Jimmie Johnson Wins in Wild Race in Texas

Jimmie Johnson celebrates his win in the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Photo by Todd Warshaw/NASCAR via Getty Images
Jimmie Johnson celebrates his win in the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Photo by Todd Warshaw/NASCAR via Getty Images

NASCAR visited Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday and tempers flared again, this time on pit road, in the race’s aftermath.

Most of the cautions throughout came from debris, but yellow fever arrived in force towards the end of the race. On lap 303, the caution came when Joey Logano spun after developing a flat tire. Then, on lap 313, Kasey Kahne spun and eventually made contact with Marcos Ambrose. Kahne spun again on lap 320, bringing the caution back out. Then came the first attempt at a green-white-checkers finish. Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon were racing for the lead when Brad Keselowski made an attempt to pass between the two in what he believed was an opening between Johnson and Gordon. Instead, Keselowski and Gordon made contact with each other, which sent Gordon spinning and out of contention for the win. This brought out a caution again, which meant a second attempt at a green-white-checkered finish. During the second green-white-checkered attempt, Johnson was able to take the lead and gain the win.

Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, and Jamie McMurray rounded out the top five.

After the race, Gordon went to confront Keselowski about the incident but was held back by one of Keselowski’s crew members. As Keselowski started to walk away, Harvick entered the picture and pushed Keselowski back into the mix. Gordon then grabbed Keselowski and a fight between their crews broke out. NASCAR has since announced that they will be assessing and handing out penalties for the fight early this week.

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