Published on September 8th, 2008 | by Michael J Smith0
Johnson Wins Chevy Rock & Roll 400
Jimmie Johnson held off a hard-charging Tony Stewart in the closing laps to win the weather-delayed Chevy Rock & Roll 400 from Richmond International Raceway.
Stewart ran down Johnson with the race winding down, but could not pass him for the lead. The two raced side-by-side for several laps, but Stewart just could not pull of the pass.
Denny Hamlin, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Mark Martin rounded out the top 5.
With their finishes, Stewart and Hamlin secured their spots in the Chase.
Jeff Burton, Kevin Harvick, Jeff Gordon, David Reutimann, and Kurt Busch finished sixth through 10th, respectively.
Notables: Casey Mears (11th), Clint Bowyer (12th), Carl Edwards (13th), Greg Biffle (14th), Kyle Busch (15th), Kasey Kahne (19th), David Ragan (32nd), and Matt Kenseth (39th).
With his 12th-place finish, Bowyer clinched a spot in the Chase, but it was no easy feat. A slow pit stop left him back in traffic. At one point, he was outside, looking in. But, Ragan, competing with him for the last Chase spot also had his share of trouble.
In turn 2, Ragan was on the outside and the car jumped out from under him, sending him sideways into the outside wall. At that instant, Kenseth, who was running directly behind him, also slid sideways and got into Ragan. Both cars were able to continue but both had heavy damage. Kenseth, however, sustained heavier damage and limped to a 39th-place finish. Ragan was somewhat competitive but didn’t have enough to maintain his distance ahead of Bowyer.
Kahne struggled and was never really a factor. For much of the day he ran in the middle to the back of the pack. He finished 19th.
On lap 212, Kyle Busch was leading, with Earnhardt Jr. running second. At the two approach turn 1, the announcers were talking about the incident earlier this year at Richmond. No sooner than when they brought up the idea of revenge did Earnhardt Jr. and Busch make contact sending Busch into the outside wall.
On the replay, it looked like Busch came down, not knowing Jr. was there. Jr. locked up the left front in an attempt to keep from hitting him, but the two made contact. The crowd was very appreciative of the incident and was cheering very loudly. Jr. finished fourth, while Busch finished 15th.
Also, give a call to Reutimann. He led several laps as the race wound down, and seemingly had the car to beat for quite some time. He finished ninth.