Jimmie Johnson gets 5th Sprint Cup win at Texas

3 years 6 months 6 days ago Saturday, April 11 2015 Apr 11, 2015 Saturday, April 11, 2015 10:45:00 PM CDT April 11, 2015 in Sports
By: The Associated Press

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Jimmie Johnson led 128 laps to get his fifth career NASCAR Sprint Cup victory at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday night.

Johnson also won in November at Texas, where all four of his previous wins had been in fall races.

Kevin Harvick, the series points leader who has already won twice this season, finished second.

The runner-up finish for Harvick comes after he finished eighth in Martinsville in the last Cup race two weeks ago. That ended his run of eight consecutive races finishing first or second, the longest such stretch since Richard Petty did it 11 times in a row in 1975.

This was the fifth time in Johnson's last seven starts at the 1 1/2-mile, high-banked track that he led at least 100 laps. This is fourth win in the span that also includes a runner-up finish in the spring race three years ago.

The only other driver with more than two Cup wins at Texas is Carl Edwards, a three-time winner. He finished 10th, ending his career-long streak of eight consecutive finishes outside the top 10. It was his first top 10 for Joe Gibbs Racing.

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