|Johnson won for third-time at Kansas|
Sure enough, nautical nonsense interrupted Saturday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup SpongeBob SquarePants 400, so named for Nickelodeon’s good-natured cartoon character who lives in a pineapple under the sea.
Rain began falling on lap 97 during the third caution of the 267-lap race. It was red-flagged one lap later at 7:42 p.m.
The race resumed with Martin Truex Jr. in the lead after a nearly two-hour, 17-minute delay with nine laps under caution before the green flag dropped at 10:15 p.m.
Weather wasn’t a factor the rest of the night, but a late-restart proved to be the turning point as Jimmie Johnson chose not to pit and moved to the front of the pack.
When the green flag dropped, Johnson held off a hard-charging Kevin Harvick for his third career Cup victory at Kansas Speedway, which ties Jeff Gordon for the track record.
Johnson and Harvick, who finished second, have now won the last seven races at 1.5-mile tracks. It’s the 12th time those two drivers have finished first and second with Johnson winning 10 of those battles.
Johnson, who now has 200 career top-five finishes and 300 career top-10 finishes, has won a NASCAR-record 23 races on 1.5-mile tracks.
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