Johnson wins at Michigan for the first time

 

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Brooklyn, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Jimmie Johnson can now scratch Michigan International Speedway off of his list of racetracks where he has yet to win a race on the current Sprint Cup Series schedule.

Johnson, the six-time and defending series champion, grabbed the lead for the final time after a round of green-flag pit stops concluded with 10 laps remaining in Sunday's Quicken Loans 400. The driver of the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet made his final stop with 35 laps to go. He beat Kevin Harvick, the pole sitter, to the finish line by 1.2 seconds. Harvick led the most laps with 63.

Johnson became the first driver to win three races this season. He scored back-to-back victories at Charlotte and Dover before finishing sixth in last weekend's event at Pocono.

He also gave Hendrick Motorsports its fifth consecutive points-paying race victory (Kansas through Michigan).

Brad Keselowski, a Michigan native, finished third, followed by Paul Menard, who won Saturday's Nationwide Series race at this track, and Kasey Kahne, who is Johnson's teammate.

Johnson's maiden win at Michigan, a 2-mile oval, came in his 25th start here. Those tracks where he has yet to score a victory include: Chicagoland, Homestead, Kentucky and Watkins Glen.

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