Back to back NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series wins for Jimmie Johnson

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Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, crosses the finish line to win the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 24, 2017 in Bristol, Tennessee.

Starting from 11th place Car 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s Chevrolet won the 57th Annual Food City 500, his 82nd win in 551 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series races. This is his 2nd win & 3rd Top 10 finish in 2017. This is his 2nd win & 18th Top 10 finish in 31 races at Bristol Motor Speedway. 2nd Place Car 14 Clint Bowyer Haas Automation Demo Days Ford, started from 9th place posted his 11th
Top 10 finish in 23 races at Bristol Motor Speedway. It is his 4th Top-10 finish in 2017. 3rd Place Car 4 Kevin Harvick Jimmy John’s Ford, started from 10th place posted his 16th Top-10 finish in 33 races at Bristol Motor Speedway.

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Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 24, 2017 in Bristol, Tennessee.

4th Place Car 20 Matt Kenseth DeWalt Toyota, started from 22nd place followed by 5th placeCar 22 Joey Logano Autotrader Ford, started from 5th place. 6th Place Car 42 Kyle Larson Credit One Bank Chevrolet, started from pole followed by 7th place Car 24 Chase Elliott Mountain Dew/Little Caesars Chevrolet, started from 2nd place. 8th Place Car 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row/Denver
Mattress Toyota, started from 3rd place followed by 9th place Car 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. SunnyD Ford, started from 19th place. Lastly in the Top 10 was Car 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Freight Toyota, in 10th place, started from 16th place. Ty Dillon (15th) was the highest finishing rookie. Kyle Larson leads the point standings by 27 points over Chase Elliott.

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Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Credit One Bank Chevrolet, and Chase Elliott, driver of the #24 Mountain Dew/Little Caesars Chevrolet, take the green flag to start the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 24, 2017 in Bristol, Tennessee

The race had 9 Cautions for 76 Laps: 1st Caution on lap 56 for Car 15 Reed Sorenson LowT Center Chevrolet, Car 37 Chris Buescher Bush’s Beans Chevrolet, Car 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation/Monster Energy Ford Crash in Turn 1 [Red Flag: Lap 67, 5:10]. 2nd Caution on lap 127 for Stage 1 conclusion. 3rd Caution on lap 211 for Car 18 Kyle Busch M&M’s Toyota Crash in Turn 2. 4th Caution on lap 219 for Car 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Nationwide Chevrolet Crash in Turn 1. 5th Caution on lap 252 for Stage 2 conclusion. 6th Caution on lap 325 for Car 10 Danica Patrick Mobil 1 Annual Protection Ford, Car 38 David Ragan Jacob Companies Ford Crash on the backstretch. 7th Caution on lap 385 for Car 18 Kyle Busch M&M’s Toyota Crash in Turn 4. 8th Caution on lap 422 for Car 77 Erik Jones Sport Clips Toyota Crash in Turn 3. 9th Caution on lap 463 for Car 5 Kasey Kahne Great Clips Chevrolet, Car 27 Paul Menard Libman/Menards Chevrolet Crash in Turn 4.

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Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Credit One Bank Chevrolet, leads the field into turn one after the start of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 24, 2017 in Bristol, Tennessee.

The race had 14 Lead Changes: among 7 drivers: K. Larson 1-202; M. Truex Jr. 203-211; J. Logano 212; M. Truex Jr. 213-254; J. Logano 255; L. Cassill 256-260; M. Truex Jr. 261-325; J. Logano 326-393; J. Johnson 394-421; J. Logano 422; D. Hamlin 423-432; J. Johnson 433-464; J. Logano 465; K. Harvick 466-479; J. Johnson 480-500.

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Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Toyota, pits along with others during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 24, 2017 in Bristol, Tennessee.

Stages:
Stage 1: 42,78,77,22,48,24,1,11,47,18
Stage 2: 78,22,48,4,1,77,42,11,6,17

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Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, celebrates with the checkered flag after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 24, 2017 in Bristol, Tennessee.

The Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway race was postponed from Sunday April 23 to Monday April 24 due to rain. Jimmie Johnson won the race with a Margin of Victory: 1.199 Seconds over 2nd Place Car 14 Clint Bowyer. Jimmie Johnson said “That’s just mind-blowing, I wouldn’t be here without Hendrick’s support. Thanks to him and to Jeff Gordon for believing in me. For Hendrick
Motorsports to make this job kind of a family environment for all of us to thrive in has been a perfect environment for me and Chad Knaus and for the consistent group of guys behind me through all these years has led to the environment to win 82 races, or whatever it is, which is just insane. I’m truly humbled. I’m excited to win back-to-back races. I’m excited to win at Bristol. I guess we’ll be at Indy testing for the next two days (at a Goodyear tire test), and we’ll show up at Richmond and try again.”
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race Number 8
Unofficial Race Results for the 57Th Annual Food City 500 – Sunday, April 23, 2017
Bristol Motor Speedway – Bristol, TN – .533 Mile Concrete Total Race Length – 500 Laps – 266.5 Miles

Finish Start Car Driver Team Laps Status
1. 11. Car 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s Chevrolet 500 Running
2. 9. Car 14 Clint Bowyer Haas Automation Demo Days Ford 500 Running
3. 10. Car 4 Kevin Harvick Jimmy John’s Ford 500 Running
4. 22. Car 20 Matt Kenseth DeWalt Toyota 500 Running
5. 5. Car 22 Joey Logano Autotrader Ford 500 Running
6. 1. Car 42 Kyle Larson Credit One Bank Chevrolet 500 Running
7. 2. Car 24 Chase Elliott Mountain Dew/Little Caesars Chevrolet 500 Running
8. 3. Car 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Toyota 500 Running
9. 19. Car 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. SunnyD Ford 500 Running
10. 16. Car 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Freight Toyota 500 Running
11. 12. Car 6 Trevor Bayne AdvoCare Ford 500 Running
12. 8. Car 1 Jamie McMurray Bass Pro Shops/NWTF Chevrolet 500 Running
13. 21. Car 3 Austin Dillon New Era Cap Chevrolet 500 Running
14. 13. Car 31 Ryan Newman Grainger Chevrolet 500 Running
15. 24. Car 13 Ty Dillon # GEICO Chevrolet 500 Running
16. 26. Car 27 Paul Menard Libman/Menards Chevrolet 499 Running
17. 14. Car 77 Erik Jones # Sport Clips Toyota 499 Running
18. 23. Car 19 Daniel Suarez # ARRIS Toyota 498 Running
19. 32. Car 32 Matt DiBenedetto Cosmo Motors Ford 498 Running
20. 17. Car 5 Kasey Kahne Great Clips Chevrolet 498 Running
21. 31. Car 72 Cole Whitt RTIC Coolers Chevrolet 498 Running
22. 18. Car 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 497 Running
23. 33. Car 38 David Ragan Jacob Companies Ford 497 Running
24. 35. Car 83 * Corey LaJoie # JAS Expedited Trucking Toyota 497 Running
25. 15. Car 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation/Monster Energy Ford 494 Running
26. 28. Car 95 Michael McDowell WRL General Contractors Chevrolet 494 Running
27. 37. Car 33 Jeffrey Earnhardt Little Joes/Curtis Key Plumbing Chevrolet 491 Running
28. 34. Car 15 Reed Sorenson LowT Center Chevrolet 490 Running
29. 36. Car 23 Gray Gaulding # SunFrog.com Toyota 487 Running
30. 25. Car 47 AJ Allmendinger Kroger ClickList Chevrolet 482 Running
31. 39. Car 55 * Derrike Cope Toyota 465 Running
32. 30. Car 34 Landon Cassill CSX Play It Safe Ford 458 Running
33. 6. Car 21 Ryan Blaney Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford 452 Running
34. 4. Car 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Ford 433 Running
35. 7. Car 18 Kyle Busch M&M’s Toyota 383 Accident
36. 29. Car 10 Danica Patrick Mobil 1 Annual Protection Ford 320 Accident
37. 38. Car 51 * Timmy Hill(i) SleepFresh Mattress Chevrolet 234 Suspension
38. 20. Car 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Nationwide Chevrolet 218 Accident
39. 27. Car 37 Chris Buescher Bush’s Beans Chevrolet 53 Accident

Race Comments: Prior to the green flag to start the race, the following car dropped to the rear of the field for the reason indicated: No. 37 (backup). Failed to Qualify: N/A.

Time of Race: 03 Hrs, 04 Mins, 29 Secs. Average Speed: 86.674 MPH. Margin of Victory: 1.199 Seconds/
Caution Flags: 9 for 76 laps. Lead Changes: 14 among 7 drivers.

American Ethanol Green Flag Restart Award: Kyle Larson, #42. Ingersoll Rand Power Move: Clint Bowyer, #14 4 positions. Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race: Hendrick Engines, #48 Mobil 1 Driver of the Race: Clint Bowyer, #14. Sherwin-Williams Fastest Lap: Kyle Larson, #42. Sunoco Rookie of the Race: Ty Dillon, #13.

(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series

Next Race: Apr. 30, 2017 – Richmond International Raceway

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