Jimmie Johnson’s late four tire pit stop led him to victory lane for his 76th Sprint Cup victory. Johnson now ties the late Dale Earnhardt in Sprint Cup wins.
While it looked like Johnson would run away with the win at Atlanta, having a 5 second lead over Kevin Harvick, a blown tire sent Ryan Newman spinning with 3 laps to go.
Johnson kept his lead after pitting with the leaders. He pulled ahead of Harvick, who spun his tires on the restart, and raced back to the line after a four car crash concluded the event.
Johnson didn’t hesitate to pay respects to the late Dale Earnhardt as he held up three fingers during his victory celebration. He stated “It’s such an honor” to be tied for 76 wins with Earnhardt despite have never sharing the track him.
Dale Earnhardt Jr graciously offered his thoughts on his teammate’s victory that tied his father’s record, “I think Dad would have liked Jimmie as a person, but he certainly wouldn’t have enjoyed competing against him.”
Dale Jr. finished second following Johnson’s victory.