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Jimmie Johnson claimed his second victory in a row, taking the checkered flag at the Food City 500 Monday at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee.Alex Bowman @AlexBRacing
Heck yeah @JimmieJohnson you are the man 🤘🏼2017-4-24 20:21:37
Johnson finished a little under two seconds ahead of Clint Bowyer. Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano rounded out the top five:
|Food City 500 Leaderboard—Top 10|
|Martin Truex Jr.||116|
|Ricky Stenhouse Jr.|
Johnson climbed to second in the Chase for the Monster Energy Cup standings on the strength of Monday's race:
|Chase for the Monster Energy Cup Standings|
Fox Sports: NASCAR shared a replay of the final lap. Johnson cruised to the finish line:FOX SPORTS: NASCAR @NASCARONFOX
RT to congratulate @JimmieJohnson on his win at @BMSUpdates! #NASCAR @FOXTV @TeamHendrick https://t.co/dJcSHbtdWR2017-4-24 20:23:00
Johnson and his crew celebrated appropriately:Doug Rice @Riceman61
Here's @JimmieJohnson enjoying some victory doughnuts @BMSupdates @PRNlive https://t.co/j4fwOI5Ink2017-4-24 20:24:04Bob Pockrass @bobpockrass
Johnson team celebrates as he does a burnout. https://t.co/KlVAW8z6rs2017-4-24 20:26:07
Timing is everything, and Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Larson picked the worst time to make mistakes on pit road.
Larson was the Stage 1 winner and led the most laps (202) of any driver Monday. Truex won Stage 2 and led the second-most laps (116). Each driver was penalized for speeding on pit road. Larson still challenged for the lead, while Truex's misstep came with 32 laps to go, severely hampering his chances of winning.
Neither driver fully recovered. Larson placed sixth and Truex placed eighth.
Inclement weather wreaked havoc on NASCAR's schedule for the Food City 500. Rain washed out qualifying on Friday, gifting Larson the pole since he had the most points entering the weekend. Race officials then moved the start of the race from Sunday to Monday after steady rain showers hit Bristol throughout Sunday morning.
The weather finally cooperated Monday, with the Food City 500 running without any major issues. Fox Sports' Jamie Little explained how race officials used a unique substance to ensure optimal track conditions (via NASCAR's official Twitter account):NASCAR @NASCAR
So ... what's that substance giving @BMSupdates extra grip? @JamieLittleTV explains! #NASCARonFOX https://t.co/UYrGVFNlPn2017-4-24 17:40:49
ESPN's Ryan McGee and NASCAR on NBC reacted to their poor finishes:Ryan McGee @ESPNMcGee
Kyle Busch & Goodyear this season... #NASCAR https://t.co/TPpeXRLseE2017-4-24 18:44:15NASCAR on NBC @NASCARonNBC
Fans of @keselowski today, probably. #NASCAR #ItsBristolBaby https://t.co/4DaNaqFyXe2017-4-24 19:18:45
Drivers will be working with a shorter week as they prepare for the Toyota Owners 400 Sunday at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Virginia. Qualifying is set to begin Friday afternoon, leaving drivers with little time to recover from Monday's race and make the trip to eastern Virginia.
By his incredibly high standards, Johnson had a somewhat sluggish start to the 2017 season. In his first six races, he had one top-10 finish and led 28 collective laps.