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Johnson takes Superman to victory

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Monday 21st March, 2016 - 1:20pm

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Johnson in the Superman colours celebrates

Johnson in the Superman colours celebrates

A late race caution set-up an overtime finish at Fontana, with Jimmie Johnson scoring his 77th career win.

Johnson got the chance to take the race when Kyle Busch blew a tyre and hit just two laps from the end.

With all cars on old rubber, pit stops for four tyres was the call and Johnson, who re-started third, made his move with Kevin Harvick.

Sporting the colours of Superman, he got the jump on Denny Hamlin and then pulled alongside Harvick and pulled away for the win.

“I got a great run off of Turn 2, and I thought ‘Man I’ve got a shot at this thing,'” said Johnson.

“Which I didn’t expect to have. Harvick has been so fast. I cleared him and kind of got away.

“We saved our best for last, for sure. I told everybody Superman kicked Batman’s butt and it happened (teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. was driving the Batman car and finished 11th).”

For Harvick, it was late race heartbreak after being the dominant car on the long green flag runs. He now has 20 second place finishes in his career with Stewart-Haas Racing.

“That sucks,” said Harvick.

“Just way too tight right there. Couldn’t put the throttle down. Wouldn’t turn.

“We weren’t very good on restarts for four or five laps, unless we were all by ourselves.

“The No. 48 was able to hang with us, and we just weren’t able to drive it in like I needed to, just didn’t have the front tires turning and the back wouldn’t grip. Still, a good day for us. … We’ll keep at it.”

Two big wrecks on the day went the way of Kyle Larson and Danica Patrick. Larson had a single car incident when he had a tyre let go on the backstretch, which sent him hard into the inside wall.

While Patrick was turned by Kasey Kahne on the front stretch. Both drivers were OK.

NASCAR takes the Easter break off, before returning on the first weekend of April at Martinsville.

VIDEO: Race recap

RESULTS: Auto Club 400 – Fontana

POS. CAR # DRIVER MAKE START LAPS LAPS LED FINAL STATUS POINTS  BONUS POINTS
1 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 19 205 25 Running 44 4
2 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 2 205 142 Running 41 2
3 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 3 205 2 Running 39 1
4 22 Joey Logano Ford 9 205 3 Running 38 1
5 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 18 205 0 Running 36 0
6 24 Chase Elliott Chevrolet 8 205 1 Running 36 1
7 19 Carl Edwards Toyota 5 205 9 Running 35 1
8 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 11 205 0 Running 33 0
9 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 15 205 0 Running 32 0
10 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 10 205 0 Running 31 0
11 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 27 205 0 Running 30 0
12 44 Brian Scott Ford 21 205 0 Running 29 0
13 14 Brian Vickers Chevrolet 24 205 0 Running 28 0
14 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 4 205 0 Running 27 0
15 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 13 205 0 Running 26 0
16 38 Landon Cassill Ford 34 205 0 Running 25 0
17 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet 23 205 0 Running 24 0
18 15 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 29 205 0 Running 23 0
19 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 20 205 2 Running 23 1
20 6 Trevor Bayne Ford 7 205 0 Running 21 0
21 43 Aric Almirola Ford 25 205 0 Running 20 0
22 23 David Ragan Toyota 35 205 0 Running 19 0
23 7 Regan Smith Chevrolet 28 205 0 Running 18 0
24 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 1 205 0 Running 17 0
25 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 6 205 0 Running 16 0
26 98 Cole Whitt Chevrolet 36 205 0 Running 15 0
27 83 Matt DiBenedetto Toyota 33 205 0 Running 14 0
28 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 12 205 0 Running 13 0
29 46 Michael Annett Chevrolet 38 205 0 Running 12 0
30 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 26 205 0 Running 11 0
31 95 Michael McDowell Chevrolet 30 205 0 Running 10 0
32 78 Martin Truex Jr Toyota 17 204 21 Running 10 1
33 34 Chris Buescher Ford 16 204 0 Running 8 0
34 32 Jeffrey Earnhardt Ford 39 200 0 Running 7 0
35 21 Ryan Blaney Ford 14 195 0 Accident 6 0
36 30 Josh Wise Chevrolet 37 195 0 Running 5 0
37 16 Greg Biffle Ford 22 146 0 Engine 4 0
38 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 31 120 0 Accident 3 0
39 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 32 46 0 Accident 2 0

STANDINGS

POS DRIVER POINTS BEHIND STARTS WINS TOP 5 TOP 10 DNF
1 Kevin Harvick 195 Leader 5 1 3 5 0
2 Jimmie Johnson 184 -11 5 2 3 3 0
3 Carl Edwards 171 -24 5 0 3 4 0
4 Denny Hamlin 170 -25 5 1 3 3 0
5 Kyle Busch 170 -25 5 0 4 4 0
6 Joey Logano 165 -30 5 0 2 3 0
7 Kurt Busch 148 -47 5 0 1 4 0
8 Dale Earnhardt Jr 145 -50 5 0 2 3 1
9 Brad Keselowski 142 -53 5 1 1 3 0
10 Austin Dillon 139 -56 5 0 1 3 0
11 Martin Truex Jr 127 -68 5 0 1 2 0
12 Jamie McMurray 125 -70 5 0 0 1 0
13 Aric Almirola 120 -75 5 0 0 0 0
14 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 119 -76 5 0 1 2 1
15 Matt Kenseth 113 -82 5 0 0 1 1
16 Chase Elliott 110 -85 5 0 0 3 1
17 Ryan Blaney 110 -85 5 0 0 2 1
18 Kasey Kahne 109 -86 5 0 0 1 0
19 AJ Allmendinger 108 -87 5 0 0 1 0
20 Ryan Newman 95 -100 5 0 0 0 1
21 Trevor Bayne 95 -100 5 0 0 0 0
22 Paul Menard 91 -104 5 0 0 0 1
23 Regan Smith 88 -107 5 0 0 1 0
24 Kyle Larson 87 -108 5 0 0 1 1
25 Brian Scott 85 -110 5 0 0 0 0
26 Casey Mears 84 -111 5 0 0 0 0
27 Greg Biffle 80 -115 5 0 0 0 1
28 Landon Cassill 77 -118 5 0 0 0 0
29 Danica Patrick 72 -123 5 0 0 0 2
30 David Ragan 67 -128 5 0 0 0 0
31 Clint Bowyer 66 -129 5 0 0 0 0
32 Michael McDowell 61 -134 5 0 0 0 0
33 Matt DiBenedetto 58 -137 5 0 0 0 1
34 Michael Annett 57 -138 5 0 0 0 0
35 Chris Buescher 49 -146 5 0 0 0 1
36 Brian Vickers 48 -147 3 0 0 0 0
37 Cole Whitt 27 -168 4 0 0 0 2
38 Josh Wise 20 -175 4 0 0 0 0
39 Jeffrey Earnhardt 18 -177 3 0 0 0 0
40 Michael Waltrip 12 -183 1 0 0 0 0
41 Bobby Labonte 11 -184 1 0 0 0 0
42 Robert Richardson 3 -192 1 0 0 0 1
43 Ty Dillon 0 -195 3 0 0 0 0
44 Joey Gase 0 -195 1 0 0 0 0
45 David Gilliland 0 -195 0 0 0 0 0
46 Reed Sorenson 0 -195 0 0 0 0 0

 

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