Jimmie Johnson has finally taken home a victory at Michigan International Speedway. On June 15, Jimmie knew he had secured the top spot by the last 200 yards and could rest easy knowing that even if a tire blew in these final moments, he would still slide into a first place finish!
Professional NASCAR driver, Jimmie Johnson celebrated Father’s Day in Victory Lane on June 15. This was Jimmie’s first time in 25 Sprint Cup starts at Michigan International Speedway to win. A driver can only finish so many times in the top five, before he turns up the heat and takes the victory!
Jimmie Johnson Wins Sprint Cup
It’s been a long time coming for Jimmie Johnson, 38, his crew and Hendrick Motorsports. He has had a rough past with being in the top five at Michigan, but never quite breaking away with the win, including a second-place showing in August 2011. Jimmie got close again in August 2012, but lost when his engine faltered with six laps remaining.
“It was a long time coming,” crew chief Chad Knaus told the press. “We’ve raced very well up here, and we haven’t been able to close the deal on quite a few occasions.”
Jimmie’s latest win marks the fifth victory in a row for Chevy and Hendrick Motorsports and that sure would make any NASCAR owner happy!
“It’s good to see Jimmie, after leading so many laps here, close the deal,” owner Rick Hendrick said to the press.
Jimmie Speeds Into His 69th Career Win
Jimmie gave up his front position when he went into the pit near the end of the race, but was back in the top slot within minutes. This was the No. 48 Chevrolet driver’s 69th career victory. He also now holds 2014’s title of being the first driver with three wins.
“Even at 69 wins, I still cherish them all,” Johnson said. “It is not easy to win in this sport.”
Congratulations to Jimmie and his crew!
What do you think, HollywoodLifers, could he be in the running for his seventh Cup title? Let us know!
— Brittany King