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Jimmie Johnson rallies to win at Loudon

NASCAr Sprint Cup
Sunday, June 27, 2010

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Jimmie Johnson celebrates his second consecutive win after winning in Sonoma, Calif.
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One of these days, people will stop doubting Jimmie Johnson.  The four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion can lose a race, or two, and folks automatically write him off as a contender.

Sunday, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Johnson played second fiddle, as he sometimes does, for most of the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 before putting a payback bump-and-run on Kurt Busch.

Busch had nudged Johnson aside with seven laps remaining with a bumper-tag finesse usually associated with ballet, but this high-speed dance was sheer poetry in motion. Johnson repaid the favor with just a few laps to go, providing high-end drama to a race that had only four caution flags.

Tony Stewart slipped past Busch for second place on the last lap. Busch was third. Jeff Gordon was fourth and NASCAR Sprint Cup points leader Kevin Harvick finished fifth.

Four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson pulls away from two-time champion Tony Stewart in the No. 14 and 2004 champ Kurt Busch in the No. 2
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Rounding out the top 10 were Ryan Newman, Clint Bowyer, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Joey Logano and A. J. Allmendinger. Kyle Busch, one of the leaders and a contender all day, wound up 11th after colliding with Jeff Burton and spinning during one of the late restarts. Burton, who led 89 laps, was a definite factor before the spin. Kyle Busch led 46 laps.

Sunday’s victory was the 52nd of Johnson's career and his fifth of this season.

Pole winner Juan Pablo Montoya and fellow front-row starter Kasey Kahne led laps before problems sidelined both drivers late in the race. Kahne, who led a race-high 110 laps, lost an engine. Montoya, who led 36 laps, was wrecked by Reed Sorensen.

Montoya jumped off to a good start when the green flag fell, pulling ahead of second-place Kurt Busch by a little more than a second. The top 10 at Lap 25 were Montoya, Busch, Kahne, Newman, Bowyer, Johnson, Newman, Mark Martin, David Reutimann and Gordon.

Debris in Turn 3 brought out the first caution at Lap 35. Kahne beat everyone out of the pits, followed by Martin. Montoya quickly advanced from fifth place to second. Kahne pretty much controlled things during this part of the race. Kyle Busch had moved to second, dropping Montoya to third with Burton on his bumper and Gordon running fifth.

Kyle passed Kahne for the lead shortly before the halfway mark.

Results

FIN CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's 190/5 301 Running
2 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Old Spice / Office Depot 175/5 301 Running
3 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite / Vortex 170/5 301 Running
4 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 160/0 301 Running
5 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 155/0 301 Running
6 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Haas Automation 155/5 301 Running
7 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Zaxby's 146/0 301 Running
8 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / Amp Energy 142/0 301 Running
9 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 138/0 301 Running
10 43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford Berlin City Auto Group 134/0 301 Running
11 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Interstate Batteries 135/5 301 Running
12 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Lenox Industrial Tools 132/5 301 Running
13 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota Lance Snacks / Tom's Mega Twisters 124/0 301 Running
14 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Freight 121/0 301 Running
15 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 118/0 301 Running
16 16 Greg Biffle Ford American Red Cross / 3M 115/0 301 Running
17 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Crown Royal Black 112/0 300 Running
18 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Suave 109/0 300 Running
19 19 Elliott Sadler Ford Stanley 111/5 300 Running
20 6 David Ragan Ford UPS 103/0 300 Running
21 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Carquest / GoDaddy.com 100/0 300 Running
22 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 97/0 300 Running
23 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge AAA / Go Penske 94/0 300 Running
24 83 Reed Sorenson Toyota Red Bull 91/0 300 Running
25 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 88/0 299 Running
26 12 Brad Keselowski Dodge AAA Insurance / Go Penske 85/0 299 Running
27 82 Scott Speed Toyota Red Bull 82/0 299 Running
28 98 Paul Menard Ford Energizer / Menards 79/0 299 Running
29 36 Casey Mears Chevrolet Mohawk Northeast 76/0 298 Running
30 7 Bobby Labonte Toyota SpeedFactory.tv 73/0 297 Running
31 26 David Stremme Ford Air National Guard / GTWGPS.com 70/0 294 Running
32 34 Kevin Conway * Ford Extenze 67/0 292 Running
33 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies 64/0 292 Running
34 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 66/5 280 Accident
35 37 David Gilliland Ford Taco Bell 58/0 268 Running
36 9 Kasey Kahne Ford Budweiser 65/10 236 Engine
37 71 Andy Lally Chevrolet TRG Motorsports 52/0 142 Brakes
38 46 J.J. Yeley Dodge Whitney Motorsports 49/0 84 Brakes
39 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota FrontRowJoe.com 46/0 68 Brakes
40 164 Todd Bodine Toyota Little Joe's Autos 43/0 31 Transmission
41 55 Michael McDowell Toyota Prism Motorsports 40/0 24 Electrical
42 66 Dave Blaney Toyota Prism Motorsports 37/0 20 Power Steering
43 13 Max Papis Toyota GEICO 34/0 11 Brakes

* Denotes Rookie

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