Event: NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Crown Royal 400 (Race No. 10 of 36) Richmond, Va. Weather: Sunny and cool Winner: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the ...
Event: NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Crown Royal 400 (Race No. 10 of 36)
Weather: Sunny and cool
Winner: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Chevrolet from Hendrick Motorsports
Top-five finishers: Johnson, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Jeff Gordon and Kurt Busch
Race recap: After the race was delayed one day due to rain showers that drenched the area, Jimmie Johnson won the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race at Richmond, Va., on Sunday afternoon.
Johnson passed Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kyle Busch just after the race's last caution and restart, then went on to lead the final 20 laps for his fourth victory of the young season. He edged Busch by a 0.723-second margin at the line. The win also was Hendrick's fourth in as many "Car of Tomorrow" races held so far in 2007 -- Busch won at Bristol, Jeff Gordon at Phoenix and Johnson at Martinsville and Richmond.
The race had 14 cautions for 84 laps and 24 lead changes among 12 drivers. Gordon led a race-high 114 laps, while Kevin Harvick and Johnson each led 105.
Gordon continued his dominance in the overall standings. He has not finished worse than 12th this season and has eight top-four finishes in 10 races. He now leads Johnson by 211 points overall, followed by Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin and Jeff Burton.
Goodyear quote -- Rick Heinrich, product manager: "After the rainout on Saturday night, conditions changed completely for the teams when the race was run in sunshine on a 'green' racing surface that had been washed free of rubber buildup. Being an impound race, teams also were not allowed to make any adjustments on their cars before the race started. Our new combination of Goodyear Eagles adapted well to the change in track conditions and performed well all day."
The Nextel Cup series will run next on Saturday night at Darlington Raceway.
Companion event: On a late-race caution, just two cars stayed out on the track while all the other leaders, including Clint Bowyer, pitted for service. Bowyer, with fresher Goodyear tires, eventually passed both cars on older tires and held off Matt Kenseth by nearly one- and one-half seconds to win the NASCAR Busch race at Richmond on Friday. Carl Edwards leads the overall standings by 402 points over Kevin Harvick after 11 of 35 events.