Team Chevy takes five of the top-10 finishers

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It was a strong showing for Hendrick Motorsports (HMS) in Saturday (April 14) night’s running of the Samsung 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway with all four Chevrolet stock cars finishing in the top 10 overall. Jimmie Johnson led more laps than any of the 43 contenders (156) in his No. 48 Lowe’s/KOBALT Tools Chevrolet, but when the 334-lap/501-mile race came to a close, his car was too loose and he was unable to hold onto the lead. 

With only a few laps remaining Johnson scraped the wall while navigating through traffic, but he was able to cross the stripe in the runner-up position. Johnson now sits eighth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings after seven races.

“Second sucks,” Johnson said after the race. “I wish we could have won. We were in contention, had a great race car. Pit stops were just amazing all night long. Car was great. You know, at the end the 16 really probably the last two or three runs the 16 (Greg Biffle) and I were pretty equal, run pretty similar lap times, and right before the last pit stop I got caught in some traffic, he got to me and came out of the pits and was pacing him and had a second half lead and then we caught traffic, some guys were multiple laps down that didn't show much respect to myself, the leader, and before I know it 16 was there on the side of me and got by.