Johnson Takes 50th Career Win, First at Bristol

By Toby Christie (Originally appeared on

Jimmie Johnson had done just about everything possible in NASCAR, except win at Bristol… well until Sunday in the Food City 500. Johnson was able to rebound from restarting 6th after taking four tires with 13 laps to go. It only took the four-time champion three laps to get back to the front. This win marks Johnson’s 50th career win, which ties him for tenth on the all-time win list with Ned Jarrett and Junior Johnson.

He was able to hold off Tony Stewart who came home second after utilizing great pit strategy. Kurt Busch, who has five career victories at Bristol, led the most laps on Sunday and looked poised for another win… but it wasn’t to be.

Greg Biffle and Matt Kenseth rounded out the top-five and continued their streaks of finishing inside the top-ten in every race thus far in 2010.

Speaking of Kenseth he now has closed to within one point of Kevin Harvick’s point lead, and despite winning three of the first five races this season Jimmie Johnson is still only third in the points.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. looked good today, even after several fights with his crew on the radio he finished seventh and jumped five spots in points to eighth. This puts him right into contention for the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

Author: Toby Christie

Toby is the Editor of and Social Media Director of all things @TheFinalLap. He is the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly radio show and podcast, and he is the writer and co-host of the Racing Legends podcast. Additionally, Toby is a NMPA (National Motorsports Press Association) award winning writer, and has followed the sport as a fan since 1993.

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