(photo by HHP/Harold Hinson for Chevy Racing)

NASCAR Quick Trip 500 at Atlanta

Johnson leads Chevrolet to top-three at Atlanta

Jimmie Johnson in the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet SS led another strong effort for Team Chevy at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday, March 1, to claim victory in the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500, the second race of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.

Johnson took the lead for the final time with 19 laps remaining and won by 1.803 seconds over fellow Chevrolet driver Kevin Harvick.

Dale Earnhardt Jr., placed third in his No. 88 Kelley Blue Book Chevrolet SS. Six Team Chevy drivers placed in the top-10 Sunday, and the top-three finishers combined to lead 209 laps of the 325 circuit race. The Chevrolet SS took the top three spots in a race for the first time since Martinsville in October 2014.

Sunday’s result marked the fourth victory at Atlanta in six events for Chevrolet. Johnson, who qualified 37th after not recording a qualifying time, is now a four-time winner at the 1.5-mile track. His triumph all but secured a berth in the 2015 Chase for the Sprint Cup. Johnson led six times for 92 laps and sits second in points only one marker behind the point leader after two races.

(photo by Rusty Jarrett/HHP for Chevy Racing)

"We had a great race car,” said Johnson, who scored his 71st career Sprint Cup series victory. “Unfortunately the way qualifying went Friday, we didn't have a good pit stall pick and it took us a long time to get in front of the No. 19 (Carl Edwards). Once we did that we were able to utilize our awesome pit crew, get the stops done, race for the win and get the job done today. I’m just very, very thankful. (The team) surprised me today. We weren't that good yesterday and they really dug deep and figured out what I needed in this race car and gave me an awesome Lowe's Chevrolet."