Jimmie Johnson Wins At Atlanta
A cold, damp day in Atlanta, but it was just fine for Jimmie Johnson. It was more than halfway thru Sunday's race that he finally edged his way to the front. After that his car kept getting better and the rest of the field had a tough time keeping up.
Johnson started the day 37th, but was fourth when he took the lead for good on a restart with 20 laps to go. After a wreck on the restart lap brought out a red flag, Johnson led the field to the finish for his 71st Sprint Cup victory and fourth at Atlanta. He led a total of 92 laps for the day.
Joey Logano led from the pole and along with Kevin Harvick dominated the early and middle stages of the race. Between Logano, Harvick and Johnson they led 292 of 325 laps.
For the second week in a row Harvick and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. finished second and third. Harvick led a race-high 116 laps even after being forced to start from the rear after he blew an engine in practice on Saturday.
Logano ran fourth with Matt Kenseth completing the Top 5.
Another tough finish for Jeff Gordon. Similar to what happened at Daytona Gordon was caught up in a late-race crash and finished 41st.
The series moves west next week to Las Vegas Motor Speedway.