Jimmie Johnson Wins His 7th at Texas Motor Speedway
Chalk up the seventh Cup win for Jimmie Johnson at Texas Motor Speedway. He passed Joey Logano with 16 laps left and pulled away for his first victory of the season and 81st of his career. Not a bad day after starting from the rear because he didn’t use the same set of tires he qualified with.
For the fourth time this season Kyle Larson finished second. He was gaining on Johnson at the end and if he had a few more laps he would have taken the lead. Larson started 32nd because his car failed pre-qualifying inspection. Then during the race he was sent to the rear because of pit road violation.
Joey Logano came in third with pole sitter Kevin Harvick taking fourth and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. finished a season-best fifth.
Ryan Blaney led a race-high 148 laps and won both Stages 1 and 2 of the race. He finished 12th though after overshooting his pit on the final stop and falling back in the pack.
Johnson was taken to the track care center after the race after complaining of not feeling well. He was dehydrated because of a problem with the car’s fluid delivery system. He was given three bags of intravenous fluids during an hour of treatment, then released.
No racing next week during Easter weekend. The Cup and Xfinity Series resume the following week at Bristol Motor Speedway.
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