Jimmie Johnson drove rather well at the Richmond International Raceway on Saturday evening. Good old five-time was running inside of the top-10 for the majority of the Toyota Owners 400 after starting back in the 26th position.
Johnson’s race was rather interesting. He had a car capable of winning, as he was able to drive through the pack like it was nothing on one of the hardest tracks to pass on. His car was handling great for the majority of the race. As a matter of fact, he was the lone Hendrick Motorsports driver to have a shot at the win. Well at least until he lost his horseshoe.
On lap 328, Johnson was involved in an incident with Kyle Busch and Tony Stewart that evidently killed his hopes at winning at Richmond. The wreck occurred when Stewart got loose in the center of the corner while on the inside of Johnson’s No. 48 machine. At the time, the two were battling it out for the 11th position. Though Johnson received little damage in the wreck, he still ended up losing major track position. However, the damage Johnson did receive was on the left front of his bumper, which could’ve been worse than what it was.
— Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) April 28, 2013
Johnson was able to fight back though. His car might have never been the same after that, but he drove his Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet to a 12th place finish. After the race, Johnson was visibly upset about how his evening turned out. Luckily enough, he was able to maintain the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points lead. Johnson now leads the championship standings by 43 markers over Carl Edwards who’s having a great season after last year’s miserable efforts.
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