Fort Worth, TX (SportsNetwork.com) – Jimmie Johnson won a Sprint Cup Series
race at Texas Motor Speedway for a record-extending fifth time after he held
off Kevin Harvick and Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the closing laps of Saturday
night’s Duck Commander 500.
Johnson, the six-time Sprint Cup champion, took the lead for the final time
with 14 laps to go when he passed Harvick, running second at the time, and
then McMurray for the top spot. He beat Harvick to the finish line by 1.1
Harvick passed Earnhardt for second coming out the final turn of the last lap
and then beat Earnhardt to the line by only 0.038 seconds.
Joey Logano, who won this race one year ago, finished fourth, followed by Brad
Keselowski and McMurray.
Johnson’s first four wins at Texas occurred in the fall race, which is part of
the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Johnson claimed his second victory
of the season and the 72nd of his Cup career. He won the March 1 race at
Atlanta, a 1.5-mile track similar to Texas.