NASCAR at Texas results: Jimmie Johnson wins O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 – Sporting News

Welcome back to victory lane, Jimmie Johnson.

Johnson won his first race of the season by taking the lead with 15 laps to go in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500. Kyle Larson finished second while Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick and Dale Earnhardt Jr. rounded out the top five. The win marks Johnson’s seventh win at Texas Motor Speedway and is Johnson’s 16th straight year with at least one win, the longest active streak.

Johnson entered Sunday’s race with just one top-10 finish in 2017, a ninth-place finish at Phoenix. Many were raising questions about Johnson’s slow start.

“I don’t mind the questions, I mean, they are rightfully asked,” Johnson told reporters last week about his recent slump. “I think the overreaction on either side is very amusing. If we are not winning, how big of a deal some make of it and when we win, how big of a deal some make of it.

“I think our history shows that we can rebound quickly.”

Sunday is proof.

For Larson, it’s his fourth runner-up finish of the year. He continues to lead the NASCAR point standings (315) and has a 17-point cushion between him and Chase Elliott, who sits second.

Ryan Blaney owned much of the day, leading a race-best 148 laps. He won the first two stages of the race, but fell to the back of the pack after a long pitstop. Things got worse for Blaney when he appeared to collide with Corey LaJoie and damage his car. Blaney went on to finish 12th.

Here are the complete results from the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500.

  1. Jimmie Johnson
  2. Kyle Larson
  3. Joey Logano
  4. Kevin Harvick
  5. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 
  6. Brad Keselowski
  7. Jamie McMurray
  8. Martin Truex Jr. 
  9. Chase Elliott
  10. Kurt Busch
  11. Clint Bowyer
  12. Ryan Blaney
  13. Trevor Bayne
  14. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 
  15. Kyle Busch
  16. Matt Kenseth
  17. Ty Dillon
  18. Aric Almirola
  19. Daniel Suarez
  20. AJ Allmendinger
  21. Chris Buescher
  22. Erik Jones
  23. Michael McDowell
  24. Danica Patrick
  25. Denny Hamlin
  26. Ryan Newman
  27. JJ Yeley
  28. David Ragan
  29. Landon Cassill
  30. Cole Whitt
  31. Matt DiBenedetto
  32. Corey LaJoie
  33. Austin Dillon
  34. Gray Gaulding
  35. Reed Sorenson
  36. Paul Menard
  37. Derrike Cope
  38. Kasey Kanhe
  39. Timmy Hill
  40. Jeffrey Earnhardt

You can watch the race on Fox or stream it on Fox Sports Go , but you should also follow the action with our live updates and video highlights below.

Live updates

Ryan Blaney sweeps the first two stages. He has led 146 of the 170 laps.

Ozzy Osbourne is taking in today’s race.

Ryan Blaney won the first stage Sunday after leading 66 of the 85 laps.

Here is the top 10 Stage 1 finishers that will be awarded points.

  1. Blaney
  2. Martin Truex Jr.
  3. Jamie McMurray
  4. Kevin Harvick
  5. Brad Keselowski
  6.  Kyle Larson 
  7. Clint Bowyer
  8. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 
  9. Joey Loganoand 
  10. Kyle Busch

Austin Dillon missed the first 12 laps of the race because of broken track bar on his car.

Get this: Reed Sorenson just did a lap under caution WITHOUT a rear tire.

Jeffrey Earnhardt and Gray Gaulding bring out the first caution of the day.

Qualifying

While Harvick won qualifying, nine drivers did not turn a lap on Friday. Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chase Elliott, Kasey Kahne, Kyle Larson, Chris Buescher, Erik Jones, Timmy Hill and Derrike Cope all started at the rear of the field after their cars failed to pass inspection prior to the end of the first round of qualifying.

Here’s how things began for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500:

  1. Kevin Harvick
  2. Ryan Blaney
  3. Clint Bowyer
  4. Joey Logano
  5. Brad Keselowski
  6. Jamie McMurray
  7. Martin Truex Jr. 
  8. Matt Kenseth
  9. Ryan Newman
  10. Kurt Busch
  11. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 
  12. Trevor Bayne
  13. Michael McDowell
  14. Ty Dillon
  15. Landon Cassill
  16. AJ Allmendinger
  17. Denny Hamlin
  18. Aric Almirola
  19. Danica Patrick
  20. Daniel Suarez
  21. David Ragan
  22. Paul Menard
  23. Corey LaJoie
  24. Jimmie Johnson
  25. Austin Dillon
  26. Matt DiBenedetto
  27. JJ Yeley
  28. Cole Whitt
  29. Gray Gaulding
  30. Reed Sorenson
  31. Jeffrey Earnhardt
  32. Kyle Larson
  33. Chase Elliott
  34. Kyle Busch
  35. Kasey Kahne
  36. Erik Jones
  37. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 
  38. Chris Buescher
  39. Timmy Hill
  40. Derrike Cope

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