Jimmie Johnson had his third victory in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Championship at Texas Motor Speedway. He beat Matt Kenseth in a side-by-side duel in the 21 laps left out of 33.
“I was dirt-tracking the car, and having fun, and was a free spirit of sorts.��?
Johnson’s win in the Dickies 500 is his ninth Cup victory and 22nd top-10 finish in 2007. In nine starts at “The Great American Speedway!��? Johnson has posted seven top-10 finishes.
“I knew it was going to be a battle to the end,” Johnson said. “I’m glad I was able to get by. It wasn’t the best at the beginning, but we kept working on it. Now we’re racing for the championship. Now we have control.
“At the end, we were able to keep working forward. it came down to a full-blown brawl with Matt. It was a lot of fun. It put me in a bad situation with the championship, but I knew he wouldn’t clean me out.”