Jimmie Johnson finally beat Michigan International Speedway. “We’ve figured out every way to lose this race.” Johnson remarked in victory lane, “We finally figured out how to win one.” The victory was Johnson’s third in four weeks and his 69th career victory. Johnson held off pole sitter Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski for the win after a four tire stop on the final pit sequence. Johnson lead 39 of the 200 laps.
Kevin Harvick, who was the pole sitter came home second after leading the most laps in the event with 63. “I mean, the car was fast, just wound up on the wrong side of all the strategy. We finished second, and that’s it.” stated Harvick.
Brad Keselowski came across the line in third. “I think everyone out there tried some strategy,” said Keselowski. “We were a third to fifth place car today and that is where we finished.”
The race was slowed by three cautions the first of which came out on lap one involving Rookie of the Year contender Kyle Larson, Kasey Kahne and Kyle Busch. Kahne would rally back for a fifth place finish while Larson would finish eighth. Busch would finish a disappointing 41st, 31 laps down to the leader.
Points leader, Jeff Gordon would lead for 36 laps and come home sixth.
“The car was exceptional,” Gordon said. “In my opinion, that Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet belongs in Victory Lane. But, we lost some track position and when we lost track position, we knew it wasn’t going to handle good; we were just super loose even when we got clean air. That probably hurt us more than anything. We just never could move forward. And then there at the end, we came in and took two tires and boom, the thing was gone and flying again. So, yeah, sixth is not really indicative of the race car or what I felt like we were capable of, but we’ll certainly take it.”
Final Race Results:
|7||Dale Earnhardt Jr|
|18||Juan Pablo Montoya|
|27||Ricky Stenhouse Jr|
|37||Martin Truex Jr|
Series Point Standings as of this race:
5)Keselowski – 1w -47