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Published on March 1st, 2010 | by Michael J Smith


Johnson Uses Four Tires To Win Shelby American

Jeff Gordon dominated the Shelby American at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, leading the most laps. The final caution came out and the leaders pitted. Gordon took two tires, thinking more drivers would do the same. Gordon was out of the pits first, and restarted second behind Clint Bowyer, who did not pit.

On the restart, Gordon was second, Kevin Harvick was third, and Jimmie Johnson was fourth. Johnson took four tires on his pit stop. Shortly after the green flag flew, Gordon and Johnson pulled away and battled for the lead.

Ultimately, Gordon’s two tires were no match for Johnson’s four. And, on lap 251, Johnson took the lead and eventually the victory. Gordon also lost a position to Harvick.  

Top 5: Johnson, Harvick, Gordon, Mark Martin, and Matt Kenseth.

Joey Logano, Tony Stewart, Clint Bowyer, Kasey Kahne, and Greg Biffle rounded out the top 10.

Notables: Jeff Burton (11th), Carl Edwards (12th), David Reutimann (13th), Marcos Ambrose (14th), Kyle Busch (15th), Dale Earnhardt Jr (16th), Ryan Newman (18th), Denny Hamlin (19th), Brian Vickers (31st), Jamie McMurray (34th), Kurt Busch (35th), and Juan Montoya (37th).

On lap 93, McMurray was running inside of Montoya in turn 3. The two made contact, sending Montoya into the outside wall with McMurray in tow. Kurt Busch was right behind them, and he hit McMurray in the rear. McMurray and Montoya made contact with the wall. Busch hit McMurray, then Montoya, but was able to continue on, though he suffered damage. McMurray finished 34th, Busch 35th, and Montoya 37th.

After the wreck, Montoya said:

[McMurray] runs straight into my ass. He nearly ran me into the fence in [Turn] 2 as well. I don’t know. I’m sure [McMurray] is going to say, “Oh, I didn’t mean that.” Every time I’m around him, he wants to run the s–t out of me. … He’s just trying to prove to people he can drive a race car and I guess he isn’t doing too many favors on this team. It really ruined our day [and] for the Chase, this doesn’t help. We had a problem last week with the motor and this this week. It’s painful. 

 McMurray said:

Well, you’re really frustrated — I haven’t heard what [Montoya] said but it wouldn’t shock me that you’re upset in a situation like that. We both had really good cars [Sunday] and unfortunately we crashed.

Media reports highlighted tension between the Earnhardt Ganassi Racing teammates. But, hours after the race, McMurray tweeted:

Media is making more out of situation with Juan and I than there is. I spoke with him lastnight and everything is fine.

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Michael J. Smith is a NASCAR enthusiast and blogger. In addition to founding this website, Michael is a journalist with over a decade of experience writing for prestigious media organizations.

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