It was just a matter of time before Jimmie Johnson won again at a mile and a half. Johnson got that win Sunday with a dominating performance in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series AAA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.
Johnson led a total of 255 of the 334 laps in route to his sixth win of the season and his first since in September. Matt Kenseth, Johnson’s nearest rival in the championship Chase, overcame pit road issues including a slow stop and a penalty that dropped him back in the field. He was able to rally back to finish 4th. Jeff Gordon who won a week prior at Martinsville to get back in the Chase saw his hopes end when he hit the wall early in the race; he would return but finished 40th 184 laps down.
Carl Edwards led the field to the green from pole but was chased by Jimmie Johnson. It wasn’t long before the top runners stretched out into a single line. On lap 10 Johnson passed Edwards for the lead on the high side entering turn 3. The first caution came out on lap 15 for debris. The leaders came in for their first stops; all got four tires with Edwards leading the race off pit road, Johnson second. MORE>>>
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