Make it 200 wins for Rick Hendrick.
Jimmie Johnson held off Tony Stewart and Denny Hamlin to win the 62nd Annual Bojangles’ Southern 500 from Darlington Raceway. The win, Johnson’s first of the 2012 season, gave Hendrick Motorsports their 200th career victory.
The final caution occurred with six laps remaining when Kurt Busch side-swiped the wall and Aric Almirola spun Ryan Newman. The caution would bring the third green-white-checkered finish at Darlington Raceway.
It had been 16 races since Jimmie Johnson last won his last NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
After the race, Rick Hendrick thanked all the fans of Hendrick Motorsports, the different drivers throughout the organization’s history, everyone at the shop, and the different sponsors. He also dedicated the 200th win to the lives lost on October 24, 2004. Hendrick also mentioned a huge party with Brad Paisley tonight to celebrate the big win. Four haulers with special 200th win Hendrick memorabilia has been traveling with the NASCAR Sprint Cup team behind Hendrick’s back in preparation for this big day.
In Gatorade Victory Lane Jimmie Johnson climbed out of his car and gave Rick Hendrick a big bear hug and told the media “You’ve got to heart that man[Rick Hendrick].”
Some of Hendrick’s 200 victories include three Daytona 500 wins with Gordon, one with Bodine and Johnson, five Brickyard 400 victories with Gordon and three more with Johnson, 10 Sprint Cup championships combined with Johnson, Gordon, and Terry Labonte. Read the rest of this entry »