Changed track, same re­sult at Texas with John­son win

The Washington Times Daily - - SPORTS -

FORT WORTH, TEXAS | Jim­mie John­son got his first win of the season, go­ing from the back for the field to Vic­tory Lane on Sun­day at a Texas track that has changed since his first six wins there.

John­son, who last year won his record-ty­ing sev­enth NAS­CAR Cup Se­ries season cham­pi­onship, charged un­der Joey Logano with 16 laps to go. The Hen­drick Mo­tor­sports driver kept his No. 48 Chevro­let in front for his 81st ca­reer race win.

This was the first Cup race in Texas since the 1 1/2-mile fa­cil­ity was com­pletely repaved and changes made to Turns 1 and 2 ear­lier this year. It was John­son’s sev­enth vic­tory at Texas, six in the last 10 races there.

John­son had to start at the back of the 40-car field be­cause of a tire change af­ter a spin in qual­i­fy­ing.

Kyle Lar­son, the season points leader, fin­ished sec­ond, while Logano, pole­sit­ter Kevin Har­vick and Dale Earn­hardt Jr. rounded out the top five.

Ryan Blaney won the first two stages and gave Wood Broth­ers Rac­ing, the old­est ac­tive team in NAS­CAR, its long­est front-run­ning car in a race in 35 years. He went on to fin­ish 12th.

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