Sunday, March 1, 2015

Jimmie Johnson Wins at Atlanta

Originally written for CLNS Radio. 

Jimmie Johnson won the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 from Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday afternoon.

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Johnson was dominant during the race, leading 92 of 325 laps.  He said his car was extremely fast, which proved to be the difference when racing Kevin Harvick, who led a race-high 116 laps.

“I had a blast racing with the 4 [of Harvick], he was awfully strong today,” Johnson said.  “I think track position there at the end just kind of set things in place, and we got the restart we needed to and cleared the 88 [of Dale Earnhardt Jr.] and off we went.”

The race was the first real test for teams this season as NASCAR rolled out its new rules package.  The new rules are similar to NASCAR stock cars before the debut of the Car of Tomorrow in 2007. 

Prior to the start of the season, many people believed the new rules would play right into Johnson’s driving style, and Johnson said his team stepped up to the challenge.

“I’m just so excited that…this new team could understand what I was complaining about and what I didn’t like about my racecar,” Johnson said.  “We had some troubles on pit road, but once we kind of got through and got by the 19 [of Carl Edwards], that allowed us to get track position.”

Unofficial results:
1. Jimmie Johnson
2. Kevin Harvick
3. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
4. Joey Logano
5. Matt Kenseth
6. Martin Truex Jr.
7. AJ Allmendinger
8. Brett Moffitt
9. Brad Keselowski
10. Ryan Newman
11. Aric Almirola
12. Carl Edwards
13. Paul Menard
14. Kasey Kahne
15. Casey Mears
16. Danica Patrick
17. Regan Smith
18. David Ragan
19. Trevor Bayne
20. Justin Allgaier
21. Sam Hornish Jr.
22. David Gilliland
23. Alex Bowman
24. Clint Bowyer
25. Greg Biffle
26. Kyle Larson
27. Michael McDowell
28. Brendan Gaughan
29. Michael Annett
30. Tony Stewart
31. Mike Bliss
32. Josh Wise
33. Joe Nemechek
34. J.J. Yeley
35. Jeb Burton
36. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
37. Cole Whitt
38. Denny Hamlin
39. Austin Dillon
40. Jamie McMurray
41. Jeff Gordon
42. Ron Hornaday Jr.
43. Landon Cassill

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