Jimmie Johnson Ends Winless Streak At Darlington [VIDEO]
Finally – the 200th win for Hendrick Motorsports. It had been 16 races since Jimmie Johnson or any of the other Hendrick drivers had won a race until Saturday night at Darlington Raceway when Johnson led 134 of the 368 laps including the last 44. But it came down to the final restart when Johnson was able to get away from Tony Stewart and Denny Hamlin to finally break his team’s long winless streak.
It was Johnson’s first win since last October at Kansas and third at Darlington.
Hendrick only got to see the last 100 laps or so because he was at a wedding and after the race Johnson presented him with a helmet signed by all of the drivers who’ve been on the team since Hendrick began operations in 1984.
Hamlin was second, followed by Stewart, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex, Junior.
Points leader Greg Biffle won the pole and led 74 laps, but finished 12th and his lead shrinks to just two points over Matt Kenseth.
Danica Patrick driving in just her second Sprint Cup race finished 31st and six laps back.
The race went 171 laps before the first caution and that’s the longest stretch of green flag racing from the start of a race since NASCAR began keeping records.
From Darlington they head less than a hundred miles north to Charlotte for next weekend’s all-star race.