7 0 0 1 0
19 Greg Biffle 165 -141 7 0 0 1 0
20 AJ Allmendinger 161 -145 7 0 0 2 1
21 Kurt Busch 144 -162 4 0 2 2 0
22 Austin Dillon 143 -163 7 0 0 0 1
23 Trevor Bayne 138 -168 7 0 0 0 0
24 Ryan Newman 137 -169 7 0 3 4 0
25 David Gilliland 136 -170 7 0 0 0 0
26 Kyle Larson 135 -171 6 0 0 2 1
27 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 132 -174 7 0 0 0 1
28 Cole Whitt 111 -195 7 0 0 0 1
29 Sam Hornish Jr 110 -196 7 0 0 0 0
30 Brett Moffitt 109 -197 6 0 0 1 0
31 Justin Allgaier 109 -197 7 0 0 0 2
32 Tony Stewart 107 -199 7 0 0 0 2
33 Michael Annett 69 -237 7 0 0 0 1
34 Alex Bowman 67 -239 6 0 0 0 1
35 Josh Wise 58 -248 6 0 0 0 0
36 Michael McDowell 57 -249 4 0 0 0 0
37 Jeb Burton 43 -263 5 0 0 0 0
38 Matt DiBenedetto 34 -272 4 0 0 0 0
39 Brian Vickers 32 -274 2 0 0 0 0
40 Alex Kennedy 24 -282 3 0 0 0 0
41 Bobby Labonte 20 -286 1 0 0 0 0
42 Michael Waltrip 18 -288 1 0 0 0 0
43 Reed Sorenson 12 -294 1 0 0 0 0
44 Mike Wallace 8 -298 1 0 0 0 0
45 Ron Hornaday Jr 2 -304 1 0 0 0 1
46 Brian Scott 0 -306 2 0 0 0 0
47 Regan Smith 0 -306 4 0 0 0 0
48 Matt Crafton 0 -306 1 0 0 0 0
49 Ryan Blaney 0 -306 3 0 0 0 2
50 Johnny Sauter 0 -306 1 0 0 0 0
51 Chris Buescher 0 -306 3 0 0 0 0
52 Landon Cassill 0 -306 7 0 0 0 2
53 J.J. Yeley 0 -306 7 0 0 0 1
54 Brendan Gaughan 0 -306 4 0 0 0 0
55 Ty Dillon 0 -306 1 0 0 0 0
56 Mike Bliss 0 -306 5 0 0 0 0
57 Joe Nemechek 0 -306 1 0 0 0 0
58 Chase Elliott 0 -306 1 0 0 0 0
59 Travis Kvapil 0 -306 0 0 0 0 0
60 Tanner Berryhill 0 -306 0 0 0 0 0
61 Justin Marks 0 -306 0 0 0 0 0

 

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