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RECAP: SPARTA, Ky. – All four Hendrick Motorsports drivers put on impressive performances to finish in the top 10 during Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Kentucky Speedway. This marks the third consecutive week that all of the organization’s drivers have recorded a top-10 result. After qualifying 25th at the Kentucky tri-oval, Johnson immediately began his forward march. The driver of the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet SS maneuvered through the field and cracked the top 10 by Lap 76. Johnson continued his run in the top 10 until he came down pit road for tires and fuel at Lap 127. Due to a tough pit stall location, Johnson lost several positions on the stop. With patience and strategy, Johnson climbed through the ranks and by Lap 181, he was running sixth. While he was racing for position on lap 190, Johnson made contact with another car causing him to drop to 20th in the field. From there, handling became an issue and his Chevy SS became loose. Johnson rallied in the closing laps and clawed his way to 10th, where he finished the 400-mile event.
QUOTING JIMMIE: “We had issues that started on Friday. We didn’t qualify well that had us in a terrible spot with track position. I would work my way to the front and get in the top 10, top five and then come down pit road and because of our poor qualifying position we just didn’t have a good pit stall. I was between the No. 10 (Danica Patrick) and the No. 18 (Kyle Busch) and they were both fast all night long. I would lose five or six spots on pit road each time. According to lap times what I heard in my ear I think we were a competitive car and we could have been up there and maybe had a look at those guys in some clean air. But we just messed up on Friday and got behind the eight ball.”
OTHER HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS FINISHERS: Dale Earnhardt Jr. (5th), Jeff Gordon (6th), Kasey Kahne (8th)
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