(Photo by Alan Marler/HHP for Chevy Racing)

NASCAR at Ft. Worth, Texas

Johnson continues Texas dominance as Chevrolets finish 1-2-3

Jimmie Johnson added to his impressive resume at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) by winning the April 11th Duck Commander 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race in his No. 48 Lowe’s Pro Service Chevrolet SS in dominating fashion. After a late caution in the 334-lap race, Johnson vaulted from seventh to first to collect his second straight and fifth victory in the Lone Star State; more than any other driver in the sport. The six-time champion led a race high of 128 laps during the 500-mile event.

Johnson held off a strong charge from Kevin Harvick, defending Sprint Cup champion and driver of the No. 4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevy SS, and Dale Earnhardt Jr., behind the wheel of the No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet SS. Harvick and Earnhardt Jr. battled for position behind Johnson, with Harvick finishing in the runner-up slot and Earnhardt Jr. coming home in third place to give Team Chevy a 1-2-3 finish.

Kevin Harvick qualified in the number-two spot and finished the race there also. (Photo by Garry Eller/HHP for Chevy Racing)

“The No. 88 was making the bottom work, so I was trying to make that happen,” Johnson explained. “The No. 4 all of a sudden was in second and coming hard on the top. So, I moved up top to try and make that work and I looked in the mirror off to (Turn) 2 and I saw the No. 4 in the wall. I figured that was the end of him and then he and the No. 88 raced each other so hard at the end. Just good fun. I think that the No. 88, the No. 4, all of us that were involved in that there at the end just had a blast. That is how racing should be and I’m so happy the fans got to see that.”

This was Johnson’s 72nd career victory, and second of the 2015 season. His first win of the year came at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It was Harvick’s 13th top-10 finish and Earnhardt Jr.’s 15th top-10 finish at Texas Motor Speedway.