(WOMR file photo)
It is hard to believe that, with 69 victories, under his belt, Jimmie Johnson did not know the way to victory lane at Michigan. That is right, Johnson had never pulled off a win at this facility, that is until Sunday!
“Mr. Six Pack”, Jimmie Johnson, took the lead for the final time on lap 191 after the pack cycled through pit stops, and cruised to victory in the Quicken Loans 400 to end a 24 race drought at Michigan International Speedway. Additionally, Johnson has now won three out of the last four races, and Hendrick Motorsports has won the last five races in a row!
“Finally,”Johnson tweeted, after getting out of his Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet.
Reflecting on all the victories that had slipped through the #48 team’s grasps, “we’ve figured out every way to lose this race and today we were able to get it done,” he said after getting out of his HMS #48 Lowe’s Chevy.
Johnson had encountered heartbreak several times when leading late here and admitted he was nervous as he dashed through the final few laps.
“About 200 yards before the finish line I knew if the car exploded, I’d still make it across the line,” he said with a chuckle, “so that’s when I finally relaxed.”
Even though Kevin Harvick had been “freaky fast” every since they unloaded that Stewart-Haas Racing #4 Budweiser Chevy, he was only able to grab a second place finish. Even though he did run down the leaders a couple times throughout the race, it was a very disappointing second place finish.
“I mean, the car was fast, just wound up on the wrong side of all the strategy,” Harvick said. “We finished second, and that’s it.”
Team Penske’s “Blazingly Bad” Brad Keselowski posted his third straight podium finish – he was third Sunday after second-place showings the previous two starts.
Check out the unofficial results of the Quicken Loans 400.
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!