Jimmie Johnson Wins the Allstate 400
“One person’s bad-luck is another racers gain” turned out to be the saying of day on Sunday afternoon, on the pavement of historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway as Jimmie Johnson’s gain turned out to be Juan Montoya’s bad luck. Jimmie Johnson was able to take advantage of a pit-road error by Juan Montoya that resulted in a penalty to Montoya. After restarting on the outside lane with just 24 laps remaining, Johnson was able to stay in front of his teammate and pole sitter for this race, Mark Martin, to take his second consecutive Allstate 400 at the Brickyard and his third in the past four years.
Jimmie was able to keep his nose in front of Martin as he attempted to pass in the first two corners of this 2.5 mile track and then held him off through the last two turns and flashed across the brickyard at the finish just 0.40 seconds ahead of Martin. His car was fast and nimble over the last lap of this grueling race, but he saved his best for last and was able to come through for the victory.
Montoya is starting to get his car up to speed finally and lead for 116 laps before falling back and finally finishing a frustrating 11th place, after an excellent start where his car was definitely the fastest.
Tony Stewart had a pretty good day, but wasn’t able to keep up with the fastest cars and had to settle for third. He still leads Jimmie Johnson by 192 points in the over all, with just six races left before the 12-driver Chase on Sept 12 at Richmond. Greg Biffle finished 4th in this race, Brian Vickers fifth, Kevin Harvick sixth, and Kasey Kahn took seventh. David Reutimann had a strong race and finished eighth, Jeff Gordon ninth, and Matt Kenseth rounded out the top ten.
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