Johnson Wins Darlington and A Pit-road Incident

With its 14th victory at Darlington Raceway, by Jimmie Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports reached historic Cup Series win No. 200.

Jimmie Johnson broke free Saturday night to power past Tony Stewart and Denny Hamlin on the final restart after Kurt Busch and Ryan Newman spun out. It was Johnson’s first victory since Kansas last October Breaking a 16 race winless drought for the five-time NASCAR champion.

Denny Hamlin was second, followed by Stewart and Kyle Busch. Martin Truex Jr. was fifth, followed by Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards, Kasey Kahne, Marcos Ambrose and Joey Logano.

Kurt Busch slid his No. 51 Chevrolet into the wall on Lap 361 while running in the top 15 and cut a right front tire. Ryan Newman had his own issues when he checked up in Turn 2 to avoid contact.

The incident grew when Busch came to pit road for repairs and exited through the Newman’s stall, which was next to his pit. Newman’s crew were forced to jump out of the way to avoid being hit.

After the race Busch and Newman found each other on pit road — as Kurt Busch ran into the back of Newman’s Chevrolet. Newman’s No. 39 gasman Andy Rueger charged the Phoenix Racing team and a NASCAR official was knocked down.

Newman, Gibson and Rueger were called to the NASCAR hauler following the incident. NASCAR’s sanctioning body had not yet spoke to Busch and was taking the incident under review.

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