Jimmie Johnson hangs on late to score fourth career Atlanta win

B_DIHW7UwAAaFJcJimmie Johnson held off Kevin Harvick – by 1.802 seconds – Sunday in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500, and finds himself in victory lane after starting from the back of the field (37th) at Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS).

This was Johnson’s 71st series career victory, his fourth series win at AMS and joins last week’s Daytona 500 winner, Joey Logano, in receiving a spot in the “chase for the Sprint Cup championship.”

Following Johnson and Harvick (who also had to start from the back of the field due to an engine change, led the most laps – 116 out or 325) to the drop of the checkered flag were Dale Earnhard Jr. finishing third, pole-sitter Joey Logano fourth and Matt Kenseth finished fifth.

Rounding out the top-10 finishing positions were Martin Truex Jr. claiming sixth, AJ Allmendinger seventh, Brett Moffitt eighth, Brad Keselowski ninth and Ryan Newman brought home 10th-place.

With his fourth-place finish, Joey Logano leaves Atlanta with a 1-point lead over today’s winner, Jimmie Johnson.

RACE NOTES:
Average Speed: 131.078 MPH
Time of Race: 03 Hrs, 49 Mins, 06 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 1.802 Seconds
Lead Changes: 28 among 12 drivers
Cautions: 10 for 54 laps

Next Up: The Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday, March 8th, with an approximate starting time of 3:50 pm (ET), and FOX will continue their television coverage.




Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Race Results
Pos. Car # Driver Laps Status Laps Led Points Bonus Points
1 48 Jimmie Johnson 325 Running 92 47 4
2 4 Kevin Harvick 325 Running 116 44 2
3 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 325 Running 1 42 1
4 22 Joey Logano 325 Running 84 41 1
5 20 Matt Kenseth 325 Running 10 40 1
6 78 Martin Truex Jr. 325 Running 0 38 0
7 47 AJ Allmendinger 325 Running 0 37 0
8 55 Brett Moffitt 325 Running 1 37 1
9 2 Brad Keselowski 325 Running 2 36 1
10 31 Ryan Newman 325 Running 0 34 0
11 43 Aric Almirola 325 Running 0 33 0
12 19 Carl Edwards 325 Running 0 32 0
13 27 Paul Menard 325 Running 0 31 0
14 5 Kasey Kahne 324 Running 0 30 0
15 13 Casey Mears 324 Running 0 29 0
16 10 Danica Patrick 324 Running 0 28 0
17 41 Regan Smith (i) 324 Running 0 0 0
18 18 David Ragan 323 Running 0 26 0
19 6 Trevor Bayne 323 Running 0 25 0
20 51 Justin Allgaier 323 Running 0 24 0
21 9 Sam Hornish Jr. 323 Running 0 23 0
22 38 David Gilliland 322 Running 1 23 1
23 7 Alex Bowman 322 Running 0 21 0
24 15 Clint Bowyer 321 Running 1 21 1
25 16 Greg Biffle 320 Running 0 19 0
26 42 Kyle Larson 320 Running 0 18 0
27 95 Michael McDowell 320 Running 0 17 0
28 62 Brendan Gaughan (i) 320 Running 0 0 0
29 33 Michael Annett 319 Running 0 15 0
30 14 Tony Stewart 319 Running 0 14 0
31 32 Mike Bliss(i) 318 Running 2 0 0
32 98 Josh Wise 318 Running 0 12 0
33 34 Joe Nemechek(i) 318 Running 1 0 0
34 23 J.J. Yeley (i) 316 Running 0 0 0
35 26 Jeb Burton # 316 Running 0 9 0
36 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 302 Accident 0 8 0
37 35 Cole Whitt 295 Engine 0 7 0
38 11 Denny Hamlin 284 Running 14 7 1
39 3 Austin Dillon 282 Running 0 5 0
40 1 Jamie McMurray 256 Accident 0 4 0
41 24 Jeff Gordon 256 Accident 0 3 0
42 30 Ron Hornaday 187 Rear Gear 0 2 0
43 40 Landon Cassill (i) 92 Engine 0 0 0

# – Rookie
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series

2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Unofficial Point Standings After Daytona
After Race 2 of the 2015 season at Atlanta Motor Speedway
Pos. Car # Driver Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5s Top 10s DNF
1 22 Joey Logano 88 Leader 2 1 2 2 0
2 48 Jimmie Johnson 87 -1 2 1 2 2 0
3 4 Kevin Harvick 86 -2 2 0 2 2 0
4 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 84 -4 2 0 2 2 0
5 78 Martin Truex Jr. 75 -13 2 0 0 2 0
6 13 Casey Mears 68 -20 2 0 0 1 0
7 5 Kasey Kahne 65 -23 2 0 0 1 0
8 47 AJ Allmendinger 62 -26 2 0 0 1 0
9 43 Aric Almirola 62 -26 2 0 0 0 0
10 15 Clint Bowyer 58 -30 2 0 0 1 0
11 38 David Gilliland 56 -32 2 0 0 0 0
12 9 Sam Hornish Jr. 55 -33 2 0 0 0 0
13 16 Greg Biffle 54 -34 2 0 0 1 0
14 19 Carl Edwards 54 -34 2 0 0 0 0
15 18 David Ragan 53 -35 2 0 0 0 0
16 10 Danica Patrick 51 -37 2 0 0 0 0
17 27 Paul Menard 50 -38 2 0 0 0 0
18 20 Matt Kenseth 49 -39 2 0 0 1 0
19 11 Denny Hamlin 48 -40 2 0 0 1 0
20 46 Michael Annett 47 -41 2 0 0 0 0
21 31 Ryan Newman 40 -48 2 0 0 1 0
22 2 Brad Keselowski 39 -49 2 0 0 1 1
23 6 Trevor Bayne 39 -49 2 0 0 0 0
24 55 Brett Moffitt 37 -51 1 0 0 1 0
25 3 Austin Dillon 35 -53 2 0 0 0 0
26 51 Justin Allgaier 31 -57 2 0 0 0 1
27 95 Michael McDowell 30 -58 2 0 0 0 0
28 35 Cole Whitt 29 -59 2 0 0 0 1
29 42 Kyle Larson 28 -60 2 0 0 0 1
30 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 23 -65 2 0 0 0 1
31 7 Alex Bowman 21 -67 1 0 0 0 0
32 1 Jamie McMurray 21 -67 2 0 0 0 1
33 32 Bobby Labonte 20 -68 1 0 0 0 0
34 55 Michael Waltrip 18 -70 1 0 0 0 0
35 14 Tony Stewart 16 -72 2 0 0 0 1
36 24 Jeff Gordon 16 -72 2 0 0 0 1
37 44 Reed Sorenson 12 -76 1 0 0 0 0
38 98 Josh Wise 12 -76 1 0 0 0 0
39 26 Jeb Burton 9 -79 1 0 0 0 0
40 66 Mike Wallace 8 -80 1 0 0 0 0
41 30 Ron Hornaday Jr. 2 -86 1 0 0 0 1

# – Rookie
Gold – Locked in Chase

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2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Owner Standing 
After Race 2 of the 2015 season at Atlanta Motor Speedway
Pos. Owner Car # Points Behind Attempts Starts
1 Walter Czarnecki 22 88 Leader 2 2
2 Jeff Gordon 48 87 -1 2 2
3 Tony Stewart 4 86 -2 2 2
4 Rick Hendrick 88 84 -4 2 2
5 Barney Visser 78 75 -13 2 2
6 Bob Germain 13 68 -20 2 2
7 Linda Hendrick 5 65 -23 2 2
8 Tad Geschickter 47 62 -26 2 2
9 Richard Petty 43 62 -26 2 2
10 Rob Kauffman 15 58 -30 2 2
11 Brad Jenkins 38 56 -32 2 2
12 Michael Waltrip 55 55 -33 2 2
13 Richard Petty 9 55 -33 2 2
14 Gene Haas 41 55 -33 2 2
15 Jack Roush 16 54 -34 2 2
16 J D Gibbs 19 54 -34 2 2
17 Joe Gibbs 18 52 -36 2 2
18 Tony Stewart 10 51 -37 2 2
19 Richard Childress 27 50 -38 2 2
20 Joe Gibbs 20 49 -39 2 2
21 JD Gibbs 11 48 -40 2 2
22 Richard Childress 31 40 -48 2 2
23 Roger Penske 2 39 -49 2 2
24 Jerry Freeze 34 39 -49 2 2
25 John Henry 6 39 -49 2 2
26 Richard Childress 3 35 -53 2 2
27 Archie St Hilaire 32 34 -54 2 2
28 Harry Scott 46 32 -56 2 2
29 Harry Scott 51 31 -57 2 2
30 Joe Falk 33 31 -57 2 2
31 Bob Leavine 95 30 -58 2 2
32 Bob Jenkins 35 29 -59 2 2
33 Chip Ganassi 42 28 -60 2 2
34 Ron Devine 83 25 -63 2 2
35 John Henry 17 23 -65 2 2
36 Tommy Baldwin 7 21 -67 2 2
37 Felix Sabates 1 21 -67 2 2
38 Jay Robinson 62 16 -72 2 2
39 Margaret Haas 14 16 -72 2 2
40 Rick Hendrick 24 16 -72 2 2
41 Ron Devine 23 15 -73 2 2
42 John Cohen 44 12 -76 1 1
43 Mike Curb 98 12 -76 2 2
44 Anthony Marlowe 26 9 -79 2 2
45 Jay Robinson 66 8 -80 2 2
46 Glen Wood 21 5 -83 1 1
47 Curtis Key 30 2 -86 2 2
48 Michael Hillman 40 2 -86 2 2
49 Robby Benton 129 0 -88 2 2

 

2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Manufacturer Standings
After Race 2 of the 2015 season at Atlanta Motor Speedway
Pos. Manufacturer Points Behind Wins
1 Chevrolet 89 Leader 1
2 Ford 88 -1 1
3 Toyota 81 -8 0

 

 

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