Johnson ties Earnhardt Sr. with 76th win

Johnson equals Dale Earnhardt Sr. with 76 career wins

Johnson equals Dale Earnhardt Sr. with 76 career wins

Jimmie Johnson has equalled the race win tally of the late Dale Earnhardt Sr. with a 76th career victory at Atlanta.

Not even a late race caution could stop Johnson, who made the move of the day on the pit road.

On lap 276 of the scheduled 325, he came to the pits six laps earlier than anyone else and, importantly, nine laps earlier than race leader Kevin Harvick.

Johnson was 15 seconds up the road with 30 laps still to run on the 1.5-mile speedway when Harvick came out after his stop.

Although Harvick cut into the lead, Johnson kept his cool before the caution flew with two laps to go when Ryan Newman had a tyre failure.

All the leaders took four fresh tyres and on the ensuing restart Johnson got the jump.

Then a multi-car wreck on the back straight meant a race to the line with Johnson scoring his fifth win in Atlanta.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. beat Kyle Busch to the chequered flag in a close battle for second.

“Definitely a gutsy call and such a great team effort,” said Johnson, who now sits equal seventh on the list of all-time NASCAR premier series race winners, which is led by Richard Petty on 200.

“The #4 (Harvick) car was awfully tough and it was going to take some strategy to get by him.

“When he (crew chief Chad Knaus) told me to whip it, I thought it was going to take too much out of the tyres, but it worked.

“It is such an honour that on the victory lap I got to throw a three out the window and pay respects to the man (Dale Earnhardt Sr.).

“It’s a huge void in my career that I never got to race with him but at least I got to tie his record.”

The race had just the two cautions with the initial green flag run lasting 210 laps. The long green flag periods meant any mistake on pit road was punished hard.

Matt Kenseth was one of the strong cars early, but lost two laps with a penalty after his fuel man placed an adjustment wrench on the car while refuelling was taken place

Joey Logano collected the traffic cone onto pit road and also had to serve a pass-through penalty.

All 39 starters officially completed the event, although four were in the wreck in the overtime finish.

VIDEO: Race Recap

RESULTS: Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 – Atlanta Motor Speedway

POS. CAR # DRIVER MAKE START LAPS LAPS LED FINAL STATUS POINTS BONUS POINTS
1 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 19 330 52 Running 44 4
2 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 16 330 0 Running 39 0
3 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 39 330 2 Running 39 1
4 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 1 330 62 Running 38 1
5 19 Carl Edwards Toyota 7 330 1 Running 37 1
6 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 6 330 131 Running 37 2
7 78 Martin Truex Jr Toyota 9 330 34 Running 35 1
8 24 Chase Elliott Chevrolet 24 330 0 Running 33 0
9 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 17 330 0 Running 32 0
10 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 5 330 0 Running 31 0
11 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 8 330 0 Running 30 0
12 22 Joey Logano Ford 26 330 0 Running 29 0
13 16 Greg Biffle Ford 14 329 0 Running 28 0
14 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet 15 329 0 Running 27 0
15 43 Aric Almirola Ford 27 328 0 Running 26 0
16 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 12 328 0 Running 25 0
17 14 Ty Dillon Chevrolet 18 328 0 Running 0 0
18 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 21 328 0 Running 23 0
19 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 13 328 47 Running 23 1
20 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 25 328 0 Running 21 0
21 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 2 328 0 Running 20 0
22 6 Trevor Bayne Ford 3 328 0 Running 19 0
23 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 11 328 0 Running 18 0
24 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 4 328 0 Running 17 0
25 21 Ryan Blaney Ford 23 328 0 Running 16 0
26 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 20 327 0 Running 15 0
27 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 22 326 0 Running 14 0
28 34 Chris Buescher Ford 31 326 0 Running 13 0
29 83 Matt DiBenedetto Toyota 35 326 0 Running 12 0
30 46 Michael Annett Chevrolet 34 325 0 Running 11 0
31 44 Brian Scott Ford 10 324 0 Running 10 0
32 23 David Ragan Toyota 33 323 0 Running 9 0
33 95 Michael McDowell Chevrolet 32 323 0 Running 8 0
34 7 Regan Smith Chevrolet 30 323 0 Running 7 0
35 15 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 28 322 0 Running 6 0
36 38 Landon Cassill Ford 29 321 0 Running 5 0
37 98 Cole Whitt Chevrolet 36 318 1 Running 5 1
38 32 Jeffrey Earnhardt Ford 38 313 0 Running 3 0
39 30 Josh Wise Chevrolet 37 312 0 Running 2 0

STANDINGS

POS DRIVER POINTS BEHIND STARTS WINS TOP 5 TOP 10 DNF
1 Kyle Busch 78 Leader 2 0 2 2 0
2 Martin Truex Jr 75 -3 2 0 1 2 0
3 Kevin Harvick 74 -4 2 0 1 2 0
4 Carl Edwards 73 -5 2 0 2 2 0
5 Denny Hamlin 70 -8 2 1 1 1 0
6 Jimmie Johnson 70 -8 2 1 1 1 0
7 Kurt Busch 69 -9 2 0 1 2 0
8 Joey Logano 64 -14 2 0 0 1 0
9 Austin Dillon 63 -15 2 0 0 1 0
10 Aric Almirola 55 -23 2 0 0 0 0
11 Brad Keselowski 54 -24 2 0 0 1 0
12 Matt Kenseth 51 -27 2 0 0 0 0
13 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 50 -28 2 0 0 1 0
14 Kyle Larson 49 -29 2 0 0 1 0
15 Ryan Newman 48 -30 2 0 0 0 0
16 Kasey Kahne 46 -32 2 0 0 0 0
17 Paul Menard 46 -32 2 0 0 0 0
18 Dale Earnhardt Jr 45 -33 2 0 1 1 1
19 Jamie McMurray 44 -34 2 0 0 0 0
20 Regan Smith 40 -38 2 0 0 1 0
21 Chase Elliott 38 -40 2 0 0 1 0
22 Ryan Blaney 38 -40 2 0 0 0 0
23 Casey Mears 36 -42 2 0 0 0 0
24 Greg Biffle 35 -43 2 0 0 0 0
25 Michael McDowell 34 -44 2 0 0 0 0
26 AJ Allmendinger 34 -44 2 0 0 0 0
27 Trevor Bayne 32 -46 2 0 0 0 0
28 Brian Scott 28 -50 2 0 0 0 0
29 Danica Patrick 27 -51 2 0 0 0 1
30 Michael Annett 26 -52 2 0 0 0 0
31 Landon Cassill 23 -55 2 0 0 0 0
32 David Ragan 22 -56 2 0 0 0 0
33 Brian Vickers 15 -63 1 0 0 0 0
34 Chris Buescher 15 -63 2 0 0 0 1
35 Clint Bowyer 14 -64 2 0 0 0 0
36 Matt DiBenedetto 13 -65 2 0 0 0 1
37 Michael Waltrip 12 -66 1 0 0 0 0
38 Bobby Labonte 11 -67 1 0 0 0 0
39 Cole Whitt 5 -73 1 0 0 0 0
40 Robert Richardson 3 -75 1 0 0 0 1
41 Jeffrey Earnhardt 3 -75 1 0 0 0 0
42 Josh Wise 2 -76 1 0 0 0 0
43 Ty Dillon 0 -78 2 0 0 0 0
44 David Gilliland 0 -78 0 0 0 0 0
45 Reed Sorenson 0 -78 0 0 0 0 0

 

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