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Johnson wins again in Bristol

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Tuesday 25th April, 2017 - 6:59am

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Jimmie Johnson

Jimmie Johnson has gone back-to-back in taking his 82nd NASCAR Cup victory in the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Johnson started 11th after owners’ points set the grid due to a qualifying washout, dropping as low as 19th in the early stages before clawing his way to the pointy end of the field around the 100-lap mark.

The Hendrick Motorsports driver led for the first time upon the seventh restart with just over 100 laps to go, making side-by-side contact with Joey Logano on his way past.

He had to do it again after what would be the final restart with 31 laps to go, and would soon be chasing leader Kevin Harvick together with Kyle Larson.

Johnson made the final lead change on Lap 480 of 500, going on to win at Bristol for the second time.

“This track’s been difficult over the years and we really hit on something (on) Saturday afternoon,” explained the seven-time Cup champion.

“On that practice session we were on the bottom (lane) and honestly it’s what I’ve been looking for, for 16 years.

“I finally figured it out, so I’m very, very happy.”

Clint Bowyer finished second, ahead of Harvick, Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano.

Pit lane speeding penalties played a significant role in the outcome.

Larson had led the first 202 laps but broke the speed limit during the eighth caution on Lap 423, putting the pole-sitter back to 17th before eventually finishing 6th and holding on to his points lead.

Stage 2 winner Martin Truex Jnr was also slapped with a speeding penalty, taking up 15th at the ninth and final restart, after which he climbed to eighth.

The next race is the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway on Monday May 1 (AEST).

VIDEO: Race highlights

Results: Food City 500 – Bristol Motor Speedway

Pos No Driver Manufacturer Laps Laps led Status Points
1 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 500 81 Running 54
2 14 Clint Bowyer Ford 500 0 Running 35
3 4 Kevin Harvick Ford 500 14 Running 41
4 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 500 0 Running 33
5 22 Joey Logano Ford 500 72 Running 48
6 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 500 202 Running 45
7 24 Chase Elliott Chevrolet 500 0 Running 35
8 78 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 500 116 Running 48
9 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 500 0 Running 29
10 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 500 10 Running 33
11 6 Trevor Bayne Ford 500 0 Running 28
12 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 500 0 Running 35
13 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 500 0 Running 24
14 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 500 0 Running 23
15 13 Ty Dillon Chevrolet 500 0 Running 22
16 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 499 0 Running 21
17 77 Erik Jones Toyota 499 0 Running 33
18 19 Daniel Suarez Toyota 498 0 Running 19
19 32 Matt DiBenedetto Ford 498 0 Running 18
20 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 498 0 Running 17
21 72 Cole Whitt Chevrolet 498 0 Running 16
22 43 Aric Almirola Ford 497 0 Running 15
23 38 David Ragan Ford 497 0 Running 14
24 83 Corey LaJoie Toyota 497 0 Running 13
25 41 Kurt Busch Ford 494 0 Running 12
26 95 Michael McDowell Chevrolet 494 0 Running 11
27 33 Jeffrey Earnhardt Chevrolet 491 0 Running 10
28 15 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 490 0 Running 9
29 23 Gray Gaulding Toyota 487 0 Running 8
30 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 482 0 Running 9
31 55 Derrike Cope Toyota 465 0 Running 6
32 34 Landon Cassill Ford 458 5 Running 5
33 21 Ryan Blaney Ford 452 0 Running 4
34 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 433 0 Running 3
35 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 383 0 Accident 3
36 10 Danica Patrick Ford 320 0 Accident 1
37 51 Timmy Hill Chevrolet 234 0 Mechanical 0
38 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 218 0 Accident 1
39 37 Chris Buescher Chevrolet 53 0 Accident 1

Standings

Pos Driver Pts Behind Wins Starts Top 5s Top 10s Poles
1 Kyle Larson 360 Leader 1 8 3 6 1
2 Chase Elliott 333 -27 0 8 2 6 1
3 Martin Truex Jr. 323 -37 1 8 5 5 0
4 Joey Logano 291 -69 0 8 5 7 1
5 Brad Keselowski 277 -83 2 8 2 6 1
6 Jimmie Johnson 244 -116 2 8 0 3 0
7 Jamie McMurray 244 -116 0 8 2 4 0
8 Clint Bowyer 239 -121 0 8 2 4 0
9 Kevin Harvick 239 -121 0 8 1 4 2
10 Ryan Blaney 228 -132 0 8 2 3 0
11 Kyle Busch 214 -146 0 8 0 3 0
12 Erik Jones 192 -168 0 8 0 1 0
13 Trevor Bayne 192 -168 0 8 1 1 0
14 Ryan Newman 186 -174 1 8 0 2 0
15 Denny Hamlin 184 -176 0 8 1 3 0
16 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 168 -192 0 8 1 3 0
17 Kasey Kahne 164 -196 0 8 1 2 0
18 Kurt Busch 163 -197 1 8 1 3 0
19 Aric Almirola 161 -199 0 8 2 1 0
20 Matt Kenseth 159 -201 0 8 1 4 0
21 Austin Dillon 154 -206 0 8 0 1 0
22 Daniel Suarez 144 -216 0 8 0 2 0
23 Ty Dillon 144 -216 0 8 1 0 0
24 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 134 -226 0 8 1 1 0
25 Paul Menard 127 -233 0 8 1 1 0
26 AJ Allmendinger 116 -244 0 8 0 2 0
27 Michael McDowell 102 -258 0 8 0 0 0
28 Chris Buescher 94 -266 0 8 0 0 0
29 Cole Whitt 94 -266 0 8 0 0 0
30 Danica Patrick 91 -269 0 8 0 0 0
31 Matt DiBenedetto 90 -270 0 8 0 1 0
32 Landon Cassill 88 -272 0 8 0 0 0
33 David Ragan 79 -281 0 8 0 0 0
34 Corey LaJoie 52 -308 0 8 0 0 0
35 Reed Sorenson 39 -321 0 7 0 0 0
36 Jeffrey Earnhardt 34 -326 0 8 0 0 0
37 Michael Waltrip 29 -331 0 1 0 1 0
38 Gray Gaulding 25 -335 0 7 0 0 0
39 Derrike Cope 15 -345 0 6 0 0 0
40 D.J. Kennington 1 -359 0 1 0 0 0
41 Cody Ware 1 -359 0 1 0 0 0
42 Brendan Gaughan 0 -360 0 1 0 0 0
43 Elliott Sadler 0 -360 0 1 0 0 0
44 Joey Gase 0 -360 0 1 0 0 0
45 JJ Yeley 0 -360 0 1 0 0 0
46 Timmy Hill 0 -360 0 6 3 0 0

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