Jun 15, 2014; Brooklyn, MI, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson celebrates in victory lane after winning the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Jimmie Johnson claims first win at Michigan International Speedway


There aren’t very many places that Jimmie Johnson has not visited the winners circle at since his Sprint Cup (then Winston Cup) debut in 2002.  Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan was one of those places.

The multi-time Sprint Cup champion crossed that one off of his list Sunday by winning the Quicken Loans 400.  This was his first win at Michigan International Speedway in 25 career starts there in both the Nationwide and Sprint Cup series.

Johnson won for the 69th time during his Sprint Cup career, and for the third time in his last four races, outlasting pole winner Kevin Harvick to pull out the win by 1.21 seconds.

There are now just four tracks left on the current Sprint Cup circuit in which Johnson has not graced the winner’s circle with his presence.  Those would be Kentucky, Homestead-Miami, Watkins Glen, and Chicagoland.

This win put Johnson in second place in the points race behind Jeff Gordon.  Johnson is trying for his seventh Sprint Cup title, which would tie him for the most ever, along with legends Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt.

Even though Johnson was winless in his first 11 races of the 2014 season, he won back-to-back races at Charlotte and Dover to silence his critics and the skeptics.  With the win today, Johnson became the first three-time winner on the Sprint Cup tour this year.

Johnson will go for back-to-back wins for the second time this year next Sunday at Sonoma Raceway.

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