J. Johnson Gives Hendrick Motorsports 200th Victory
Team owner Rick Hendrick was only able to watch the last 100 miles of Darlington, but it turned out he was there for the best part.
Five-time champion Jimmie Johnson broke away from the pack on a restart three laps from the end Saturday night to give Hendrick Motorsports its 200th Sprint Cup victory.
Hendrick drivers had gone 16 races since Johnson won No. 199 at Kansas in October.
Mr. Hendrick had been in the North Carolina Mountains attending a wedding and couldn’t get to the Raceway until the final stretch.
”I feel very, very fortunate to go along on this ride,” Hendrick said.
Denny Hamlin finished second, followed by Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch.
Martin Truex Jr. was fifth, followed by Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards, Kasey Kahne, Marcos Ambrose and Joey Logano – the Nationwide winner Friday night.
Johnson led 134 of the 368 laps, including the final 44. It was Johnson’s third Darlington win, but first since he swept the 2004 events at the track – the last season.