John­son gets fifth Texas win

Los Angeles Times - - THE DAY IN SPORTS -

Jim­mie John­son led 128 laps to earn his fifth ca­reer NASCAR Sprint Cup victory at Texas Mo­tor Speed­way on Satur­day night.

John­son also won in Novem­ber at Texas, where all four of his pre­vi­ous wins had been in fall races. He went back in front to stay with 14 laps left, hold­ing off Kevin Har­vick and Hen­drick Mo­tor­sports team­mate Dale Earn­hardt Jr. to get his 72nd ca­reer victory.

Har­vick, the se­ries points leader who has al­ready won twice this sea­son, fin­ished sec­ond.

The run­ner-up fin­ish for Har­vick comes af­ter he fin­ished eighth in Martinsville in the last Cup race two weeks ago. That ended his run of eight con­sec­u­tive first- or sec­ond-place fin­ishes, the long­est such stretch since Richard Petty did it 11 times in a row in 1975.

This was the fifth time in John­son’s last seven starts at the 1 1 ⁄ 2 -mile, high-banked track that he led at least 100 laps. It was his fourth win in the span that also in­cludes a run­ner-up fin­ish in the spring race three years ago.

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