Sunday, May 10, 2015

Johnson Wins SpongeBob SquarePants 400

Originally written for CLNS Radio.

Jimmie Johnson won the SpongeBob SquarePants 400 from Kansas Speedway on Saturday night.

Photo courtesy Adam Niemeyer
Johnson picked up his series-leading third victory of the season at Kansas.  The win followed another disappointing qualifying session for the No. 48 team.  Johnson said he used his experience to get past the disappointing starting positions.

“We tried so hard to get our qualifying under control and we put a huge effort into it again,” Johnson said.  “To be 19th…it really stunk.”

Rain delayed the event for over two hours following a caution on lap 94.  When the race restarted, the track was very different from the start of the race.  Johnson said everyone struggled with handling throughout the night.

“A long hard night of racing and fighting for track position,” Johnson said.  “Once we got up front we were able to hang on to it.”

“These guys just worked so hard and I’m proud of everybody.”

Unofficial results:

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

Photo courtesy Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Big thanks to friend and fellow CLNS Radio contributor Adam Niemeyer for the photo of Johnson's burnout. Check out his blog here.

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