Jimmie Johnson Wins Fourth Brickyard 400

Jimmie Johnson won his fourth Allstate 400 at the Brickyard on Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, beating out second place driver Kyle Busch by more than 5 seconds.

Yahoo News reports that, after the race, Busch, Johnson’s former team-mate, stated:

“If it wasn’t for the 48, we were probably in our zip code on the rest of the field. But Jimmie Johnson was in his own country today, so we just couldn’t keep up with him.”

Johnson took the lead on lap 28 in his No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet after beating Denny Hamlin out of the pits under a green flag. Sunday’s Allstate 400 win is Johnson’s fourth in the Indianapolis NASCAR Sprint Cup rave, and it is the kind of control that fans have become used to in the champion, who came in first at the end of the 2006-2010 seasons. Following the race, Johnson stated:

“I feel that from a performance standpoint that we’re as strong as we’ve ever been. We’ve had issues late in a race that’s cost us track position for a variety of reasons and that’s the part that we need to make sure is buttoned up before the Chase starts — carry that through the Chase. But from a performance standpoint these are amazing racecars. We made a lot of progress in the offseason and getting started this year and I feel really good about the Chase. I’m ready for it to start.”

The Indy Star notes that Johnson went on to say:

“I’m at a loss for words. To win here is just a huge honor… but four times? (Crew chief) Chad Knaus gave me one heck of a race car,. And this was a total team effort. There are only a couple of tracks on our schedule that, when you walk into the track, you feel the history of the facility. When you come back each year, (you feel) the energy around this racetrack, the excitement that comes with it.”

Are you excited that Jimmie Johnson won the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard for the fourth time?