Jimmie Johnson wins again at Texas to qualify for NASCAR Cup playoffs – Los Angeles Times

Jimmie Johnson got his first win of the season, going from the back of the field to Victory Lane on Sunday at a Texas Motor Speedway track that has changed since his first six wins here.

Johnson, who last year won his record-tying seventh NASCAR Cup Series season championship, charged under Joey Logano with 16 laps to go. The Hendrick Motorsports driver kept his No. 48 Chevrolet in front for his 81st career race win.

“I guess I remembered how to drive; and I guess this team remembered how to do it,” Johnson said. “I’m just real proud of this team. What a tough track and tough conditions. We were really in our wheelhouse and we were just able to execute all day.”

This was the first Cup race in Texas since the 1 1/2-mile facility was completely repaved and changes made to Turns 1 and 2 earlier this year. It was Johnson’s seventh victory at Texas, sixth in the last 10 races there.

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