Sunday, March 20, 2016

Johnson Wins in California

Originally written for CLNS Radio.

Jimmie Johnson won the Auto Club 400 from Auto Club Speedway on Sunday afternoon.

Photo courtesy "NASCAR on NBC" Facebook.
Johnson took the lead after the race was sent into overtime following a late caution.  Johnson said he had a strong car at the very end of the race, which allowed him to overtake Kevin Harvick in the final laps.

“Harvick and I got by Joey [Logano] there at the start, and I got a great run off Turn 2,” Johnson said.  “I thought, ‘I actually got a shot at this thing,’ which I didn’t expect to have.”

“Harvick’s been so fast and I cleared him and I kind of got away.  We saved our best for last.”

Harvick, who led a race-high 142 laps, said his car didn’t take off well on restarts.

“We weren’t very good on restarts for four or five laps unless we were all by ourselves,” Harvick said.  “The 48 [of Johnson] was able to hang with us and we weren’t able to drive it in like we needed to.”

Unofficial results:
1. Jimmie Johnson
2. Kevin Harvick
3. Denny Hamlin
4. Joey Logano
5. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
6. Chase Elliott
7. Carl Edwards
8. AJ Allmendinger
9. Brad Keselowski
10. Jamie McMurray
11. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
12. Brian Scott
13. Brian Vickers
14. Ryan Newman
15. Paul Menard
16. Landon Cassill
17. Casey Mears
18. Clint Bowyer
19. Matt Kenseth
20. Trevor Bayne
21. Aric Almirola
22. David Ragan
23. Regan Smith
24. Austin Dillon
25. Kyle Busch
26. Cole Whitt
27. Matt DiBenedetto
28. Kasey Kahne
29. Michael Annett
30. Kurt Busch
31. Michael McDowell
32. Martin Truex Jr.
33. Chris Buescher
34. Jeffrey Earnhardt
35. Ryan Blaney
36. Josh Wise
37. Greg Biffle
38. Danica Patrick
39. Kyle Larson

Photo courtesy Jonathan Moore/Getty Images

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