AAA Texas 500 2015: NASCAR Winner, recap and results from Texas

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Jimmie Johnson may be done in the Chase, but he proved on Sunday he’s still a driver to watch every week. Six-Time clinched his fifth win of the season and sixth overall at Texas, expanding his own record at the track.

After an entire afternoon of charging up near the front of the pack, Johnson finally got his chance on the final laps. A pass of Brad Keselowski on Lap 331 was all Johnson would need to shock the Chase field.

Three laps later, it was JJ who took the checkered flag. It’s his 75th, putting him one behind Dale Earnhardt for seventh on the all-time wins list.

“Wow. That is all there is to it,” Johnson said of creeping up on Earnhardt’s mark. “I forgot about that. So happy to be where we are at. So honored, been so fortunate with great cars, great teammates and look forward to that day to tie such a stud.”

Meanwhile, Keselowski tried to remain optimistic after coming up just short.

“As strong as we ran today, if we can carry that over to Homestead, good lord, watch out,” Keselowski said. “As I sit right now, I don’t know what I could have done differently, or should have done differently.”

Keselowski may have missed out on a crucial win, but he completely dominated the rest of the field until the end of the race. His 312 laps led were not only absurd, but also helped set a record at a track where he’s still never won a race.

Team Penske got a strong race from Kes, but Joey Logano barely got going before his afternoon was ruined. The No. 22 car went for a spin when his tire went down, sending him to the garage before returning to finish 40th. He’s currently last on the Chase Grid after two straight finishes in the back of the pack.

The other seven Chase drivers finished in the top 10 with Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards rounding out the top five. In his first race in relief of Matt Kenseth, who is suspended for two races, Erik Jones finished 12th after running up near the top 10 all afternoon. He won the Trucks race and took home a fourth-place result in the Xfinity race.

Here’s a look at the full results before the final race of the Eliminator Round of the Chase at Phoenix International Raceway.

  1. Jimmie Johnson
  2. Brad Keselowski
  3. Kevin Harvick
  4. Kyle Busch
  5. Carl Edwards
  6. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  7. Kurt Busch
  8. Martin Truex Jr.
  9. Jeff Gordon
  10. Jamie McMurray
  11. Austin Dillon
  12. Erik Jones
  13. Paul Menard
  14. Brian Scott
  15. Clint Bowyer
  16. Danica Patrick
  17. A.J. Allmendinger
  18. Aric Almirola
  19. Greg Biffle
  20. Kasey Kahne
  21. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  22. Ryan Newman
  23. David Ragan
  24. Sam Hornish Jr.
  25. Landon Cassill
  26. Casey Mears
  27. Cole Whitt
  28. Justin Allgaier
  29. David Gilliland
  30. Brett Moffitt
  31. Michael Annett
  32. Jeb Burton
  33. J.J. Yeley
  34. Michael McDowell
  35. Matt DiBenedetto
  36. Ryan Preece
  37. Kyle Larson
  38. Denny Hamlin
  39. Trevor Bayne
  40. Joey Logano
  41. Alex Bowman
  42. Tony Stewart
  43. Ryan Blaney

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