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Jimmie Johnson Wins Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500

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Jimmie Johnson won the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday, hold holding off Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kyle Busch as the race went five extra laps past the scheduled 325-lap event. Jimmie Johnson moved into a tie for seventh on NASCAR’s all-time wins list with Dale Earnhardt, capturing his 76th career Sprint Cup victory Sunday. Kurt Busch finished fourth, while Carl Edwards rounded out the top five.

There was only one caution flag in the race (for debris on Lap 210) until Lap 322 when Ryan Newman experienced a single-car spin after apparently experiencing a tire failure. That put the race into overtime where Kevin Harvick, who led a race-high 131 laps, spun his tires on the final restart with two laps to go and fell back to a sixth-place finish.

“It is such an honor. The chaos at the end and the crash and wondering about overtime, I kind of lost sight of that (tying Earnhardt). I remembered on my victory lap, coming down, I had to throw a 3 out the window to pay respects to the man. There’s a huge void in my career that I never had a chance to race with him, but at least I was able to tie his record.” Jimmie Johnson said after the race.

Other notable storylines include:

  • Chase Elliott rebounding from his disappointment at Daytona to finish eighth.
  • Ty Dillon, filling in for the injured Tony Stewart, finished 17th.
  • Clint Bowyer struggled throughout the race, finishing 35th, eight laps off the lead lap.

The next race is the Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas next Sunday.

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