Jimmie Johnson wins QuikTrip 500, NASCAR Cup Results from Atlanta


The QuikTrip 500 ended with Jimmie Johnson returning to victory lane.

Kurt Busch began the race on the pole but it was Matt Kenseth who dominated much of the early part of the race until a pit road penalty involving the gas man. Kenseth would fail to respond to a black flag and subsequently lost laps on the track.

Jimmie Johnson, winner of the 2015 race, assumed the lead late thanks in part to a faster pitstop than Kevin Harvick. While race announcers played up a battle at the end, Johnson actually pulled away from Harvick upping his lead to seven seconds with 10 to go. Harvick closed the gap slightly as Johnson put it on cruise control but with three go to the car of Ryan Newman hit the wall bringing out a caution.

Kyle Busch made a run at Johnson on the ensuing restart but a wreck in the back of the field led to the end of the race. With the win Johnson ties Dale Earnhardt with 76 career wins in the Cup Series. Chase Elliott finished eighth.

QuikTrip 500 Results from Atlanta

  1. Jimmie Johnson
  2. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  3. Kyle Busch
  4. Kurt Busch
  5. Carl Edwards
  6. Kevin Harvick
  7. Martin Truex Jr.
  8. Chase Elliott
  9. Brad Keselowski
  10. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  11. Austin Dillon
  12. Joey Logano
  13. Greg Biffle
  14. Casey Mears
  15. Aric Almirola
  16. Denny Hamlin
  17. Ty Dillon
  18. Paul Menard
  19. Matt Kenseth
  20. Danica Patrick
  21. Jamie McMurray
  22. Trevor Bayne
  23. Kasey Kahne
  24. Ryan Newman
  25. Ryan Blaney
  26. Kyle Larson
  27. AJ Allmendinger
  28. Chris Buescher
  29. Matt DiBenedetto
  30. Michael Annett
  31. Brian Scott
  32. David Ragan
  33. Michael McDowell
  34. Regan Smith
  35. Clint Bowyer
  36. Landon Cassill
  37. Cole Whitt
  38. Jeffrey Earnhardt
  39. Josh Wise