Jimmie Johnson scores his 76th career Sprint Cup win, tying Dale Earnhardt on the all-time wins list

CcVRBXtWoAA1a0VThe 2013 and six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) champion, Jimmie Johnson finished ahead (under caution) of fellow Hendrick Motorsports teammate, Dale Earnhardt Jr., to win Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS).

Johnson, who won this event last year, received his first series victory and first top-10 finish of the 2016 season, his 76th series career victory in 509 races and his fifth series victory in 25 races at AMS.

Following Johnson and Earnhardt to the drop of the checkered flag were Kyle Busch finishing third, Kurt Busch fourth and Carl Edwards finished fifth.

Rounding out the top-10 finishing positions were Kevin Harvick (led the the most laps – 131 out 330) taking sixth-place, Martin Truex Jr. seventh, series Rookie of the Year (ROTY) candidate, Chase Elliott eighth, Brad Keselowski ninth and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. bringing home 10th-place.

With his 3rd-place finish, the defending series champion, Kyle Busch, takes over the points lead and leaves Atlanta with a three-point lead over Martin Truex Jr.

RACE NOTES:
Average Speed: 155.863 MPH
Time of Race: 03 Hrs, 15 Mins, 38 Secs.
Margin of Victory: Caution
Lead Changes: 28 among 8 drivers
Cautions: 3 for 13 laps

Up Next: The Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday, March 6th, with an approximate drop of the green flag at 3:50 p.m. (ET) and television coverage provided by FOX.

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Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Race Results
Pos. Car # Driver Laps Status Laps Led Points Bonus Points
1 48 Jimmie Johnson 330 Running 52 44 4
2 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 330 Running 0 39 0
3 18 Kyle Busch 330 Running 2 39 1
4 41 Kurt Busch 330 Running 62 38 1
5 19 Carl Edwards 330 Running 1 37 1
6 4 Kevin Harvick 330 Running 131 37 2
7 78 Martin Truex Jr. 330 Running 34 35 1
8 24 Chase Elliott # 330 Running 0 33 0
9 2 Brad Keselowski 330 Running 0 32 0
10 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 330 Running 0 31 0
11 3 Austin Dillon 330 Running 0 30 0
12 22 Joey Logano 330 Running 0 29 0
16 16 Greg Biffle 329 Running 0 28 0
14 13 Casey Mears 329 Running 0 27 0
15 43 Aric Almirola 328 Running 0 26 0
16 11 Denny Hamlin 328 Running 0 25 0
17 14 Ty Dillon (i) 328 Running 0 0 0
18 27 Paul Menard 328 Running 0 23 0
19 20 Matt Kenseth 328 Running 47 23 1
20 10 Danica Patrick 328 Running 0 21 0
21 1 Jamie McMurray 328 Running 0 20 0
22 6 Trevor Bayne 328 Running 0 19 0
23 5 Kasey Kahne 328 Running 0 18 0
24 31 Ryan Newman 328 Running 0 17 0
25 21 Ryan Blaney # 328 Running 0 16 0
26 42 Kyle Larson 327 Running 0 15 0
27 47 AJ Allmendinger 326 Running 0 14 0
28 34 Chris Bueshcher # 326 Running 0 13 0
29 83 Matt Dibenedetto 326 Running 0 12 0
30 46 Michael Annett 325 Running 0 11 0
31 44 Brian Scott # 324 Running 0 10 0
32 23 David Ragan 323 Running 0 9 0
33 95 Michael McDowell 323 Running 0 8 0
34 7 Regan Smith 323 Running 0 7 0
35 15 Clint Bowyer 322 Running 0 6 0
36 38 Landon Cassill 321 Running 0 5 0
37 98 Cole Whitt 318 Running 1 5 1
38 32 Jeffrey Earnhardt # 313 Running 0 3 0
39 30 Josh Wise 312 Running 0 2 0

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

2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Points Standings
After Race 2 at Atlanta Motor Speedway
Pos. Car # Driver Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5s Top 10s DNF
1 18 Kyle Busch 78 Leader 2 0 2 2 0
2 78 Martin Truex Jr. 75 -3 2 0 1 2 0
3 4 Kevin Harvick 74 -4 2 0 1 2 0
4 19 Carl Edwards 73 -5 2 0 2 2 0
5 11 Denny Hamlin 70 -8 2 1 1 1 0
6 48 Jimmie Johnson 70 -8 2 1 1 1 0
7 41 Kurt Busch 69 -9 2 0 1 2 0
8 22 Joey Logano 64 -14 2 0 0 1 0
9 3 Austin Dillon 63 -15 2 0 0 1 0
10 43 Aric Almirola 55 -23 2 0 0 0 0
11 2 Brad Keselowski 54 -24 2 0 0 1 0
12 20 Matt Kenseth 51 -27 2 0 0 0 0
13 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 50 -28 2 0 0 1 0
14 42 Kyle Larson 49 -29 2 0 0 1 0
15 31 Ryan Newman 48 -30 2 0 0 0 0
16 5 Kasey Kahne 46 -32 2 0 0 0 0
Points Outside the Top 16
17 27 Paul Menard 46 -32 2 0 0 0 0
18 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 45 -33 2 0 1 1 1
19 1 Jamie McMurray 44 -34 2 0 0 0 0
20 7 Regan Smith 40 -38 2 0 0 1 0
21 24 Chase Elliott # 38 -40 2 0 0 1 0
22 21 Ryan Blaney # 38 -40 2 0 0 0 0
23 13 Casey Mears 36 -42 2 0 0 0 0
24 16 Greg Biffle 35 -43 2 0 0 0 0
25 59 Michael McDowell 34 -44 2 0 0 0 0
26 47 AJ Allmendinger 34 -44 2 0 0 0 0
27 6 Trevor Bayne 32 -46 2 0 0 0 0
28 44 Brian Scott # 28 -50 2 0 0 0 0
29 10 Danica Patrick 27 -51 2 0 0 0 1
30 46 Michael Annett 26 -52 2 0 0 0 0
31 38 Landon Cassill 23 -55 2 0 0 0 0
32 23 David Ragan 22 -56 2 0 0 0 0
33 14 Brian Vickers 15 -63 1 0 0 0 0
34 34 Chris Bueshcher # 15 -63 2 0 0 0 1
35 15 Clint Bowyer 14 -64 2 0 0 0 0
36 93 Matt Dibenedetto 13 -65 2 0 0 0 1
37 83 Michael Waltrip 12 -66 1 0 0 0 0
38 32 Bobby Labonte 11 -67 1 0 0 0 0
39 98 Cole Whitt 5 -73 1 0 0 0 0
40 26 Robert Richardson Jr 3 -75 1 0 0 0 1
41 32 Jeffrey Earnhardt # 3 -75 1 0 0 0 0
42 30 Josh Wise 2 -76 1 0 0 0 0

# – Rookie

2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Owner Standing
After Race 2 at Atlanta Motor Speedway
Pos. Owner Car # Wins Points Behind Attempts
1 Joe Gibbs 18 0 78 Leader 2
2 Barney Visser 78 0 75 -3 2
3 Tony Stewart 4 0 74 -4 2
4 J D Gibbs 19 0 73 -5 2
5 J D Gibbs 11 1 70 -8 2
6 Jeff Gordon 48 1 70 -8 2
7 Gene Haas 41 0 69 -9 2
8 Walter Czarnecki 22 0 64 -14 2
9 Richard Childress 3 0 63 -15 2
10 Richard Petty 43 0 55 -23 2
11 Roger Penske 2 0 54 -24 2
12 Joe Gibbs 20 0 51 -27 2
13 John Henry 17 0 50 -28 2
14 Chip Ganassi 42 0 49 -29 2
15 Richard Childress 31 0 48 -30 2
16 Rick Hendrick 5 0 46 -32 2
17 Richard Childress 27 0 46 -32 2
18 Rick Hendrick 88 0 45 -33 2
19 Felix Sabates 1 0 44 -34 2
20 Tommy Baldwin 7 0 40 -38 2
21 Margaret Haas 14 0 39 -39 2
22 Rick Hendrick 24 0 38 -40 2
23 Glen Wood 21 0 38 -40 2
24 Bob Germain 13 0 36 -42 2
25 Jack Roush 16 0 35 -43 2
26 Tad Geschickter 47 0 34 -44 2
27 John Henry 6 0 32 -46 2
28 Richard Petty 44 0 28 -50 2
29 Tony Stewart 10 0 27 -51 2
30 Bob Leavine 59 0 26 -52 1
31 Harry Scott Jr 46 0 26 -52 2
32 Joe Falk 95 0 24 -54 2
33 Ron Devine 83 0 24 -54 2
34 Brad Jenkins 38 0 23 -55 2
35 Ron Devine 23 0 22 -56 2
36 Bob Jenkins 34 0 15 -63 2
37 Archie St Hilaire 32 0 14 -64 2
38 Harry Scott Jr 15 0 14 -64 2
39 Mike Curb 98 0 5 -73 2
40 Ron Devine 26 0 3 -75 1
41 Curtis Key 30 0 2 -76 2
42 Wayne Press 93 0 1 -77 1
43 Jerry Freeze 35 0 0 -78 1
44 Kevin Radvany 40 0 0 -78 1

 

2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Manufacturer Standings
After Race 2 at Atlanta Motor Speedway
Pos. Manufacturer Wins Points Behind
1 Toyota 1 84 Leader
2 Chevrolet 1 81 -3
3 Ford 0 67 -17

 

Race Awards
Coors Light Pole Award Kurt Busch, #41 191.582
3M Lap Leader Denny Hamlin, #11 95 Laps
Ingersoll Rand Power Move Paul Menard, #27 8 Positions
Mobil 1 Driver of the Race Kyle Busch, #18
Sherwin-Williams Fastest Lap Jamie McMurray, #1
American Ethanol Green Flag Restart Award Kyle Busch, #18
Duralast Brakes “Brake in the Race” Kevin Harvick, #4
Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race Hendrick Engines, #41
Moog Chassis Parts Problem Solver of the Race Jimmie Johnson, #48 C. Knaus
Sunoco Rookie of the Race Chase Elliott, #24

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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