Jimmie Johnson, behind the wheel of his No. 48 Lowe’s-Kobalt Chevrolet, racked up his third NASCAR Sprint Cup series race this season. Johnson captured the checkered flag at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) during the running of the Quicken Loans 400 on Sunday. It was the six-time NASCAR Champion’s first MIS victory during his career.
Michigan has proven to be a hard track for Johnson to conquer despite the tremendous success that he has had in NASCAR. Over the years a series of misfortunes has hit Johnson just as it seemed he would win a race. In 2008 Johnson was leading the race with three laps to go when he ran out of gas. A couple of years later in 2012 Johnson was leading the race with less than ten laps to go when disaster struck again. As the countdown of laps to the win began a blown engine ended his day with only six laps left.
Johnson celebrated in victory lane after the win and commented on how special it is for a driver to win a race on Father’s day as so many drivers have grown up in the sport with supportive parents.
“What an awesome day - to win on Father’s Day,” Johnson said during post-race celebrations. “Just an awesome, awesome performance.”
This year Johnson pushed aside the past and capture the formally elusive MIS win while proving that concerns over his lack of winning only a few short weeks ago were unjustified. Johnson has won three of the last four NASCAR Sprint Cup Races and it is the fifth win in a row for Hendrick Motorsports.
In addition, Hendrick drivers hold the top three spots in the points and packed the top ten of the Quicken Loans 400. The point’s leader after Michigan is Jeff Gordon followed by Johnson with Dale Earnhardt Jr in third. Fellow Hendrick team member Kasey Kahne moved into the 19 position after a good finish at MIS. Johnson won the race, Kahne came in fifth followed by Gordon in sixth and Earnhardt in seventh.
Johnson, who only actually led 36 laps of the race, said losing at Michigan was finally in the past. His team worked the entire race to keep his car on top of the track as it changed keeping him close to the front the entire race.
“We figured out every way to lose this race,” Johnson said commenting on the win and the great day that Hendrick drivers had. “And today we found a way to get it done!”
The official Top Ten drivers from Michigan were; Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Paul Menard, Kasey Kahne, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Kyle Larson, Joey Logano, and Clint Bowyer.
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