Monday, March 22, 2010

Johnson Gets NASCAR Win No. 50, and Win No. 1 at Bristol

by Motor Racing Network

Jimmie Johnson erased Bristol Motor Speedway from the list of tracks where he had never won a Sprint Cup Series race at with a victory in Sunday's Food City 500.

A good restart in the final 10-lap shootout proved to be the winning move for Johnson after the team took four tires on the last pit stop. When the field went back to green Johnson stormed around Tony Stewart for the top spot with six laps-to-go and went on to score his 50th career Sprint Cup Series win.

"We have worked so hard for this. I thought we were in trouble there but those four tires were everything – and I was in the outside line, which was helpful," said Johnson, who has one victory in 17 career starts at the track. "It's about time.

"Yes, it has been one of the most difficult for us. It is so great to set some goals and go out and accomplish them as a race team. I am so proud of what we have done as a group. We've been off here over the years. We focused on what we needed to do and got it done today."

With the win, Johnson became the fourth fastest driver to 50 Cup wins (296 races), trailing only Jeff Gordon (232), Darrell Waltrip (278) and David Pearson (293).

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