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Jimmie Johnson Wins Bank Of America 500


After a day long delay due to Hurricane Matthew, Jimmie Johnson won Sunday’s Bank Of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion captured his eighth career win at the 1.5-mile oval and his 78th career victory in NASCAR’s premier series. The win was also his 3rd of the 2016 Season. Matt Kenseth finished second, followed by Kasey Kahne, Ryan Newman, and Kyle Larson rounding out the top 5.

The win for Jimmie Johnson came at a time he was recovering from a mid-season slump. After setting fire early in the season with wins at Atlanta and Auto Club Speedway, he slumped with several DNF’s as his rivals continued their winning ways.

But, he changed that in recent weeks as he hasn’t finished worse the 12th in the previous 4 race He also led 90 laps last weekend at Dover. Now, with today’s win It’s also an insurance policy as he will advance to the Round of 8, something the 48 failed to do last year.

The turning point that led to the win for Johnson was Denny Hamlin’s engine blowing up on lap 306 while chasing him down, handing him a sure thing. Johnson also commanded the race in his pure Charlotte Motor Speedway form, leading a race high 155 laps. He can rest assured knowing the next 2 races are less of his worries.

Other storylines from Sunday’s Bank Of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway include:

  • Despite having one of the fastest cars all weekend, Kevin Harvick was knocked out of the race on lap 157 after an electrical failure. He led 12 laps early on.
  • Defending winner Joey Logano found the wall twice due to cut tires (lap 118 and lap 156) and his day was ended early.
  • Another Chaser Denny Hamlin was on his way to a solid top 5 finish and perhaps a win, but a late race engine failure on lap 308 stopped it. He would finish 30th
  • A commanding Chase Elliott was involved in a multi car crash on the lap 260 restart. He led a total of a 103 laps prior. Other chasers included Austin Dillon (Who spun the tires. spawning the incident), Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch, and Carl Edwards.
  • Alex Bowman, driving the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet in place of the injured Dale Earnhardt Jr., saw his day end early when he wrecked with Casey Mears on Lap 62.

Next Race Up: The Round of 12 continues next week at Kansas Speedway for the Hollywood Casino 400.