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Jimmie Johnson closes out NASCAR Sprint Cup victory

FORT WORTH, Texas - Jimmie Johnson took the lead with 14 laps to go and drove to the win Saturday night in the Duck Commander 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.

FORT WORTH, Texas – Jimmie Johnson took the lead with 14 laps to go and drove to the win Saturday night in the Duck Commander 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.
It was Johnson’s second win of the season and the fifth of his career at Texas Motor Speedway.
Kevin Harvick, who finished second to Johnson earlier this season at Atlanta Motor Speedway and second to Johnson in the fall 2014 race at Texas, repeated those performances with another runner-up showing Saturday. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was third.
During the eighth and final caution of the race – with 25 laps to go – Harvick, Johnson and Earnhardt were among the drivers who took four tires. Meanwhile, Jamie McMurray, Jeff Gordon and Martin Truex Jr. took two apiece and restarted the race in the top three spots. Harvick was the first driver to get off pit road with four and restarted fourth. Johnson restarted seventh.
Harvick got up to second position with 18 laps remaining, and Johnson followed him through traffic to take third. Johnson then got by both Harvick and McMurray to take the lead and drive away to the win. Harvick and Earnhardt swapped the second and third positions several times in the closing laps.
Joey Logano finished fourth, and Brad Keselowski rounded out the top five. McMurray and Gordon dropped back to sixth and seventh by the finish. Kasey Kahne, Truex and Carl Edwards finished eighth through 10th.
Johnson, the leader at the halfway point of the race, lost the top spot when Kahne stayed out during a green-flag cycle of pit stops around Lap 219 after getting off sequence when he made an unscheduled stop for a vibration on Lap 199.
Johnson returned to the lead when he got off pit road first during a Lap 228 caution. Harvick restarted fourth after that caution but got up to second on Lap 247. Both Johnson and Harvick were among drivers mired just outside the top 10 when the yellow flag waved again on Lap 260 and they headed for pit road while several other drivers stayed out.
Harvick was back up front by a restart following a Lap 295 caution, while Johnson worked his way back up to third.
Johnson was the leader at the halfway point and Harvick was second after the race field cycled through green-flag stops around Lap 156.
Harvick had lost the lead to Johnson just before the pit stops.
Johnson took the lead for the first time when he passed Brad Keselowski on Lap 109, just before the yellow flag waved for the second time in the race. Johnson maintained his lead on pit road and on the restart before getting passed by Harvick on Lap 125.
Kurt Busch and Harvick started on the front row and combined to lead until a cycle of green flag pit stops on Laps 80 and 81. Keselowski had pitted for a vibration on Lap 67 and stayed out as the other drivers came in.
During the first caution on Lap 32, Earnhardt and Bowyer also were forced down pit road an extra time. Bowyer later had a second vibration issue.
Busch started on the pole but lost the lead to Harvick on Lap 1. Harvick led the first 34 laps before Busch beat him off pit road during the first caution.

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