facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Johnson noses out Bowyer at Talladega

April 17, 2011 at 5:56 PM   |   Comments

TALLADEGA, Ala., April 17 (UPI) -- Jimmie Johnson used a push from teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the final lap Sunday to barely edge Clint Bowyer and win the Aaron's 499 at Talladega, Ala.

The help from his Hendrick Motorsports teammate enabled Johnson to nose out Bowyer by only 0.002 seconds -- the slimmest margin of victory in a Sprint Cup race since NASCAR began using electronic timing and scoring in the early 1990s.

Johnson, the five-time defending Sprint Cup champion, picked his 54th career Cup victory in the 500-mile race, which saw a record-tying 88 lead changes.

Pole-sitter Jeff Gordon came in third, Earnhardt finished fourth and defending Talladega champ Kevin Harvick claimed fifth -- all finishing within 0.145 seconds of each other.

© 2011 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
Celebrity Couples of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Celebrity Couples of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
Vikings exempt Adrian Peterson until child abuse allegations resolved, not suspended but can't play Vikings exempt Adrian Peterson until child abuse allegations resolved, not suspended but can't play
2
Surging Lions entertain struggling Argos
3
Zygi Wilf: 'We made a mistake'
4
NFL Players Association appeals Ray Rice's indefinite suspension NFL Players Association appeals Ray Rice's indefinite suspension
5
Lone Star State showdown pits Aggies against Mustangs
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback