Ft. Worth - Four-time defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet, maintains the point standing's lead with a runner-up finish at Texas Motor Speedway. Johnson led four times for a total of 39 laps and recovered from a green flag pit stop for a flat front left tire to storm back to second during the final laps of the 334-lap rain delayed Samsung Mobile 500.
Team Chevy drivers claimed four of the top-10 finishing positions. Mark Martin, No. 5 Hendrickcars.com/GoDaddy.com Chevrolet, finished sixth and jumped to 10th in the standings following the eighth race of the season.
Kevin Harvick, No. 29 Shell-Pennzoil Chevrolet, finished seventh and continues to hold fourth in points.
Dale Earnhardt, Jr., No. 88 AMP Energy/National Guard Chevrolet, came home in the eighth finishing position after leading seven times for 46 laps. Junior jumped three places to seventh in the standings.
Jeff Burton, No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet, led once for 10 laps but ultimately finished 12th. He sits eighth in the standings.
A nine car wreck on lap 319 sidelined pole sitter Tony Stewart, No. 14 Office Depot/Old Spice Chevrolet. The two-time NSCS champion finished 32nd after leading five times for 74 laps. The disappointing finish dropped Stewart to 13th in points.
Four-time champion Jeff Gordon, No. 24 DuPont/National Guard Special Forces Chevrolet, was also caught up in the multi-car melee after leading the most laps in the race, six-times for 124 laps. Gordon remains fifth in the point standings.
The race was won by Denny Hamlin (Toyota). Kyle Busch (Toyota), Kurt Busch (Dodge) and Kasey Kahne (Ford) completed the top-five finishers.
The series moves to Talladega Superspeedway for the April 25th running of the Aaron's 499.
ADDITIONAL DRIVER COMMENT:
KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 SHELL-PENNZOIL CHEVROLET, FINISHED 7TH:
"We battled all day today. Our Shell-Pennzoil Chevy was hitting the ground for most of the race, and that really hurt us. It affected all of our adjustments and made the car very inconsistent.
"My spotter did a great job today when we avoided that huge wreck on the frontstretch. We dodged a bullet and salvaged a solid finish. Those are the things that show me that our team has matured. We need to work on our cars a little more, but we can get there. I am proud of our guys."
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S CHEVROLET POST RACE TRANSCRIPT – FINISHED 2ND: