Jimmie Johnson emerges from chaos at the Glen on top

Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Cortez Silver Chevrolet, races during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Finger Lakes 355 at the Glen at Watkins Glen International on August 12, 2012 in Watkins Glen, New York. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Cortez Silver Chevrolet, races during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Finger Lakes 355 at the Glen at Watkins Glen International on August 12, 2012 in Watkins Glen, New York. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

It was a finish that was chaotic at best. Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup series race at Watkins Glen delivered a wild ending that sent cars spinning and left some with dashed Chase hopes.

It also left five time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson back on top of the Sprint Cup standings after surviving to finish third.

Johnson was never in contention for the win, but ran inside the top ten most of the 90 laps. The havoc began on the final laps when oil put down on the track send the leader, Kyle Busch, spinning and others barely holding on to finish.

Johnson said he was caught up in the oil like many others. MORE>>>

About Greg Engle 7420 Articles
Greg is a published award winning sportswriter who spent 23 years combined active and active reserve military service, much of that in and around the Special Operations community. Greg is the author of "The Nuts and Bolts of NASCAR: The Definitive Viewers' Guide to Big-Time Stock Car Auto Racing" and has been published in major publications across the country including the Los Angeles Times, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was also a contributor to Chicken Soup for the NASCAR Soul, published in 2010, and the Christmas edition in 2016. He wrote as the NASCAR, Formula 1, Auto Reviews and National Veterans Affairs Examiner for Examiner.com and has appeared on Fox News. He holds a BS degree in communications, a Masters degree in psychology and is currently a PhD candidate majoring in psychology. He is currently the weekend Motorsports Editor for Autoweek.