No. 48 driver Jimmie Johnson grabbed a 77th career victory during the Auto Club 400 race at the Auto Club Speedway in California on Sunday. Moreover, Johnson’s latest win means he has surpassed Dale Earnhardt for seventh all-time record in the history of NASCAR victories.
The race might have gone into overtime and Johnson had to do five more laps on top of the 200 laps of the race event, but he managed to lead 25 all the way to victory after only qualifying in 19th place. Following his victory, Johnson tweeted, ” #Superman won this battle” as he celebrated with his Superman/Lowe’s Chevrolet team while sporting a Superman cape.
Elsewhere in the track, No. 4 Kevin Harvick ended up finishing second. He had actually led throughout 142 laps of the entire race. Nonetheless, the Stewart-Haas Racing driver remains at the top of the driver standings with 195 points. Meanwhile, following his victory, Johnson now ranks second in the driver standings with 184 points.
At the same time, No. 11 driver Denny Hamlin finished third while No. 22 Joey Logano and No. 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. join Hamlin in the top five after a tight photo finish race between the two. In the end, Logano was declared fourth and Stenhouse, fifth.
On the other hand, No. 42 driver Kyle Larson found himself unable to continue with the race on Sunday after a heavy crash brought about by a flat, left-rear tire while on the track’s backstretch. The car cashed into the wall nose first before it ended up making a full piroutte off the ground. After the crash, Larson had radioed to his crew that he was alright. Nonetheless, he said, ” That one really hurt, though.”
Meanwhile, No. 10 driver Danica Patrick also had to end her race after a contact with No. 5 driver Kasey Kahne that left her hitting the outside retaining wall and sustaining heavy damage in her car. Following the incident, Kahne had told his crew during the caution period, ” Glad she’s OK. Definitely didn’t mean to do that.”