Jimmie Johnson Wins Monday’s Rain Delayed Food City 500

Remember when we all were thinking Jimmie Johnson should be panicking? Johnson, had just one top 10 finish in the first six races of this year, and that was a ninth at Phoenix. But, he reached victory lane in the last race at Texas, and now today at Bristol, he won again.

Jimmie Johnson leads Monday’s Food City 500

Johnson, did what he needed to do to win, just hang around until it’s go time. Kyle Larson, Joey Logano and Martin Truex Jr. dominated today’s Food City 500 in combining to lead 390 of the 500 laps, but there Johnson was in the end picking them off one-by-one and winning reaching victory lane for his second career time at the Bristol (Tenn) Motor Speedway.

The last time Johnson won at the .533-mile high banked Tennessee track was in 2010. Now, he’s a two-time winner there.

Johnson, steadily moved up through the field and led 81 laps en route to his 82nd career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory. He’s now just one shy from tying Cale Yarborough for sixth on the all-time wins list. He’s two victories away from tying Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip for fourth.

It appears he will trail just Richard Petty (200), David Pearson (105) and Jeff Gordon (93) in career wins by the end of this season.

Johnson, outlasted everyone on a late race restart and never looked back in his No. 48 Chevrolet.

Clint Bowyer and Kevin Harvick salvaged what could have been a rough day for Stewart-Haas Racing with runs of second and third respectively. Bowyer, now has two top fives in his last four starts on the season.

Harvick, gained his third top three finish in his last four Bristol start with a third place effort in his No. 4 Ford.

Matt Kenseth crept up there and brought his No. 20 Toyota home fourth for just his second top five of the season while Joey Logano came away with his seventh top six in eight starts this season rounding out the top five in his No. 22 Ford.

Kyle Larson was by far the car to beat today, as he led the first 202 laps. But, a costly pit road speeding penalty on his second to last stop relegated him from first to 20th on the restart. He’d stay out on old tires on the final stop of the day, but that cost him a top five finish.

Logano, led 72 laps today but faded in the end while Martin Truex Jr. who led 116 laps on Monday faded too for an eighth place run.

The series heads to another short track next weekend at the Richmond International Raceway.

Food City 500 Results:

  1. 48 Johnson
  2. 14 Bowyer
  3.  4 Harvick
  4. 20 Kenseth
  5. 22 Logano
  6. 42 Larson
  7. 24 Elliott
  8. 78 Truex Jr.
  9. 17 Stenhouse Jr.
  10. 11 Hamlin
  11.  6 Bayne
  12.  1 McMurray
  13.  3 A. Dillon
  14. 31 Newman
  15. 13 T. Dillon R
  16. 27 Menard -1
  17. 77 Jones R -1
  18. 19 Suarez R -2
  19. 32 DiBenedetto -2
  20.  5 Kahne -2
  21. 72 Whitt -2
  22. 43 Almirola -3
  23. 38 Ragan -3
  24. 83 LaJoie R -3
  25. 41 Ku Busch -6
  26. 95 McDowell -6
  27. 33 J. Earnhardt -9
  28. 15 Sorenson -10
  29. 23 Gaulding R -13
  30. 47 Allmendinger -18
  31. 55 Cope -35
  32. 34 Cassill -42
  33. 21 Blaney -48
  34.  2 Keselowski -67
  35. 18 Ky Busch OUT
  36. 10 Patrick OUT
  37. 51 Hill OUT
  38. 88 Earnhardt Jr. OUT
  39. 37 Buescher OUT

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2 Thoughts to “Jimmie Johnson Wins Monday’s Rain Delayed Food City 500

  1. i have watched nascar for at least thirty years and am thoroughly disgusted at the the blocking by jJimmy in the race at Bristol and yes i do understand that yes it is racing but if you have a faster car you should be allowed to pass with out being impeded as jj never allows anyone to do so and there are no penalties i hate nascar and Jj and my driver has alway been JEFF GORDON

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