JIMMIE JOHNSON GETS SIXTH WIN OF SEASON AT CHEVY ROCK & ROLL 400; LEADS NINE TEAM CHEVY DRIVERS INTO THE CHASE FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP, AND CLINCHES MANUFACTURERS' CUP FOR CHEVROLET RICHMOND, VA - With his win of the Chevy Rock & Roll 400, Jimmie...
JIMMIE JOHNSON GETS SIXTH WIN OF SEASON AT CHEVY ROCK & ROLL 400; LEADS NINE TEAM CHEVY DRIVERS INTO THE CHASE FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP, AND CLINCHES MANUFACTURERS' CUP FOR CHEVROLET
RICHMOND, VA - With his win of the Chevy Rock & Roll 400, Jimmie Johnson swept both NASCAR Nextel Cup races at Richmond International Raceway and positioned himself at the top of the leader board as the series moves into the final 10-race Chase for the Championship. With 10 races remaining on the schedule, Johnson's victory in the No. 48 Lowe's Impala SS also clinched the 31st all-time Manufacturers' Cup title for Chevrolet.
Johnson has scored six wins on the '07 tour to date, more than any other driver. The field of 12 contenders locked in the Chase for the Championship feature nine Team Chevy drivers:
Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet
Jeff Gordon, No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet
Tony Stewart, No. 20 Home Depot Chevrolet
Denny Hamlin, No. 11 FedEx Chevrolet
Martin Truex Jr., No. 1 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet
Kyle Busch, No. 25 Kellogg's / CARQUEST Chevrolet
Jeff Burton, No. 31 AT&T Chevrolet
Kevin Harvick, No. 29 Shell-Pennzoil Chevrolet
Clint Bowyer, No. 07 Jack Daniels Chevrolet
"We just had a solid effort all night," said Johnson, who is looking for a second Nextel Cup trophy this year. "Parts of the race, especially the first two-thirds of it, we had a good car, maybe not the fastest car. We kept working on it and got the car right, great stops at the end, got me the track position I needed and we were really able to set sail there. I just can't thank these guys for never giving up and fighting all night long. We had a third or fourth place until the end and we made the right adjustments and got this victory."
Four of the top five finishers were in Impala SS race cars, seven of the top 10. With 26 races in the books, Chevrolet has made 19 trips to victory lane.
The next race, Round 1 in the Chase for the Nextel Cup Championship, will be September 16 at New Hampshire International Raceway.
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