BRISTOL (WJHL) – Jimmie Johnson, driver of the No. 48 car, won the 57th annual Food City 500 Monday afternoon.
According to a NASCAR news release, Johnson’s win in Bristol secured his 82nd victory in 551 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series races, and his second victory and third Top-10 finish in 2017.
Monday’s win also gave Johnson his second victory and 18th Top-10 finish in 31 races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
In a post-race interview, Johnson called his performance Monday at BMS “very solid.”
“This is what we work so hard to do, and I truly feel like NASCAR drivers are the best drivers in the world, and any time you can ring the bell and win one of these shows, you’ve done something. You really have,” Johnson said. “To win here and to run that competitive all day means a lot to me. I’ve loved this racetrack from afar, made my first laps here in 2000 in a Busch Car, and was like, ‘where am I?’ ‘what’s going on?’ ‘how do I get around this race track?’ And it’s been a journey since 2000 until now.”
Clint Bowyer, driver of the No. 14 car, finished second.
According to a news release, Bowyer secured his 11th Top-10 finish in 23 races at Bristol Motor Speedway and his fourth Top-10 finish in 2017.
“We’ve come a long way with this team. These guys have worked so hard; it’s a fun group, everybody at Haas. My teammates are awesome. It’s so much fun to work with this group each and every week,” Bowyer said. “You want to be up there and win it. But the day we had, I got caught speeding on pit road and had to bounce back.The guys kept working on the car.”
Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 car, placed third in Monday’s race, posting his 16th Top-10 finish in 33 races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Driver of the No. 42 car Kyle Larson had to pole for Monday’s race and led a large portion of the Food City 500, winning the first stage of the race.
Larson finished the race in sixth place. He currently leads the point standings by 27 points over Chase Elliott.
4:20 p.m. – Jimmie Johnson is the winner of the Food City 500. Clint Bowyer finishes second, followed by Kevin Harvick and Matt Kenseth.
4:18 p.m. – 10 laps to go. Jimmie Johnson is your current race leader.
4:14 p.m. – The battle for first is between three cars — Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Larson.
4:11 p.m. – Coming back after the caution and the No. 4 car of Kevin Harvick is in the top position, followed by Denny Hamlin and Kyle Larson.
4:07 p.m. – CAUTION: Involving the No. 27 car of Paul Menard and the No. 5 car of Kasey Kahne.
4:03 p.m – 50 laps to go. Your current race leader is Jimmie Johnson, followed by Martin Truex, Jr., Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick.
3:51 p.m.- We’ve got 80 laps to go race fans, and No. 77 car of Erik Jones goes into the wall.
3:50 p.m.- Here are your current race leaders: Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano, Kyle Larson, Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex, Jr.
3:45 p.m.- After the caution, Jimmie Johnson passes Joey Logano to take the lead of the Food City 500.
3:38 p.m.- CAUTION: Kyle Busch goes into the wall. Leaders are heading into the pits.
3:30 p.m.- The No. 22 of Joey Logano is the new race leader of the Food City 500, followed by Martin Truex, Jr. and Kyle Larson.
3:24 p.m.- We’re back to racing. 169 laps to go race fans!
3:19 p.m.- CAUTION involving the the No. 10 of Danica Patrick and No. 38 of David Ragan.
3:18 p.m.- Here’s our view from the Press Box here at BMS. We’re at Lap 319!
3:14 p.m.- Here are your current leaders: Martin Truex, Jr., Joey Logano, Kyle Larson, Kevin Harvick and Jimmie Johnson.
3:09 p.m.- Martin Truex, Jr. is still our race leader here at Bristol Motor Speedway, followed by the No. 42 car of Kyle Larson. We’re at Lap 289 of the Food City 500.
3:03 p.m.- We’re racing again at BMS. Martin Truex, Jr. is your current leader. The No. 4 car of Kevin Harvick is running 2nd, and the No. 42 car of Kyle Larson is in 3rd. Denny Hamlin is currently in 4th place, and Joey Logano is in 5th.
2:56 p.m.- Martin Truex, Jr. wins Stage 2 of the Food City 500. We’re halfway here at BMS. Following Truex, Jr. is No. 22 of Joey Logano and No. 48 of Jimmie Johnson.
2:47 p.m.- Here we go racing again! Martin Truex, Jr., is our current leader, followed by No. 22 of Joey Logan and the No. 48 of Jimmie Johnson.
2:39 p.m. – After the restart, we have another caution after the No. 88 car of Dale Earnhardt, Jr., hit the wall. We’re at Lap 219 here at Bristol.
2:33 p.m.- CAUTION at Lap 211 after Kyle Busch makes contact with the wall in Turn 2.
2:30 p.m.- We’re at Lap 203 and we’ve got a new leader – Martin Truex, Jr.
2:24 p.m.- We’re at Lap 189 here at Bristol. Kyle Larson is holding on to the lead position, followed closely by the No. 22 of Joey Logano and the No. 78 of Martin Truex, Jr.
2:12 p.m.- And we’re back to racing at BMS. Kyle Larson continues on as the race leader, followed by the No. 22 of Joey Logano, No. 24 of Chase Elliott and No. 78 of Martin Truex, Jr.
2:02 p.m.- We’re at a Stage 1 break here at BMS. Kyle Larson has so far led every lap of the Food City 500.
1:59 p.m.- We’re at Lap 115 here at BMS. Kyle Larson is still the race leader of the Food City 500, followed by No. 78 car of Martin Truex, Jr. and No. 77 car of Erik Jones. In 4th Joey Logano, 5th Jimmie Johnson and Chase Elliott in 6th.
1:47 p.m. – We’re back racing here at BMS.
1:38 p.m. – Cars are stopped on the track as crews continue to clean up after a crash at Lap 54.
1:25 p.m. – CAUTION: Lap 54 involving the No. 41 of Kurt Busch and No. 37 of Chris Buescher.
1:21 p.m.- Chase Elliott takes the second position from Martin Truex, Jr. Kyle Larson is still our leader here at Bristol.
1:16 p.m.- Your current Food City 500 leader is No. 42 Kyle Larson, followed by the No. 78 car of Martin Truex, Jr., and the No.24 car of Chase Elliott.
1:13 p.m.- We’re racing here at BMS!
1:08 p.m. – The cars are on the track. Kyle Larson secured the pole for today’s race, followed by Chase Elliott, Martin Truex, Jr., Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano.
1:01 p.m. – Drivers have started their engines and we’re moments away from the start of the Food City 500. The race, which was originally supposed to take place yesterday, was rescheduled due to weather.