Johnson grabs win from Keselowski

Johnson grabs win from Keselowski

Jimmie Johnson made a late surge to beat long-time leader Brad Keselowski to victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup’s Texas 500.

Monday, November 09, 2015 (12:05 pm)
Keselowski, seeking a win to book his place in the championship decider at Homestead, had dominated the race, leading 312 of the 334 laps for Penske, only to lose out to a charging Johnson with four laps to run.

Johnson, already eliminated from the Chase, made the most of a battle between Keselowski and Martin Truex Jr to pile on the pressure during the final green-flag run.

His victory was his fifth of 2015 and his sixth at Texas Motor Speedway.

Keselowski was forced to settle for second, with fellow Chase runner Kevin Harvick third, despite suffering two tyre failures during the 500-mile long race.

The defending Cup champion was forced to finish the race with one hand on the wheel and another on the shifter as his Stewart-Haas Chevrolet jumped out of gear.

Kyle Busch beat Joe Gibbs Racing team-mate Carl Edwards to finish fourth, as Dale Earnhardt Jr fought from a lap down after a spin and a cut tyre to claim sixth.

Fellow Chase contender Kurt Busch was seventh from Truex, who faded in the closing laps after a bump from Keselowski while fighting for the lead at the final restart.

Jeff Gordon, who has already secured his berth in the championship decider, came home ninth.

Joey Logano’s hopes of progressing to the final four title shootout now rest on an outright victory at Phoenix next time out as his race was destroyed by an exploding tyre after just 10 laps.

He trailed home in 40th, 66 laps down after a lengthy stint in the garage as his team battled to repair considerable internal damage to his Penske Ford.

Erik Jones, substituting for the suspended Matt Kenseth at Joe Gibbs Racing, was 12th.

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