Johnson’s Late Charge Gives Him Atlanta Victory
Jimmie Johnson got the victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by David Tulis)
By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Jimmie Johnson survived an explosion of late-race cautions and restarts to win Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
The victory was the 71st of the six-time champion’s career and came in start No. 473.
Johnson, who didn’t pick up a victory in 2014 until the fourth month of the season, got his first win of 2015 in race No. 2. That means he will likely make the Chase playoffs once again.
“I think it is pretty much a lock as long as we have a smooth season,” Johnson said of the Chase. “I think if we win a second one, it is definitely a lock. But this takes a ton of pressure off.”
Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing finished second for the second time in two races in 2015. The 2014 champion led a race-best 116 laps Sunday.
Harvick finished 1.8 seconds behind Johnson.
“This thing was just bad fast,” Johnson, who finished fifth at Daytona last week, said of his car. “I had a blast racing with the No. 4 (Kevin Harvick). He was awfully strong today.”
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