Johnson Makes it Look Easy With Consecutive Wins
Having won just last weekend, many people were not expecting Jimmie Johnson to win again so soon after many were worried about him having a dry spell. However, Johnson showed that he was confident by notching up another win. He led for 272 of the 400 laps and made history winning nine times at Diver which was his 68th overall victory in 448 cup races. He said that the race was awesome and that the car, tyres and new rules just seem to fit him and his crew chief.
However, it was actually Kyle Busch that started off the best as he was looking for a hat trick having won the Truck and Nationwide series at Dover during the weekend. He quickly overtook Brad Keselowski who was in pole position and managed to keep the lead for 81 laps but he started to fade and was passed by both Johnson and Harvick. Then Bowyer came up t threaten him and when he passed too quickly knocked Busch into the wall and ended his race. He later apologised and explained that it was a bad judgement call.
It was then left to Harvick to threaten Johnson but he had car problems. The track was repaired due to damage and he then had a tyre stem problem which meant that he had to stop. The track damage causes Jamie McMurray to hit the wall and there was also an earlier problem when Ricky Stenhouse Jr, AJ Allmendinger and Greg Biffle were involved in an accident. The drivers involved explained that they tried to avoid each other but it did not work and they all hit each other.
After Harvick departed, Matt Kenseth took the lead for a few laps but Johnson soon took over and led all of the way apart form when taking pit stops. This was until there was a debris caution and Bowyer managed to get the advantage on restarting but with four new tyres, Johnson was able to soon retake the lead. A final caution when Casey Myers suffered a disintegrated tyre led to a four lap shoot out. Bowyer tried to push Kenseth out of danger but he ended up on the wall and Keselowski could get in to second position but Johnson was already ahead and took the win. He explained afterwards that he knew it was dangerous so he wanted the best lane at the restart and just went for it. It obviously paid off.
So final positions were Johnson followed by Keselowski and Kenseth and Bowyer was in second with Denny Hamlin in fifth. Then Martin Truex Jr, Tony Stewart , Joey Logano, Dale Earnhardt Jr and Paul Menard.