June 25, 2010 > Johnson grabs first road course race in Sonoma
Johnson grabs first road course race in Sonoma
Photo and article by William Mancebo
After 11 consecutive races without a victory - a bit of a slump for Jimmie Johnson, who's won the last four NASCAR Sprint Cup championships - he once again found the sweet taste of success during the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma on Sunday, June 20.
Marcos Ambrose was leading the race with six laps to go and seemed to have his first Sprint Cup win virtually in the bag. He then gambled with strategy that cost him a checkered ending and handed Johnson his fourth victory of the season.
While leading under caution, Ambrose killed the engine, in an apparent attempt to save fuel. Heading uphill on the course his car rolled to a stop. Before he could re-fire the engine, he had slipped back to seventh place. The race was restarted on lap 106, Johnson made a break and held on to win the first road course race out of his 307 career Cup starts.
The wine country taking was a double shot for Johnson who coupled that first road course win with the 51st victory of his career.
The next stop in the series will be on Sunday, June 27 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the LENOX Industrial Tools 301.