NASCAR at Texas Motor Speedway

Johnson, Earnhardt Finish One-Two

Five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet SS, dominated the AAA Texas 500 by leading 255 of the 334 laps to earn his sixth victory of the season on Nov. 3.  It is the 66th win of Johnson’s career and his third at Texas Motor Speedway. 

The win moved Johnson back into the points lead by seven markers with only two races remaining in the 2013 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

“This was an awesome, awesome race car,” Johnson said in Victory Lane. “I have to go back to the test session we had last week or the week before. We did a nice job of developing a plan on how we wanted to show up in qualifying trim and in race trim. We had an awesome, awesome race car. And we needed it. Matt (Kenseth) didn’t have the best day and he finished fourth or fifth. So it’s hard to get points in this championship battle, and we got a couple today.”

(HHP/Harold Hinson for Chevrolet)

Johnson becomes the first driver to win consecutive fall events at the Texas Motor Speedway and is now tied with Carl Edwards for the most Sprint Cup series at TMS with three. In addition, for the fourth time in his career Johnson scored a perfect 150 driver rating.

“That was a great, great race car,” Johnson said after dominating the race. “We're really buttoned up, which is the cool thing. We came here and tested. After two days we really honed in on the balance of the car and comfort of the car. We felt really strong about things, but at the same time we're here testing, as are all of our competitors were as well. So it was tough to leave here overly excited because your competition is here getting better and getting data and all of that as well.

“So we came back and just kept our blinders on and focused on our team, our race car and got the thing pretty dang awesome.

“There were a couple moments in the race where we had to work on the car from a balance standpoint,” Johnson explained. “There was one cycle of pit stops that came out fourth or fifth and had to drive back through those guys. Just got the lead from Brad before the caution came out, so there were a couple of tense moments in there. But when you have a dominant car, it is so stressful because you're just waiting for that thing that can get you, whatever it is. So it was nice to keep a ‑‑ Chad (Knaus, crew chief) said it once on the radio, just keep a positive mindset here, and things are going to work out. We did that.  We stayed focused and got the job done.”