Superman Jimmie Johnson earns 77th Sprint Cup win in overtime shootout

CeByHkGW0AEKvkTSunday afternoon at Auto Club Speedway (ACS), and with a green-white-checkered dash to the finish, it was six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) champion, Jimmie Johnson, denying the domination of Kevin Harvick, to win the 2016 NSCS Auto Club 400.

This was Johnson’s second series victory and third top-10 finish of the season, his 77th series career victory in 512 races, and his sixth series victory in 22 races at ACS.

Following Johnson and Harvick (led the most laps – 142 out of 205) to the drop of the checkered flag were Denny Hamlin finishing third, Joey Logano fourth and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finished fifth.

Series Rookie of the Year (ROTY) candidate, Chase Elliott, brought home sixth-place, while Carl Edwards finished seventh, AJ Allmendinger eighth, Brad Keselowski ninth and Jamie McMurray rounding out the top-10 finishing positions.

With his second-place finish, Harvick maintains the points lead and leaves Fontana with a 11-point leader over today’s race winner, Jimmie Johnson.

RACE NOTES:
Average Speed: 137.213 MPH
Time of Race: 2 Hrs, 59 Mins, 17 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 0.772 Seconds
Lead Changes: 26 among 8 drivers
Cautions: 6 for 33 laps

Up Next: Easter weekend is next means off week for NASCAR,  action will return at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday, April 3rd, for the STP 500. The race is set to get underway around 1:20 p.m. (ET) on FOX Sports 1.

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Auto Club 400 Race Results
Pos. Car # Driver Laps Status Laps Led Points Bonus Points
1 48 Jimmie Johnson 205 Running 25 44 4
2 4 Kevin Harvick 205 Running 142 41 2
3 11 Denny Hamlin 205 Running 2 39 1
4 22 Joey Logano 205 Running 3 38 1
5 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 205 Running 0 36 0
6 24 Chase Elliott # 205 Running 1 36 1
7 19 Carl Edwards 205 Running 9 35 1
8 47 AJ Allmendinger 205 Running 0 33 0
9 2 Brad Keselowski 205 Running 0 32 0
10 1 Jamie McMurray 205 Running 0 31 0
11 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 205 Running 0 30 0
12 44 Brian Scott # 205 Running 0 29 0
13 14 Brian Vickers 205 Running 0 28 0
14 31 Ryan Newman 205 Running 0 27 0
15 27 Paul Menard 205 Running 0 26 0
16 38 Landon Cassill 205 Running 0 25 0
17 13 Casey Mears 205 Running 0 24 0
18 15 Clint Bowyer 205 Running 0 23 0
19 20 Matt Kenseth 205 Running 2 23 1
20 6 Trevor Bayne 205 Running 0 21 0
21 43 Aric Almirola 205 Running 0 20 0
22 23 David Ragan 205 Running 0 19 0
23 7 Regan Smith 205 Running 0 18 0
24 3 Austin Dillon 205 Running 0 17 0
25 18 Kyle Busch 205 Running 0 16 0
26 98 Cole Whitt 205 Running 0 15 0
27 83 Matt Dibenedetto 205 Running 0 14 0
28 5 Kasey Kahne 205 Running 0 13 0
29 46 Michael Annett 205 Running 0 12 0
30 41 Kurt Busch 205 Running 0 11 0
31 95 Michael McDowell 205 Running 0 10 0
32 78 Martin Truex Jr. 204 Running 21 10 1
33 34 Chris Bueshcher # 204 Running 0 8 0
34 32 Jeffrey Earnhardt # 200 Running 0 7 0
35 21 Ryan Blaney # 195 Accident 0 6 0
36 30 Josh Wise 195 Running 0 5 0
37 16 Greg Biffle 146 Engine 0 4 0
38 10 Danica Patrick 120 Accident 0 3 0
39 42 Kyle Larson 46 Accident 0 2 0

# – Rookie

2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Points Standings
After Race 5 at Auto Club Speedway
Pos. Car # Driver Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5s Top 10s DNF
1 4 Kevin Harvick 195 Leader 5 1 3 5 0
2 48 Jimmie Johnson 184 -11 5 2 3 3 0
3 19 Carl Edwards 171 -24 5 0 3 4 0
4 11 Denny Hamlin 170 -25 5 1 3 3 0
5 18 Kyle Busch 170 -25 5 0 4 4 0
6 22 Joey Logano 165 -30 5 0 2 3 0
7 41 Kurt Busch 148 -47 5 0 1 4 0
8 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 145 -50 5 0 2 3 1
9 2 Brad Keselowski 142 -53 5 1 1 3 0
10 3 Austin Dillon 139 -56 5 0 1 3 0
11 78 Martin Truex Jr. 127 -68 5 0 1 2 0
12 1 Jamie McMurray 125 -70 5 0 0 1 0
13 43 Aric Almirola 120 -75 5 0 0 0 0
14 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 119 -76 5 0 1 2 1
15 20 Matt Kenseth 113 -82 5 0 0 1 1
16 24 Chase Elliott # 110 -85 5 0 0 3 1
Points Outside the Top 16
17 21 Ryan Blaney # 110 0 5 0 0 2 1
18 5 Kasey Kahne 109 -1 5 0 0 1 0
19 47 AJ Allmendinger 108 -2 5 0 0 1 0
20 31 Ryan Newman 95 -15 5 0 0 0 1
21 6 Trevor Bayne 95 -15 5 0 0 0 0
22 27 Paul Menard 91 -19 5 0 0 0 1
23 7 Regan Smith 88 -22 5 0 0 1 0
24 42 Kyle Larson 87 -23 5 0 0 1 1
25 44 Brian Scott # 85 -25 5 0 0 0 0
26 13 Casey Mears 84 -26 5 0 0 0 0
27 16 Greg Biffle 80 -30 5 0 0 0 1
28 38 Landon Cassill 77 -33 5 0 0 0 0
29 10 Danica Patrick 72 -38 5 0 0 0 2
30 23 David Ragan 67 -43 5 0 0 0 0
31 15 Clint Bowyer 66 -44 5 0 0 0 0
32 59 Michael McDowell 61 -49 5 0 0 0 0
33 93 Matt Dibenedetto 58 -52 5 0 0 0 1
34 46 Michael Annett 57 -53 5 0 0 0 0
35 34 Chris Bueshcher # 49 -61 5 0 0 0 1
36 14 Brian Vickers 48 -62 3 0 0 0 0
37 98 Cole Whitt 27 -83 4 0 0 0 2
38 30 Josh Wise 20 -90 4 0 0 0 0
39 32 Jeffrey Earnhardt # 18 -92 3 0 0 0 0
40 83 Michael Waltrip 12 -98 1 0 0 0 0
41 32 Bobby Labonte 11 -99 1 0 0 0 0
42 26 Robert Richardson Jr 3 -107 1 0 0 0 1

# – Rookie

2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Owner Standing
After Race 5 at Auto Club Speedway
Pos. Owner Car # Wins Points Behind Attempts
1 Stewart-Haas Racing 4 1 116 Leader 5
2 Hendrick Motorsports 48 2 110 -6 5
3 Joe Gibbs Racing 19 0 109 -7 5
4 Joe Gibbs Racing 11 1 104 -12 5
5 Joe Gibbs Racing 18 0 102 -14 5
6 Team Penske 22 0 100 -16 5
7 Stewart-Haas Racing 41 0 98 -18 5
8 Hendrick Motorsports 88 0 96 -20 5
9 Team Penske 2 1 93 -23 5
10 Richard Childress Racing 3 0 90 -26 5
11 Furniture Row Racing 78 0 79 -37 5
12 Chip Ganassi Racing 1 0 78 -38 5
13 Richard Petty Motorsports 43 0 77 -39 5
14 Roush Fenway Racing 17 0 76 -40 5
15 Joe Gibbs Racing 20 0 73 -43 5
16 Hendrick Motorsports 24 0 72 -44 5
17 Wood Brothers Racing 21 0 72 -44 5
18 Hendrick Motorsports 5 0 69 -47 5
19 JTG Daughery Racing 47 0 61 -55 5
20 Stewart-Haas Racing 14 0 57 -59 5
21 Richard Childress Racing 31 0 57 -59 5
22 Roush Fenway Racing 6 0 56 -60 5
23 Richard Childress Racing 27 0 56 -60 5
24 Tommy Baldwin Racing 7 0 56 -60 5
25 Chip Ganassi Racing 42 0 54 -62 5
26 Richard Petty Motorsports 44 0 47 -69 5
27 Germain Racing 13 0 44 -72 5
28 Roush Fenway Racing 16 0 42 -74 5
29 Front Row Motorsports 38 0 41 -75 5
30 Stewart-Haas Racing 10 0 37 -79 5
31 BK Racing 83 0 36 -80 5
32 BK Racing 23 0 36 -80 5
33 Hscott Motorsports 15 0 34 -82 5
34 Hscott Motorsports 46 0 33 -83 5
35 Circle Sport-Leavine Family 95 0 31 -85 5
36 Front Row Motorsports 34 0 30 -86 5
37 GO FAS Racing 32 0 26 -90 5
38 Premium Motorsports 98 0 22 -94 5
39 Circle Sport-Leavine Family 59 0 8 -108 1
40 The Motorsports Group 30 0 7 -109 5
41 BK Racing 26 0 3 -113 1
42 BK Racing 93 0 1 -115 1
43 Front Row Motorsports 35 0 0 -116 1
44 Hillman Racing 40 0 0 -116 1

 

2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Manufacturer Standings
After Race 5 at Auto Club Speedway
Pos. Manufacturer Wins Points Behind
1 Chevrolet 3 210 Leader
2 Toyota 1 201 -9
3 Ford 1 180 -30

 

Race Awards
Coors Light Pole Award Austin Dillon, #3 188.482 mph
American Ethanol Green Flag Restart Award Kyle Busch, #18
Duralast Brakes “Brake in the Race” Kevin Harvick, #4
Ingersoll Rand Power Move Jamie McMurray, #1 9 Position
Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race Hendrick Engines, #4
Mobil 1 Driver of the Race Kevin Harvick, #4
Moog Chassis Parts Problem Solver of the Race Chase Elliott, #24 Crew Chief A. Gustafson
Sunoco Rookie of the Race Chase Elliott, #24
3M Lap Leader Jimmie Johnson, #48 76 Laps
Sherwin-Williams Fastest Lap Carl Edwards, #19

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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