Jimmie Johnson pulled away from the field at the Atlanta Motor Speedway to register his first victory of the young season on Sunday.
The No. 48 car started near the back, but it didn’t take Johnson long to pick off drivers. The six-time champ left little doubt which car was the fastest as Johnson crossed the finish line 1.803 seconds ahead of runner-up Kevin Harvick, the defending Cup Champion.
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For Johnson, the win at the 1.54 mile track was the fourth of his illustrious career and 71st overall. Even more importantly, by winning in the season’s second race, he set himself up as a serious threat for the Cup Championship once again. In 2014, Johnson didn’t win until the 12th race, but he appears dialed in right away in 2015.
“When he’s on, really switched on, and the car’s in his comfort zone, it’s amazing what he can do with a race car,” said Chad Knaus, Johnson’s crew chief.
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. finished third and Joey Logano, the Daytona 500 winner and Sunday pole-sitter, came in fourth. Next weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race takes place from Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday, March 8.
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