Published on November 16th, 2009 | by Michael J Smith0
Johnson Wins; Increases Points Lead
After bobbling last weekend in Texas, Jimmy Johnson followed it up with a victory in the Checker O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. He currently has a 108-point lead over Mark Martin, meaning that Johnson needs to finish 25th or better at Homestead-Miami Speedway to clinch the championship.
Top 5: Johnson, Jeff Burton, Denny Hamlin, Mark Martin, and Martin Truex Jr.
Kurt Busch, Clint Bowyer, Juan Montoya, Jeff Gordon, and David Reutimann rounded out the top 10.
Notables: Marcos Ambrose (11th), Kyle Busch (12th), Greg Biffle (14th), Kasey Kahne (15th), Carl Edwards (16th), Matt Kenseth (18th), Ryan Newman (20th), Kevin Harvick (24th), Tony Stewart (25th), Dale Earnhardt Jr (35th), and Brian Vickers (38th).
On lap 169, Dale Earnhardt got loose inside of Marcos Ambrose and spun. Several cars checked up, triggering a multi-car wreck. Matt Kenseth, Tony Stewart, Ryan Newman, Bobby Labonte, Brian Vickers and others were involved.