Jimmie Johnson earned his first career Sprint Cup road course win in the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway after Marcos Ambrose made a mistake under caution in the closing laps, handing Johnson the lead.
Denny Hamlin won a rain-delayed Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 at Pocono Raceway when the caution flew for an eight-car pileup occured on the Long Pond straightaway during a green-white-checkered finish. The win is Hamlin’s fourth of the year, the most in the series.
Kevin Harvick, who hung in the back most of the day, broke his 115-race winless streak by beating Jamie McMurray to the finish line by 0.011 seconds in the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway.
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NASCAR has penalized Germain Racing’s No. 13 and JTG Daugherty Racing’s No. 47 teams for rule violations at Texas Motor Speedway. The crew chiefs were fined and placed on probation for the rest of the season. The teams each lost 50 owner’s points and 25 driver’s points. Two other teams received fines and probation, as well.
During post-qualifying inspection, NASCAR found problems with the lower radiator pans on Marcos Ambrose’s No. 47 and Max Papis’ No. 13. NASCAR found that the pans were considered unapproved ballast weight mounting, which is a violation of Rule 20-2.3, added car weight. NASCAR said the violations could carry a penalty. See FoxSports.com for more.
Denny Hamlin, who had to postpone surgery to repair his ACL because the race was delayed due to rain, capitalized on a green-white-checkered finish and a slip-up by Matt Kenseth to win the Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway.
On the final restart of the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, Jimmie Johnson and his four fresh tires started fifth behind cars that took two tires. Ten laps later, he took the lead from Tony Stewart. He led the final six laps to earn his 50th career race, and first at Bristol.
Jamie McMurray survived the green-white-checker finish to the Amp Energy 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Jimmie Johnson, who ran near the back all day, stayed out of trouble and came home sixth, expanding his points lead.
Jimmie Johnson dominated the Pepsi 500 at Auto Club Speedway, and pulled away from Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon for the victory, and assumed the points lead by 12 points over teammate Mark Martin.