Johnson’s first place finish in the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 marked his inaugural Sprint Cup victory of the season and his second -straight win at Atlanta Motor Speedway. With his 76th triumph, Johnson is now tied for 7th most all-time with the late Dale Earnhardt.
““It’s such an honor with the chaos at the end,” said Johnson. “I kind of lost sight of that. I remembered on my victory lap to come out and throw a 3 out the window,” a tribute to The Intimidator.
With three laps remaining, Ryan Newman blew out a tire and spun out of control resulting in a caution. The result was an overtime finish with Johnson in the lead, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. behind him, which made it a 1-2 finish for the Hendrick Motorsports team, Kyle Busch in third, Kurt Busch fourth and Carl Edwards to round out the top five.
Junior said of his teammate, “Knowing Jimmie Johnson and the way he operates, Dad would have loved Jimmie. How can you not like Jimmie? He’s just a good guy who never stepped over the line with anything he’s ever said or anything he’s ever did.”