Jimmie Johnson roars to victory at Atlanta

HAMPTON, GA - MARCH 01: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 1, 2015 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

 

HAMPTON, GA - MARCH 01:  Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 1, 2015 in Hampton, Georgia.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
HAMPTON, GA – MARCH 01: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 1, 2015 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Jimmie Johnson staged a dominating performance in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Folds of QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway Sunday taking the lead for the final time with 63 laps to go and winning over Kevin Harvick with a lead of just over one and a half seconds. Johnson took the lead for the first time just past the 300-mile mark and led a total of 92 laps. The win was made sweeter after Johnson was denied the chance to qualify on Friday and forced to start 37th Sunday.

“We had a great race car” Johnson said. “Unfortunately the way qualifying went (Friday), we didn’t have a didn’t have a good pit stall pick and it took us a long time to get in front of the No. 19 (Carl Edwards). Once we did that we were able to utilize our awesome pit crew; get the stops done and race for the win and get the job done today. Just very, very thankful. They surprised me today. We weren’t that good yesterday and they really dug deep and figured out what I needed in this race car.”

Kevin Harvick, who was also forced to start from the back due to an engine change, led a race high 116 laps but settled for second. The runner up spot marking the fourth time in five of Johnson’s wins that Harvick has finished second behind him. Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished third with polesitter Joey Logano fourth and Matt Kenseth fifth. MORE>>>

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