The race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday saw six time champion Jimmie Johnson pulling away after a restart 13 laps before the end of the race and winning it. He started near the back of the race having failed to get a qualifying run. This means that he had a lot of work to do and a lot to prove. This was the 71st victory of his career and his fourth on this particular track. He beat second place driver Kevin Harvick by 1.8 seconds. With the new NASCAR rules, that win should be enough to qualify him for the Chase at the end of the season and he must be happier with the start to the season this year compared to last year when he did not win a race until the 12th took place but secured four wins overall. In third place was Dale Earnhardt Jr then Joey Logano who started in pole position.
There was a big crash on lap 305 which took a long time to clear up and the red flag was up for nine minutes. But then Johnson was out front fighting Earnhardt for first place and by the next lap was well ahead, too far to catch. However, Earnhardt was out of luck later when he car was stuck on some debris. Harvick has problems too with an engine blowing during Saturday’s practice meaning he was at the back when he started and had to work his way through to the front.
Most of the race went well but there were some crashes with the most controversial being when Jeff Gordon hit an exposed wall but hopefully suffered no injury.