Jimmie Johnson took the checkered flag at today’s NASCAR Quicken Loans 400, taking control in the final laps at Michigan International Speedway. Jimmie has been on a tear the last five races, with today’s race being his third trip to victory lane this year (and his 69th career in Sprint Cup racing). It was also Johnson’s first victory at Michigan International Speedway despite having come close several times.
Johnson thanked his father, who was up north in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula at a dirt track with Jimmie’s younger brother.
The NASCAR Quicken Loans 400 did not disappoint today. Track conditions were slick, causing plenty of slipping and sliding. Those who watch NASCAR for the wrecks were not disappointed today. The Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway featured eight cautions covering 36 laps.
Coming in behind Jimmie Johnson were Kevin Harvick — who started at the pole position — in second, Brad Keselowski in third, Paul Menard in fourth, Kasey Kahne in fifth, Jeff Gordon in sixth and Dale Earnhardt Jr. in seventh. Kahne had the comeback of the night, working hard for the last hour and a half of the race to get back into the top five after falling to the back of the pack.
Austin Dillon looked like he might be poised to win his first Sprint Cup event in the home state of his Chevy’s sponsor — Dow Chemical Company, but he came out of the pits wobbling and had to re-pit twice, putting himself out of serious contention with less than 10 laps to go. Dillon finished in a disappointing 30th place.
Danica Patrick was also in the top five late in the race, but lost position towards the end. Danica didn’t crash, though she narrowly missed wrecks early in the race. Patrick finished in the 17th position.
Today’s victory at the NASCAR Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway makes Jimmie Johnson the first driver to take the checkered flag three times this season in the Sprint Cup series. Johnson came into today’s race in fourth place in the points standings, behind leader Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jimmy has finished every race this season, with today’s victory at Michigan International Speedway giving Johnson a total of 10 top 10 and six top 5 finishes. Johnson is a lock for the Chase for the Cup.
With the NASCAR Quicken Loans 400 just behind them, the Sprint Cup series drivers are already looking forward to next week’s race, the Toyota Save Mart 350 at Sonoma. If you find yourself away from the television next week, check back with The Inquisitr for a preview of the race and a link to where you can watch the Toyota Save Mart 350 streaming online.