NASCAR Recap: Jimmie Johnson wins 75th Career Sprint Cup Race

  • NASCAR Recap: Jimmie Johnson wins 75th Career Sprint Cup Race

NASCAR Recap: Jimmie Johnson wins 75th Career Sprint Cup Race

He started from the rear of the field after missing driver introductions, then spun coming out of Turn 4 and finished 42nd.

After weeks of controversies and disputes, Texas Motor Speedway provided a few refreshment to racing fans.

More fans showed up for Sunday's AAA Texas 500 than the previous year. The four now out, Keselowski, Logano, Kurt Busch and Carl Edwards, know what they need to do to advance to the championship round, but winning is much easier said than done in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Popular Team Chevy drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished the race sixth and Danica Patrick came in 16 position. Joey Logano, who blew a tire on the ninth lap and finished 40th, is eighth 63 points behind the cutoff and will need a victory to advance. He had heavy damage on the left rear of the No. 22, even though he kept it off the wall after spinning.

Most of the issues on the afternoon stemmed from tire troubles among most of the drivers. "He said his kids were beyond excited and thrilled, so he was just laughing that it didn't take long for him to fall for them too". This team isn't quitting yet.

"We've had really good race cars, and that allows us to overcome things like today with two flat tires", Harvick said. Placing third in the race was Kevin Harvick.

Keselowski led a track-record 312 of 334 laps after starting off the pole.

Camping World Truck Series points leader Erik Jones took over in Kenseth's No. 22 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing and the 19-year-old finished 12th.

A race is never over until it's over, and a caution with less than thirty laps to go set up a chance for someone to finally wrestle the lead away.

Kyle Busch leads the points race for at least two of the spots, ahead of defending Chase champion Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. Jimmie Johnson was lurking and moved into second place with fifteen laps remaining in the race. "I raised the track bar on that last run and the race, auto got tight on me", he explained. Johnson would complete the race-winning pass with 4 laps to go and hang on for his fifth victory of the season. I just kept the pressure on him, kept searching for the line. "As I sit right now, and maybe I'll change my mind, I don't know what I would have done differently, or could have done differently".

The No. 48 team may not be a part of the Chase, but continue to put out the same effort to win races that drivers still alive in the playoffs would.

"We were kind of a little loose the first couple runs and tried to snug it up just a little bit there for that last run", shrugged Busch. It's possible one of the drivers may still snatch one of the three remaining slots in the race.

Harvick started next to him on the front row and took the lead on lap 19. "That is a huge accomplishment and a lot to be proud of". Came up one spot short, which is unfortunate. We've just got to keep doing what we're doing and hopefully the smooth weekend is next week and the week after.

Next week the series heads to Phoenix global Raceway for the final race of the Eliminator Round, the race that will decide the final four championship hopefuls for the finale. During last year's format debut, both Keselowski and Jeff Gordon failed to make the finale even though they had a combined 10 victories, three of them Chase wins.