Johnson Wins Fourth Career Race at Indianapolis

Johnson celebrates in victory lane 
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By Jason Schultz

Jimmie Johnson dominated the race at Indianapolis today, leading 99 out of 160 laps


Johnson entered the record books of Indianapolis Motor Speedway by winning his fourth race at the track, tying teammate Jeff Gordon in stock cars and Johnson’s racing hero Rick Mears in open-wheel cars. 


Johnson took control of the race just before halfway and never let up. 


Pole-sitter Denny Hamlin led early while outside pole-sitter Carl Edwards experienced problems. On lap 13, Edwards started experiencing issues, Edwards fell off pace and had to pit. His team couldn’t find any major issues so they sent him back out two laps down and in 39th place. Edwards can’t afford these things to happen if he wants a shot at making the Chase. 


The first round of green-flag stops began on lap 26 and after they finished up, Johnson beat Hamlin off pit road to take the race lead. 


The first caution came out on lap 41 when Travis Kvapil’s car cut down a tire and hit the wall. The leaders pitted and Hamlin beat Johnson off pit road but Brad Keselowski stayed out and took the lead. Just after the restart, Johnson regained the lead. 


The yellow flag waved again on lap 47 for Clint Bowyer who cut down a tire and spun around, the cut tire caused damage to Bowyer’s car so Bowyer pitted but remained on the lead lap. 


On lap 71, green-flag pit stops began again and Keselowski was the leader after the stops because he didn’t come down pit road. 


At the halfway mark in the race, Keselowski led followed by Johnson, Gordon, Biffle and Kyle Busch. 


On lap 90, Keselowski pitted and Johnson became the leader. 


The next caution came out on lap 94 for Casey Mears who had a part break and he left debris on the track. Brad Keselowski didn’t need to pit and he became race leader and Regan Smith was in second because he took fuel only during his pit stop. 


In turn two after the restart, Keselowski got loose and slid up the track and Regan Smith went under him to take the lead but not for long as Johnson passed Smith on the backstretch. 


With 50 to go, the Hendrick duo of Johnson and Gordon led. 


With 35 to go the caution came out for Jeff Burton who cut a tire down and left debris on the racing surface. Greg Biffle was the leader on the restart but Johnson was right on his tail. Just a few laps after the restart, Johnson took the lead from Biffle. 


With 28 to go, the caution came out for a wreck involving the point’s leader. Going into turn one, Joey Logano got loose under Trevor Bayne and slid up the track and then came down into Bobby Labonte and then back up into point’s leader Matt Kenseth. The wreck caused a lot of damage to Kenseth’s car, ending his day. 


Kenseth commented after the wreck about falling back in the pack and the racing action back there by saying “the further we got back, the dumber people drove.” 


That wreck created a shake up in the point’s standings. 


That was the final caution of the day and on the restart Johnson drove away. Johnson didn’t look back for the final laps and crossed the finish line first. 


This was Johnson’s third points race victory of the year and his fourth career win at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Johnson was pumped up in victory lane and reflected on his accomplishment at Indy and said it is “Such an honor to win here.” 


After Kenseth crashed out of the race, Johnson’s teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr inherited the points lead. Earnhardt Jr is leading the points of the first time since the 2004 season. 


Kyle Busch got some consistency back today by finishing second. Busch said he had nothing for Johnson today and that “(Johnson) was in his own country today.” 


A dominate performance by Johnson today proved that he is still the best driver out there. As the Chase nears, wins mean everything and Johnson is setting himself up nicely for a shot at a sixth Sprint Cup Championship.


Results and Point Standings via Nascar.com 

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STATUS
1
6
48
Chevrolet
Lowe’s / Kobalt Tools
48/5
160
Running
2
7
18
Toyota
M&M’s
43/1
160
Running
3
5
16
Ford
3M
42/1
160
Running
4
20
88
Chevrolet
AMP Energy / National Guard
40/0
160
Running
5
9
24
Chevrolet
Drive to End Hunger
40/1
160
Running
6
1
11
Toyota
FedEx Express
39/1
160
Running
7
11
39
Chevrolet
Quicken Loans
37/0
160
Running
8
17
56
Toyota
NAPA Auto Parts
36/0
160
Running
9
22
2
Dodge
Miller Lite
36/1
160
Running
10
28
14
Chevrolet
Mobil 1 / Office Depot
34/0
160
Running
11
19
55
Toyota
Aaron’s Dream Machine
33/0
160
Running
12
15
5
Chevrolet
Farmers Insurance
32/0
160
Running
13
27
29
Chevrolet
Jimmy Johns
31/0
160
Running
14
8
27
Chevrolet
Menards / Nibco
30/0
160
Running
15
33
15
Toyota
5-hour Energy
29/0
160
Running
16
24
22
Dodge
Shell / Pennzoil
0
160
Running
17
18
21
Ford
Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center
0
160
Running
18
14
78
Chevrolet
Furniture Row / Farm American
26/0
160
Running
19
4
43
Ford
Eckrich
25/0
160
Running
20
23
9
Ford
DEWALT
24/0
160
Running
21
12
42
Chevrolet
Target
23/0
160
Running
22
16
1
Chevrolet
Bass Pro Shops / Tracker
22/0
160
Running
23
32
36
Chevrolet
SealWrap
21/0
160
Running
24
26
30
Toyota
Inception Motorsports
20/0
160
Running
25
38
83
Toyota
Burger King
20/1
160
Running
26
29
47
Toyota
Scott Products
19/1
160
Running
27
31
38
Ford
Big Machine Records
17/0
160
Running
28
36
34
Ford
Scorpion Coatings / Al’s Liners
16/0
160
Running
29
2
99
Ford
Fastenal
15/0
156
Running
30
42
32
Ford
Special Operations For America.org
14/0
156
Running
31
37
33
Chevrolet
Little Joes A
utos.com
13/0
154
Running
32
21
31
Chevrolet
Rain-X
12/0
151
Running
33
3
20
Toyota
Dollar General
11/0
144
Running
34
25
13
Ford
GEICO
10/0
137
Running
35
10
17
Ford
Fifth Third Bank
10/1
132
Accident
36
13
51
Chevrolet
HendrickCars.com
8/0
126
Engine
37
30
93
Toyota
Burger King
7/0
40
Accident
38
34
195
Ford
Leavine Family Racing
6/0
23
Brakes
39
41
10
Chevrolet
Tommy Baldwin Racing
5/0
20
Transmission
40
35
26
Chevrolet
Taco Bell
4/0
19
Brakes
41
40
23
Chevrolet
North Texas Pipe
3/0
14
Rear Gear
42
39
179
Ford
Koma Unwind
2/0
11
Rear Gear
43
43
119
Toyota
Humphrey Smith Racing
0
5
Engine

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