BUSCH: J. Johnson's Phonenix race ends early

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- A blown engine in the No. 92 ALLTEL Chevrolet Monte Carlo ended Jimmie Johnson's day early in the NASCAR Busch Series Outback Steakhouse 200 Saturday. Johnson and the ALLTEL Racing team appeared ready for their first...

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- A blown engine in the No. 92 ALLTEL Chevrolet Monte Carlo ended Jimmie Johnson's day early in the NASCAR Busch Series Outback Steakhouse 200 Saturday.

Johnson and the ALLTEL Racing team appeared ready for their first top-5 finish of the season with a strong car and an excellent qualifying run. Johnson lined up in the 5th position at the start of the race, tying his best qualifying effort of the season.

Johnson stayed at the front of the pack for the first segment of the race, battling with the race leaders. A caution flag thrown on lap 49 allowed the ALLTEL car to come into pit road running in 7th position. After adding fuel, and changing four tires, Johnson returned to the track anxious to race to the front.

Unfortunately, while running in 11th position, on lap 62, the motor failed. Johnson would be unable to continue the race, finishing a disappointing 40th. "We have had great motors all year. It was just a fluke because we haven't had a problem like this all season," Johnson said. "The ALLTEL crew worked hard to give me a good car, and we were running well. With only one more race in the season, and a tight points battle, we are going to need to direct our focus to Miami." Despite the disappointing finish, Johnson remains in the top-10 in the point standings.

In the last race of the season, the NASCAR Busch Series will head to Homestead-Miami Speedway. The Miami 300 will air live on NBC starting at 1:00 p.m. EST.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jimmie Johnson