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Johnson give Hendricks 200th win

May 13, 2012 at 12:45 AM   |   Comments

DARLINGTON, S.C., May 13 (UPI) -- Jimmie Johnson's fuel gamble paid off in a Sprint Cup Series victory at Darlington Raceway Saturday, handing Hendrick Motorsports its 200th NASCAR victory.

Johnson finished 0.8 seconds ahead of Denny Hamlin after conserving just enough fuel to garner the triumph for team owner Rick Hendrick, who finally achieved the landmark title following a 16-race winless streak.

Johnson, a five-time Sprint Cup champion, also gave Hendrick Motorsports its 199th win in October at Kansas Speedway.

Tony Stewart turned in a strong third-place performance. Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. rounded out the Top 5 finishers.

Points leader Greg Biffle remained atop the point standings despite his 12th-place showing.

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