Jimmie Johnson won the 21st Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway

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Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, takes the checkered flag to win the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 9, 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas

Starting from 24th place Car 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s Chevrolet won the 21st Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts 500, his 81st win in 550 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series races. This is his 1st win & 2nd Top 10 finish in 2017. This is his 7th win & 21st Top 10 finish in 28 races at Texas Motor Speedway. 2nd Place Car 42 Kyle Larson Credit One Bank Chevrolet, started from 32nd place posted his 3rd
Top 10 finish in 8 races at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his 5th Top-10 finish in 2017. 3rd Place Car 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford, started from 4th place posted his 8th Top 10 finish in 18 races at Texas Motor Speedway.

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Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, celebrates winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 9, 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas.

4th Place Car 4 Kevin Harvick Jimmy John’s Ford, started from pole followed by 5th place Car 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Axalta Chevrolet, started from 37th place. 6th Place Car 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Ford, started from 5th place followed by 7th place Car 1 Jamie McMurray Sherwin-Williams Emerald Chevrolet, started from 6th place. 8th Place Car 78 Martin Truex Jr. Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER
BOATS Toyota, started from 7th place followed by 9th place Car 24 Chase Elliott NAPA Chevrolet, started from 33rd place. Lastly in the Top 10 was Car 41 Kurt Busch Monster Energy/Haas Automation Ford, in the 10th place, started 10th place. Kyle Larson leads the point standings by 17 points over Chase Elliott. Ty Dillon (17th) was the highest finishing rookie.

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Ryan Blaney, driver of the #21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford, and Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John’s Ford, lead the field past the green flag to start the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 9, 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas.

The race had 8 Cautions for 35 Laps: 1st Caution on lap 4 for debris on the frontstretch. 2nd Caution on lap 11 for Car 15 Reed Sorenson Xchange of America Chevrolet, Car 23 Gray Gaulding Dr Pepper Toyota, Car 33 Jeffrey Earnhardt Little Joes Autos/Curtis Key Plumbing Chevrolet crash in turn 2. 3rd Caution on lap 32 for competition caution. 4th Caution on lap 87 for Stage 1 conclusion. 5th Caution on lap 123 for debris frontstretch. 6th Caution on lap 165 for debris turn 1. 7th Caution on lap 172 for Stage 2 conclusion. 8th Caution on lap 301 for debris turn 3.

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Ryan Blaney, driver of the #21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford, and Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John’s Ford, lead the field during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 9, 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas.

The race had 16 Lead Changes among 6 drivers: K. Harvick 1-15; R. Blaney 16-32; K. Harvick 33-36; R. Blaney 37-88; M. Truex Jr. 89-92; R. Blaney 93-125; M. Truex Jr. 126; R. Blaney 127-172; K. Harvick 173-219; B. Keselowski 220-223; J. Logano 224-228; M. Truex Jr. 229-272; J. Johnson 273; J. Logano 274-290; K. Harvick 291-301; J. Logano 302-317; J. Johnson 318-334. Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): R. Blaney 4 times for 148 laps; K. Harvick 4 times for 77 laps; M. Truex Jr. 3 times for 49 laps; J. Logano 3 times for 38 laps; J. Johnson 2 times for 18 laps; B. Keselowski 1 time for 4 laps.

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Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 9, 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Stages
Stage 1: 21,78,1,4,2,42,14,17,22,18
Stage 2: 21,48,1,42,24,41,4,2,88,78

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Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John’s Ford, pits during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 9, 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Jimmie Johnson beat the hard charging Kyle Larson with a Margin of Victory: 0.340 Seconds. Johnson the Seasoned 7 time champion & Larson the new young blood of the series came from back in the field, to the front for the finish. Jimmie Johnson said “I guess I remembered how to drive, and I guess this team remembered how to do it! 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.”

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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 O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 9, 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race Number 7
Unofficial Race Results for the 21St Annual O’reilly Auto Parts 500 – Sunday, April 9, 2017
Texas Motor Speedway – Fort Worth, TX – 1.5 Mile Paved Total Race Length – 334 Laps – 501 Miles

Finish Start Car Driver Team Laps Status
1. 24. Car 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s Chevrolet 334 Running
2. 32. Car 42 Kyle Larson Credit One Bank Chevrolet 334 Running
3. 4. Car 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 334 Running
4. 1. Car 4 Kevin Harvick Jimmy John’s Ford 334 Running
5. 37. Car 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Axalta Chevrolet 334 Running
6. 5. Car 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Ford 334 Running
7. 6. Car 1 Jamie McMurray Sherwin-Williams Emerald Chevrolet 334 Running
8. 7. Car 78 Martin Truex Jr. Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER BOATS Toyota 334 Running
9. 33. Car 24 Chase Elliott NAPA Chevrolet 334 Running
10. 10. Car 41 Kurt Busch Monster Energy/Haas Automation Ford 334 Running
11. 3. Car 14 Clint Bowyer Haas Automation Ford 334 Running
12. 2. Car 21 Ryan Blaney Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford 334 Running
13. 12. Car 6 Trevor Bayne Performance Plus Motor Oil Ford 334 Running
14. 11. Car 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford EcoBoost Ford 334 Running
15. 34. Car 18 Kyle Busch Interstate Batteries Toyota 334 Running
16. 8. Car 20 Matt Kenseth Let’s Go Places Toyota 334 Running
17. 14. Car 13 Ty Dillon # GEICO Chevrolet 334 Running
18. 18. Car 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 334 Running
19. 20. Car 19 Daniel Suarez # STANLEY Toyota 334 Running
20. 16. Car 47 AJ Allmendinger Kroger ClickList Chevrolet 334 Running
21. 38. Car 37 Chris Buescher Scott Products Chevrolet 333 Running
22. 36. Car 77 Erik Jones # 5-hour ENERGY Extra Strength Toyota 333 Running
23. 13. Car 95 Michael McDowell WRL General Contractors Chevrolet 333 Running
24. 19. Car 10 Danica Patrick TaxAct Ford 333 Running
25. 17. Car 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Office Toyota 333 Running
26. 9. Car 31 Ryan Newman Caterpillar Chevrolet 332 Running
27. 27. Car 7 * JJ Yeley(i) Accell Construction, Inc. Chevrolet 330 Running
28. 21. Car 38 David Ragan Camping World/Good Sam Ford 329 Running
29. 15. Car 34 Landon Cassill Love’s Travel Stops Ford 329 Running
30. 28. Car 72 Cole Whitt RTIC Coolers Chevrolet 327 Running
31. 26. Car 32 Matt DiBenedetto Can-Am/Kappa Ford 327 Running
32. 23. Car 83 * Corey LaJoie # Dustless Blasting Toyota 326 Running
33. 25. Car 3 Austin Dillon DOW Energy & Water Chevrolet 322 Running
34. 29. Car 23 Gray Gaulding # Dr Pepper Toyota 322 Running
35. 30. Car 15 Reed Sorenson Xchange of America Chevrolet 319 Running
36. 22. Car 27 Paul Menard Dutch Boy/Menards Chevrolet 314 Running
37. 40. Car 55 * Derrike Cope Low T Centers Toyota 313 Running
38. 35. Car 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance Chevrolet 303 Running
39. 39. Car 51 * Timmy Hill(i) Fenton Motors Chevrolet 104 Engine
40. 31. Car 33 Jeffrey Earnhardt Little Joes Autos/Curtis Key Plumbing Chevrolet 9 Accident

Race Comments: Prior to the start of the race, the following cars dropped to the rear of the field for the reasons indicated: No. 5 (backup car), No. 6 (backup car) and No. 48 (unapproved tire change). Failed to Qualify: N/A

Time of Race: 3 Hrs, 24 Mins, 18 Secs. Average Speed: 147.137 MPH. Margin of Victory: 0.340 Seconds
Caution Flags: 8 for 35 laps. Lead Changes: 16 among 6 drivers.

American Ethanol Green Flag Restart Award: Kevin Harvick, #4. Ingersoll Rand Power Move: Chase Elliott, #24 5 positions. Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race: Roush-Yates Engines, #4. Mobil 1 Driver of the Race: Kyle Larson, #42. Moog Go the Extra Mile: Kurt Busch, #41 crew chief Tony Gibson, 0.042 seconds. Sherwin-Williams Fastest Lap: Ricky Stenhouse Jr, #17. Sunoco Rookie of the Race: Ty Dillon, #13.

(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series

Next Race: Apr. 23, 2017 – Bristol Motor Speedway

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