Johnson delivers 200th win to Hendrick at Darlington

Jimmie Johnson has delivered multiple championships and victories to car owner Rick Hendrick, but on Saturday night at Darlington Raceway he came through with a magical milestone for the legendary owner.

Johnson’s win was No. 200 for Hendrick in his illustrious career, and he’s not ready to slow down anytime soon.

“This is special, without a doubt,” Johnson said. “You’ve got to love that man (Hendrick). He just said, ‘200’s reached; let’s go get 250.'”

Johnson held off Denny Hamlin and Tony Stewart to capture the Bojangles Southern 500. He grabbed the lead in the closing laps and made it look easy as he cruised to the checkered flag and his third win at Darlington. The former five-time Sprint Cup champion also snapped a 16-race losing streak.

“There really was a lot of drama,” Johnson said. “In a fuel mileage race, when you see that 14 (Stewart), you always second-guess yourself because he’s so good at it. I was really concerned. I was just pacing myself based upon what he was doing and hoped I had saved enough (fuel).

“There are a lot of hungry drivers out there that want to win this race. This race is so special, so great and Darlington is such an awesome race track.”

Kyle Busch finished fourth, followed by Martin Truex Jr. Rounding out the top 10 were Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards, Kasey Kahne, Marcus Ambrose and Joey Logano.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 17th, while Danica Patrick wound up 31st in only her second Sprint Cup race.

Photo by Joel Beachum

 

 

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