Johnson Fires the Six Shooters Deep in the Heart of Texas

Jimmie Johnson denied Brad Keselowski a date with immortality by stealing the victory in Texas on Sunday.

The driver of the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet led only six laps on his way to scoring his 75th career victory, fifth win of the season and sixth at Texas Motor Speedway.

Johnson said that he “just kept pressure on him (Keselowski). I could see that he was really tight and that was the first I had seen him that vulnerable all day. I just kept the pressure on him, kept searching for line. He saw me coming on the top and protected it. I just kept trying to put pressure on him hoping for a mistake. He got real loose off of Turn 2 and I had a big run down the backstretch and drove it in really far into Turn 3 hoping to hear clear. Once I did I knew I was home free.”

The driver of the No. 2 Team Penske Ford led 312 of the 334 laps on his way to getting passed for the win and finishing runner-up.

“The 48 car had mega turn that last run and I couldn’t keep the turn and it kept pushing real bad. I did everything I could to hold him off, but he was way faster that last run. Their team did a hell of a job and found speed and my team did a hell of a job too. We led 300-some laps and these debris yellows always favor someone and it wasn’t our day for them to favor us. I am still very proud of our effort today. We will have a great shot at winning next week. We really needed to win this one and I know I gave it my all,” said Keselowski.

Kevin Harvick led 11 circuits on his way to rounding out the podium in his No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet. Kyle Busch led one lap and finished his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota in fourth. Carl Edwards rounded out the top-five in his No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished sixth followed by Kurt Busch in seventh. Martin Truex Jr. finished eighth, Jeff Gordon finished ninth and Jamie McMurray rounded out the top-10.

Joey Logano was the only Chase driver outside the top-10. A flat tire 11 laps into the race relegated him to a 40th-place finish.

Jeff Gordon leaves Texas with a two-point lead over Kyle Busch. Harvick leaves in third place, three points behind the leader. Martin Truex Jr. leaves Texas in fourth, six points back. Carl Edwards is fifth in the standings, 13-points back. Keselowski leaves in sixth place, 25 points behind Gordon. Kurt Busch is seventh (-34) and Logano leaves at the bottom of the title contender  rankings, 69 points back.

Now mathematically unable to race his way in next week, the driver of the No. 22 Team Penske Ford must win at Phoenix in order to race for the championship at Homestead.

“Sometimes you just have to roll with the punches. We will be ready for Phoenix. This team is strong, Logano said.

 

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race – AAA Texas 500
Texas Motor Speedway
Fort Worth, Texas
Sunday, November 08, 2015

    1. (8) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 334, $462976.

    2. (1) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 334, $394391.

    3. (2) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 334, $280475.

    4. (3) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 334, $242766.

    5. (13) Carl Edwards, Toyota, 334, $170575.

    6. (10) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 334, $171240.

    7. (7) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 334, $157615.

    8. (23) Martin Truex Jr., Chevrolet, 334, $160910.

    9. (18) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 334, $172351.

    10. (27) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 334, $158556.

    11. (26) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 334, $156576.

    12. (6) Erik Jones(i), Toyota, 334, $153326.

    13. (20) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 334, $120440.

    14. (21) Brian Scott(i), Chevrolet, 334, $127748.

    15. (14) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 334, $142973.

    16. (11) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 334, $116140.

    17. (30) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 334, $137398.

    18. (24) Aric Almirola, Ford, 334, $143526.

    19. (12) Greg Biffle, Ford, 333, $137148.

    20. (16) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 333, $120765.

    21. (28) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 333, $113540.

    22. (19) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 333, $137240.

    23. (15) David Ragan, Toyota, 333, $132079.

    24. (32) Sam Hornish Jr., Ford, 332, $130910.

    25. (36) Landon Cassill(i), Chevrolet, 331, $104265.

    26. (17) Casey Mears, Chevrolet, 330, $126123.

    27. (39) Cole Whitt, Ford, 330, $115398.

    28. (43) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 330, $120587.

    29. (41) David Gilliland, Ford, 329, $108340.

    30. (35) Brett Moffitt #, Ford, 329, $103130.

    31. (37) Michael Annett, Chevrolet, 329, $99915.

    32. (40) Jeb Burton #, Toyota, 329, $99690.

    33. (34) JJ Yeley(i), Toyota, 329, $99473.

    34. (33) Michael McDowell, Ford, 328, $99240.

    35. (38) Matt DiBenedetto #, Toyota, 328, $99040.

    36. (42) Ryan Preece, Chevrolet, 326, $98810.

    37. (5) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, Accident, 304, $126510.

    38. (9) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 304, $111852.

    39. (29) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 296, $134355.

    40. (4) Joey Logano, Ford, 268, $132988.

    41. (31) Alex Bowman, Chevrolet, Engine, 236, $81780.

    42. (22) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, Accident, 52, $104994.

    43. (25) Ryan Blaney(i), Ford, Accident, 26, $74280.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of SpeedwayMedia.com

Tucker White
Tucker White
I've followed NASCAR for well over 20 years of my life, both as a fan and now as a member of the media. As of 2023, I'm on my eighth season as a traveling NASCAR beat writer. For all its flaws and dumb moments, NASCAR at its best produces some of the best action you'll ever see in the sport of auto racing. Case in point: Kyle Larson's threading the needle pass at Darlington Raceway on May 9, 2021. On used-up tires, racing on a worn surface and an aero package that put his car on the razor's edge of control, Larson demonstrated why he's a generational talent. Those are the stories I want to capture and break down. In addition to NASCAR, I also follow IndyCar and Formula 1. As a native of Knoxville, Tennessee, and a graduate of the University of Tennessee, I'm a diehard Tennessee Volunteers fan (especially in regards to Tennessee football). If covering NASCAR doesn't kill me, down the road, watching Tennessee football will. I'm also a diehard fan of the Atlanta Braves, and I lived long enough to see them win a World Series for the first time since 1995 (when I was just a year old). I've also sworn my fan allegiance to the Nashville Predators, though that's not paid out as much as the Braves. Furthermore, as a massive sports dork, I follow the NFL on a weekly basis. Though it's more out of an obligation than genuine passion (for sports dorks, following the NFL is basically an unwritten rule). Outside of sports, I'm a major cinema buff and a weeb. My favorite film is "Your Name" and my favorite anime is "Black Lagoon."

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