Jimmie Johnson Kisses the Bricks at Indy, Maintains Lead in NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Standings
Chevrolet Extends Points Lead in NNCS Manufacturers' Cup Standings
Indianapolis - Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe's Monte Carlo SS, captured the victory in the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. The win is his fourth of the 2006 season, and he became the second driver in history to win both the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400 in the same year.
Starting in the fifth position, Johnson rallied from a flat tire on lap 39 of the 160-lap race while running in the third position. After dropping to 39th in the running order, Johnson battled his way through the field to emerge back in the top-10 by the halfway point of the event.
The win extended Johnson's lead in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series (NNCS) standings with five races leading into the Chase for the Championship.
Johnson's victory was the eighth for Chevrolet at IMS - more than any other manufacturer. It is the third time in the 13-event history of the Brickyard 400 that Chevrolet has won both the pole and the race.
With seven Monte Carlo SS drivers finishing in the top-10, Chevrolet extended its lead in the NNCS Manufacturers' Cup standings. Monte Carlo SS drivers hold eight of the top-10 positions in the Chase to the Championship
Kevin Harvick, No. 29 Reese's/GM Goodwrench Monte Carlo SS, finished third followed by Clint Bowyer, No. 07 Jack Daniel's Monte Carlo SS.
Dale Earnhardt, Jr., No. 8 Budweiser Monte Carlo SS, captured the sixth finishing position followed by Kyle Busch, No. 5 Kellogg's/Delphi Monte Carlo SS, and Tony Stewart, No. 20 Home Depot Monte Carlo SS in seventh and eighth, respectively. NNCS Raybestos ROTY points leader Denny Hamlin finished 10th.
The NNCS Manufacturers' Cup standings following the race are:
Chevrolet 159 points 13 wins
Dodge 131 points 5 wins
Ford 119 points 3 wins
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S MONTE CARLO SS - RACE WINNER:
"Happy Birthday Knaus! Hey guys, I cannot tell you how much respect I have for you as a race team. You guys are the absolute best in the business. Thank you for your hard work."
CHAD KNAUS, CREW CHIEF, NO. 48 LOWE'S MONTE CARLO SS:
"I have no idea what to say! Guys, this is honestly the best weekend of my life! You guys are the best out there. Thank you so much.
"I have a great toy box. I just go in there and I get to pick and choose all the stuff I need. Everybody at Hendrick Motorsports did a great job. These guys are so strong and work so well together. There confidence is always so high, that anytime something comes up, we just dig deeper."
RICK HENDRICK, TEAM OWNER, HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS
"I think those last 20 laps were the longest. That last caution came out and I thought boy this can't be happening. Boy he (Jimmie Johnson) did a heck of a job getting back to the front. It was a heck of a race. He had a flat tire, had to go to the back, then with Jeff's (Gordon) problems, it was an up and down day, but it was a lot of good racing. You never count this race as winning it until you see a checkered flag because there are so many things that can happen here. Jimmie drove an unbelievable race and Chad (Knaus, crew chief) called an awesome pit road race today.