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Johnson Lassos Another Win At Texas
 
Jimmie Johnson has always had a knack for winning at Texas Motor Speedway, but this win was a little more difficult for Johnson who started the race at the rear of the field due to flat spotting his tires during qualifying. To make things more difficult Texas Motor Speedway had just repaved their track including decreasing the banking in turns 1 and 2 and widening the track. Despite all these changes Jimmie moved through the field at a steady pace and found himself in contention for the win on the last restart. After taking 2 tires on the last pit stop, Jimmie would pass Joey Logano with 16 to go and win his 7th race at Texas Motor Speedway. This win was even more impressive considering Johnson was under the weather during the race and looked extremely pale climbing out of his car in victory lane. This win locks Jimmie up for the playoffs come September where he can become the first ever 8 time cup champion.

Kyle Larson also had to start in the back due to not being able to qualify, but the points leader quickly made his way up the field. However Larson had a pit road penalty early that cost Larson the win as he fell just 1 lap short of passing Johnson making this race his 5th 2nd place finish in the last 8 races. Thanks to Todd Gordon, pitting off sequence helped Joey Logano get a third place finish after being around 10th for most of the race. Jr. Nation finally had something to cheer about as Dale Jr. had a strong car for most of the race and got his first top 5 finish since returning from his concussion that sidelined him for the second half of the 2016 season.

It was a bittersweet run for Ryan Blaney as he couldn’t finish in the top 10 after winning the first 2 stages of the race. Both strategy, having his tempers flare towards rookie Corey LaJoie, and a horrendous last pit stop where the jack fell down during the stop led to a disappointing 12th place finish for the Wood Brothers driver. Austin Dillon was the victim of one of the weirdest malfunctions in recent history when both the track bar mount and the upper control arm broke during the pace laps. Dillon would limp into the garage before the race even started and eventually finish 33rd 12 laps down.  

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